Ebay is an interesting “community” wafting about in the murky hinterlands of cyberspace. Puffing is commonplace and one must use due diligence when wading into “Blue Skyville.” A text book example of said puffery is this Ebay listing for a fairly rare 1970 455 Buick Riviera. Follow along as we ascertain exactly what we’re dealing with here.
Located in Brooklyn, this 102,000 mile (202K, 302K?) one -owner car looks fairly clean, complete and presentable. There are few of these old leviathan luxury barges left in any condition, so initially we’re off to a good start. This IS a very rare, one year design and the 455 is always a plus, but it does occupy a gray area in the pantheon of Rivieras as it doesn’t match the high-water mark years of ’63,’66 or the boat tail ’71, in desirability or value. Oh, and the car looks waaaay better with full fender skirts, the only year a Riv ever had ’em.
This car is also rollin’ the automotive version of the “Full Clevlend” (Brooklyn?) with one hell of a cookies and cream paint job,( “no damage evident,”) and an interior resplendent with orange piping, a schweet stereo system and Pep Boys aftermarket gauges. Thankfully, those goofy stick-on portholes are absent.
Our favorite part of the description is seller’s claim of “no odors,” in the interior. We find it hard to believe that this thing doesn’t have a residual hint of Little Tree air freshener and Paco Rabanne cologne co-mingling with the “Elk Grain” vinyl upholstery…
If this car is as clean and undamaged as seller says, it would be GREAT re-imagined as a Barris-like custom or returned to the way God and Bill Mitchell intended; a subtle, single hue executive hot rod. Or, leave it as is and head on down to the hipster watering hole, they’ll LOVE it.