Registration No: T.B.A
Chassis No: 441389
The 1979 model year was the debut of the first front-wheel drive Riviera, which was also the first front-drive production model in Buick history. Built on a 114 in (2,900 mm) wheelbase, it once again shared its mechanical design and platform with the Cadillac Eldorado and Oldsmobile Toronado. The Olds 403 and Buick 350 were dropped, but the Olds 350 remained, as did a new turbocharged Buick V6 engine of 231ci (3.8 L) displacement with 185hp which was installed in the Riviera S-Type, shared with the Regal Sport Coupe Turbo for model year 1980. The Riviera became Motor Trend's Car of the Year and sales more than doubled, to 52,181 for 1979 and 48,621 for the similar 1980 models. 1981 saw the demise of the 350 engine in favour of the Oldsmobile-built 307ci (5.0 L) with 140hp (phased in during the 1980 model year). The standard engine was now Buick's 125hp (93 kW) 252ci (4.1 L) V6. The Convertible version was driven by Ryan Gosling’s character in the movie La La Land (2016).
A Florida car from new, and with the 5.0 litre V8, the first owner retaining the vehicle for the first 35 years of its life with 3 Florida owners since, it displays just c.34,936 miles on the odometer. Imported into the UK in April of 2023 and subsequently used on Florida plates, there is a DVLA registration in progress and it is hoped to have been completed by the time of the sale. In good condition throughout, with a typically ostentatious velour with wood-effect interior in excellent condition, the Riviera is reported to drive as a low mileage car should and even the air conditioning is described as ‘ice cold’.
The Riviera is expected to be driven 80 miles to the sale. There is a paperwork file that includes a ‘clear’ Carfax Report (US version of a HPi check) that was issued in April of 2023, various paperwork and the original owner’s manual.
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