That's when the original came out, in 1962, to be more precise, with a unique shell for General Motors and looks to die for. Production took place at the Flint factory in Michigan, and it was a two-door hardtop with a front-engine and rear-wheel drive layout, measuring 117 inches (2,972 mm) between the axles, or about as much as a modern-day BMW 5 Series executive sedan.
Two engine options were available for the first-gen Buick Riviera. Lesser models came with the 401 ci, and the 425 ci was reserved for the upper specs. The smaller V8, with its 6.6-liter displacement, produced 325 hp (330 ps/242 kW), whereas the 7.0L mill, which debuted a few months after the model hit the assembly line, was rated at 340 hp (345 ps/254 kW) and 360 hp (365 ps/269 kW) in the Super Wildcat configuration. All versions came with an automatic transmission.
You are probably wondering what lies under the hood, and the answer is the 360-horsepower 7.0-liter V8. That's right, you are looking at the range-topping Super Wildcat version of the original Buick Riviera, a 1965 model in the Gran Sport trim level. It is said to have matching numbers, and the original sales brochure and owner's manual accompany it.
Due to the highly desirable specification and great restoration that has brought it back to its initial shine, this 1965 Buick Riviera should fetch a small fortune at auction. The classic car will go under the hammer at the Kissimmee event in Florida, at the Osceola Heritage Park, from January 2 to 14, with Mecum being responsible for finding it a new home. Now, if you were in the market for such a ride, what would you pay for it?