The Buick Riviera boat-tail is finally catching on ...Published on 11.05.2018
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It was long, with a pointed leading edge and a low beltline that swept down to meet prominent haunches. Its signature styling detail, which earned it its nickname, was its boattail shaped rear complete with curved glass, reminiscent of the Mid-Year Corvette.
Like the original in 1963, it looked quite like a concept. It was beautiful, but it was risky gamble. It did not pay off, as its more conservative rival, the Ford Thunderbird with its handsome fastback, outpaced it on the sales floor. Even with a powerful 455 Buick big-block under the hood, the Riviera GS couldn’t excite customers.
Buyer interest has surged, outpacing the rest of the collector car market, causing prices to go up by 28 percent over the last year ; auction prices are up by 20 percent.
Some notable auction sales include :
- A 1972 that sold for $49,500 at RM Fort Lauderdale more than $17,000 above its current #1-condition value.
- A 1972 GS that sold for $44,000 at Mecum L.A last year, more than $15K above the #1 value at the time.
- A 1971 model that for $28,600 at last month’s RM Auburn Fall event $6K more than its current #2 value.
Copyright @ 2018 Hagerty by Brandan Gillogly
Credit Photos : Mecum
Alan Baire Eveillard
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