Buick Riviera Wagon Needs a Seasoned Petrolhead To Help It Leave Fantasy Land

1965 Buick Riviera GS Wagon - Rendering 6 photos
Photo: Instagram | Jlord8
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Shortly after WW2 ended, Buick started using the Riviera nameplate. It's an obvious reference to the French Riviera, and the first model that got it was the Roadmaster.
The first-gen Riviera, which is considered by many to be the prettiest iteration ever made, was introduced towards the end of 1962 as a '63 model. It only came as a two-door hardtop, with front engine and rear-wheel drive layout, and a choice of two V8s, the 6.6- and 7.0-liter units, mated to a three-speed automatic transmission. Its wheelbase was comparable to that of the G30 generation BMW 5 Series, so it was a big boy, especially back then.

Since it turned out to be popular with shoppers, Buick kept refreshing it with new generations. In fact, no less than eight generations were made until 1998, when the GM-owned brand pulled the plug on it. The last one lived for only four years, and it stepped aside from the boxy looks of its iconic predecessors, adopting a more restrained and curvaceous design. There was no V8 offering here, as the sole engines were three V6 units, each with a 3.8-liter displacement, kicking out up to 240 hp in the range-topping form.

If it's one thing that all generations of the Buick Riviera had in common, bar the sixth that also came as a convertible, was the two-door coupe body style. We think many enthusiasts wondered what a sedan or station wagon version would have looked like, and this question was partially answered thanks to the rendering shared by jlord8 on social media recently. It's a five-door take on the first-gen model, which looks very gangster. Between us, the car manufacturer would have probably killed it back in the day with such a vehicle, especially since crossovers were not a thing yet.

But what did the rendering artist do to come up with this styling? Well, the entire front end obviously came from the original Riviera GS. After all, it has a pointy nose, typical headlamps, a wide grille with horizontal slats, and a chrome bumper below. For the rest of the body, the pixel manipulator turned to the third-generation Chevrolet Chevelle, hence the extremely large rear quarter windows that some of you have probably recognized.

Contributing to the classic and elegant look of the hypothetical Buick Riviera Wagon is the black paint finish with the typical chrome elements adorning the body and those old-school wheels wrapped in Hankook tires. Overall, we are fans of this project and think it could be even more jaw-dropping with some digital enhancements to the sides. We'd also wish a skilled enthusiast sees these renderings and decides this is what they need in their life. That way, it would finally escape the CGI world that traps it.

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About the author: Cristian Gnaticov
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After a series of unfortunate events put an end to Cristian's dream of entering a custom built & tuned old-school Dacia into a rally competition, he moved on to drive press cars and write for a living. He's worked for several automotive online journals and now he's back at autoevolution after his first tour in the mid-2000s.
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