The Buick Riviera is a luxury coupé produced in various forms from 1963 to 1999. GM’s first entry into the prestige market, the two-door hardtop Riviera received lofty praise from automotive journalists on its high-profile debut. This full-size luxury coupé was the company’s flagship car and was targeted at those expecting performance and top comfort in a personal cruiser.
This 65 model is fitted with the 425 Buick V8 engine, which produces 360 hp and drives the rear wheels through a three-speed automatic gearbox. It has a fastback roof and other sloping lines, with its more powerful engine placing it squarely in the muscle car category. It also features innovative frameless windows and sharp lines and edges of a more European style, which made it stand out from its competitors.
This Riviera had a top speed of 130 mph and in 1965 alone a total of 35,000 examples were sold.