Ultimate Garage 2.0: Car Number Three

“If you prick us, do we not bleed? If you tickle us, do we not laugh? If you poison us, do we not die? And if you wrong us, shall we not revenge?”

– Shakespeare


Since I may not post tomorrow as is my wont I wanted to bring these facts to the readers’ attention:

Today is the 499th day that Disaffected Musings has existed.

This post you’re reading is post #449.

I have written about 185,000 words in this blog.


Car number three in Ultimate Garage 2.0:


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The top photo is from eBay, the bottom from classiccars.com.

The 1965 Buick Riviera GS is a no-brainer for Ultimate Garage 2.0. Actually, I wouldn’t have to have the Gran Sport. Actually, I wouldn’t have to have a ’65, any first-generation Riviera would probably suffice. However, since this is supposed to be an “Ultimate” endeavor I might as well aim for the top.

In one of the few instances where form defeats function for me I prefer the 1965 Riviera over the ’63 and ’64 primarily because of the hidden headlights. From standard catalog of® American Cars, 1946-1975 by John Gunnell: “The Riviera was a new sports/luxury model for 1963, only issued in a stunning sport coupe body style. From the front fenders, whose leading edges were vertical grilles, to the razor-edged rear contours, the Riviera looked both elegant and fast.”

Bill Mitchell, head of GM styling at this time, was inspired by a custom-bodied Rolls-Royce he saw in England. Ned Nickles drew the car under the auspices of Mitchell. For the three model years of the first-generation Buick produced 112,544 Rivieras.

The 1965 Gran Sport was powered by a 425 cubic-inch/7-liter V8 with two four-barrel carburetors that produced 360 HP/465 LB-FT of torque. (Buick engines were known for their torque during this period. The engines were often named for their torque, and not HP, output.) It also had a larger diameter exhaust than the standard Riviera and a limited-slip differential. Only 9.7% of 1965 Rivieras were Gran Sports, 3,354 of 34,586.

According to Hagerty the average value for a 1965 Riviera Gran Sport is about $52,000. At the Mecum auction in Louisville in 2018 one example hammered for $65,000 meaning the buyer paid $71,500 all in.

If I were limited to just five or six cars in my Ultimate Garage, the ’65 Riviera GS would easily make the list.

Any thoughts?






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4 thoughts on “Ultimate Garage 2.0: Car Number Three

  1. Great choice! This car is one of those designs that endure – one principal reason being that it is clean and uncluttered. The hidden headlights on the ’65 improved an already excellent design. I’ve always thought that the only improvement to the design would be if the window glass curved a bit as on the ’61 Lincoln Continental. It is possible the curved glass wasn’t used on the Riviera because of the bean counters – but I don’t know if it was even considered, so that’s nothing but speculation on my part. In the case of the Continental, the curved glass did become a victim of the bean counters on the ’64 models. IMO it was a step backward for the Continental. The Buick dealer in my home town drove one of those Gran Sport Rivieras. What a beautiful car it was!


    1. Thanks, 56packardman. Yes, the design is timeless because it is clean and uncluttered.

      I also like the ‘61-‘63 Continentals. A great departure from the orgy of fins, chrome and stainless that characterized American cars of the late 50s.


  2. This one made it into Jay Leno’s Garage Season 3, Episode 15. Sweet selection with its classic lines and the Grand Sport with the 425 V-8.


    1. Thanks, Philip. I think the 63-65 Rivieras are a relative bargain, but one man’s meat is another man’s poison or something like that. 🤪


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