Buick Riviera Boat Tail

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Buick Riviera 'Boat Tail'

1971 - 1973
Country:
USA
Engine:
V8
Capacity:
7459 cc
Power:
330 bhp
Transmission:
3 spd. auto
Top Speed:
200 km/h
Number Built:
n/a
Collectability:
3 star
Buick Riviera
Buick Riviera 'Boat Tail'
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Our Rating: 3

Introduction



The '63 Buick Riviera was blessed with some of the finest styling to come out of Detroit, however during the following years the style had begun to look much like all other American cars of the 60's, and had lost the once unique classiness of the earlier model.

With the Ford Thunderbird winning the sales race, GM enlisted styling boss Bill Mitchell to design the 1971 model and the result was truly magnificent!

With an aggressive front end, beautiful curved hips and fastback roofline, the true magic of the design was featured as the curved wrap-around glass flowed into a majestic "boat tail" rear end.

Powered by a huge 7459cc V8 producing 330bhp the car was capable of reaching speeds in excess of 125 mph (200 km/h).

Although controversial when released, successive Riviera's became smaller, uglier and far more conventional, ending the allure but ensuring this model would forever be remembered as a true classic.
1972 Buick Riviera Boat Tail

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