|Condition||Used Clear Title|
|Engine||5.0L V8 4BL OHV|
|Drivetrain||Front Wheel Drive|
This car is located in a car collection in Plano Texas.
When it comes to the 1980's there were only a handful of cars that truly defined the era. Emerging from a dark period when American cars had become so bloated and obese-lathered with padded tops, pillowed seats and massive bodies laboring on spongy suspensions-Detroit was trying mightily to catch up with the steadily increasing influx of lighter, more fuel efficient and, frankly, better built imports.
When the Buick Riviera burst onto the scene in 1979, it was truly an unforgettable and much-needed boost of confidence to the nameplate that had graced the "Riv's" of the 1950's and 1960's. By the mid 70's, Buick had lost its way and was slapping the Riviera nameplate on an overgrown behemoth that looked more like a 2 door Estate Wagon than anything else. But then the E-body Rivera emerged with its trimmer, more athletic physique with crisp, starched lines and a subtle elegance that said, "the Riviera is back in the game."
But the best was yet to come...
In 1982, Buick introduced the first convertible to have emerged from the bowels of Detroit since 1976-and it was unforgettable. The American financial system was recovering from an economy that was just beginning to rebound and Buick took a big chance on a high priced convertible. Consider this: a brand new 1982 Buick Riviera hardtop, a best seller for Buick, cost $14,898.45 (base price with freight)-not a cheap car by any standard. The 1982 Buick Riviera Convertible, a new untested car for Buick, cost $24,494.25 (base price with freight). Add some options and this car could top out at over $27,500.00. This was the highest priced automobile GM sold, and that counted the entire brand, including Cadillac.
Presented here is the first-year, day-one, window sticker, 1982 Buick Riviera with 876 actual miles. Bought brand new by a loving collector who had the foresight to see that he was holding a piece of history in his collection, this car never left it's climate controlled storage facility in North Carolina for 30 over years, until it came into my collection approximately one year ago. This car (one of only 1248 manufactured in 1982) is, without question, a once in a lifetime find and the lowest mile, most well-preserved Buick Rivera convertible in existence. You can search the world over and you will not find a better, more original, lower mileage 1982 Riviera convertible than the one you are viewing now.
In addition to being perfectly preserved and virtually without flaw or mark, this Rivera is extremely well equipped, featuring locking gas cap, passenger power reclining seat, concert sound radio and the absolutely elusive option of the Rivera "Chrome-Plated Road Wheels" (sales code WG2). The paint has never been touched and does not even have the first rock chip, dent or flaw. The factory-applied painted pinstripes are vivid and full of color and the original bumper fillers are perfectly preserved and without any decay, fading or cracking. The "Autumn Sierra Grain" leather seats are virtually perfect and supple, showing no wear (zero), cracking or drying of any kind.
Every component works properly and as it should-including the air-conditioning and climate control system-all windows, automatic locks, which engage when putting the car in drive and disengage when putting the car in park. Even the cruise control operates flawlessly and on the first touch. As the photos show, the engine that houses the legendary 5.0 liter V8 is an absolute thing of beauty and has not been soiled with the horrible goop and spray paint that some try to pass off as an original engine compartment. It IS an original engine compartment that is white-glove clean and preserved to day-one standards. All original markings are in place, all factory ties, stamps and stickers are perfectly intact and it shows exactly what this car is: a true time-capsule that would look perfectly at home on a Buick new car showroom 32 years ago.
You've heard the expression, "the bottom looks as nice as the top;" but in this instance it is absolutely true. The brass brake springs shine like new, the gas tank is as day one new and the authentic and original GM exhaust system and fittings are indisputable proof that this car has never seen an element of nature other than pure oxygen. The entire under-carriage is perfectly preserved and is a marvel to behold.
Virtually all the books and delivery material which accompanied the car when new will also be included, including all delivery materials in the factory pouch-including the visor glove that indicates how to operate the power top, the original hang tags, all keys, build sheet, delivery documentation, dealer invoice, original title... on and on and on.... To put it succinctly, this is a one-of-a-kind luxury standard-bearer creation of GM that will never be duplicated and can never be replaced. It is the last of the venerated front wheel drive E-body convertibles which survived the emasculation of the 1986 successors that were the stunted GM stepchildren saddled with a sideways mounted six cylinder sewing machine engine.
Collectors agree that this is among GM's most beautiful creations of that era and will never happen again. The price has been established in consideration of the fact that it is a rapidly appreciating asset that is without peer among modern collectors and is a car that, in years to come, is sure to stand alongside the $150,000 plus Roadmaster's, Limited's and cherished Buick's of the 1950's and 1960.
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- White with Red Leather Interior
- Air Conditioning
- Climate Control System
- Cruise Control
- Leather Steering Wheel
- Tilt Steering Wheel
- Power Driver's Seat
- Power Passenger Seat
- Power Steering
- Power Windows
- Factory System
- 873 Miles
- No Known Mechanical Problems
- Excellent Interior
- Excellent Carpets
- Excellent Seats
- Excellent Dashboard
- Excellent Panels / Headliner
- Excellent Exterior
- Excellent Original Paint
- Excellent Trim Condition
- Excellent Glass Condition
- No Visible Rust
- No Known Accidents
- No Known Bodywork
- Fully Detailed
- Spare: No Spare