1965 BUICK RIVIERA GRAN SPORT
Chassis No. 494475H945212
Black with black vinyl interior
Engine: 90 degree V8, pushrod overhead valves, dual 4-barrel carburettors, 425ci giving 360bhp at 4,600rpm; Gearbox: 3-speed automatic; Suspension: coil springs with hydraulic tube shocks, independent front by dual A-arms, solid rear axle; Brakes: power assisted drum brakes. Left hand drive.
First introduced in 1963, the Riviera was Buick's stylish and understated interpretation of the personal luxury car, offering elegant appointments, myriad conveniences and power assists as well as ample urge from its powerful 400+ cubic inch nail head V8. The car was an instant success for its style and comfort, at a time when Buick was among the top selling nameplates from Detroit.
In 1964 Buick further improved the Riviera by making its top of the line engine, the 425ci Wildcat, standard. The evolution continued in 1965, the last year for the original Riviera body, when a second 4-barrel carburettor created the Super Wildcat rated at 360bhp, and probably producing appreciably more. Detroit had begun to underplay the power of its engines, responding to govermental and insurance industry pressure, at least in print if not in fact.
The 1965 Gran Sport package included the Super Wildcat engine, large diameter dual exhausts, limited slip differential and decorative engine accents, showing that Buick accurately defined "Gran Sport" as a performance variant. External identification was subtle, in keeping with the Riviera's quiet stylishness, which for 1965 was further evolved to feature vertically-paired headlights hidden behind retracting doors in the peaks of the front fenders (better known as Clam shell headlights) and the tail lights moved to the rear bumper for a cleaner look.
This car originally resided in California and during the 1990s was acquired by a Buick afficianado in Arizona. He commissioned a full cosmetic restoration by the famous Buick restorer, Art Wright. After about two years of ownership, Michael Malamut purchased the car and drove it back to Los Angeles. Being a perfectionist, he noticed while driving the very pristine Buick back to California that the car had a tendancy to consume more than the average amount of oil. Upon his return Mr. Malamut went about a careful and correct engine restoration that involved a complete rebuild, engine boring, new pistons and rings, sparing no expense in the attention to detail and exactness. Since the engine restoration in January, 1996, the car has been driven less than 500 miles and the odometer preseently reads 59,323 miles, believed to be since new. The car comes fully equipped with all luxury amenities including air conditioning, real wood veneer, electric ariel, tilt steering, power seats and power side and vent windows! The Buick Riviera Gran Sport is described as being an excellent driver and remains a prime example of Detroit's best combination of styling and performance.