Rivdrivn

Well-optioned '65 on eBay

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This one looks like it has just about everything 

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                 That is an awesome car, but the ad claims the interior is in mint condition, yet the fabric on the seats

has faded to bright pink? 

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I think it's the sun reflecting weird light on the silver cloth.  

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I've never seen a '65 with so many factory options.

And what is that switch on the wood part of the door panel, power door locks?

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               The cloth on that car should be black, not silver

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It looks like black cloth that has faded over the years.  Not sure what the switch is on the wood veneer.  You can see 2 switches on the arm rest which would indicate power windows and power vent windows.  Power door locks were not a factory option at the time.  I am guessing that the laminated window sticker is a reproduction piece so possibly some features could have been added by previous owners.  Some "brass hat" cars were produced for GM executives that contained options that were never offered to the public on specific makes and models.  The data plate would usually indicate if it was a brass hat car or not.  Don't know if a Riviera brass hat car was ever built but there have been several documented Chevy's that have surfaced over the years built under the brass hat program.

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I don't know if it was you're calling a brass hat car but the black 85 Riviera that I had shiwed on the build sheet that it was shipped to Buick Motor Division in Flint.  It had all the options including sun roof and digital dash.

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1 hour ago, Rivdrivn said:

I've never seen a '65 with so many factory options.

And what is that switch on the wood part of the door panel, power door locks?

Looks like a power window switch, dunnit?  My first thought was that allegedly original window sticker notwithstanding the interior had been upgraded from standard as part of a restomod.

 

My second thought was that this looked like the car that some folks have been trying to put together piece-by-piece. ;)

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I like the seat belt holders on the console. Very handy. My silver Riv has them too. I figured it was a one-off but now there are two. Was this a dealer add on?

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I would be interested in knowing more about those seat belt holders as well.

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The seat belt holders are not a period correct Buick accessory. Seems to me I`ve seen these on Corvettes.

 Tom Mooney

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2 hours ago, 1965rivgs said:

The seat belt holders are not a period correct Buick accessory. Seems to me I`ve seen these on Corvettes.

 

Which kinda makes one think you might want to see the build plate to corroborate some of those other options.

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As Tom stated, these seat belt holders are not a Buick accessory and it looks like they come off a mid year Corvette.  I have them on my 66 Vette and it looks like someone retrofitted them to the Riv.   

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If anyone happens to get more info on this car like the Fisher Tag data and engine number please post.

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I think those belt holders are the cat's meow. If anyone can give me a lead on where to get them, I'd appreciate it. They look like a U hook that the seat belt just buckles up to. Neat, keeps them out of the way.

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23 minutes ago, jframe said:

I think those belt holders are the cat's meow. If anyone can give me a lead on where to get them, I'd appreciate it. They look like a U hook that the seat belt just buckles up to. Neat, keeps them out of the way.

Wouldn't you rather wear your seat belt?

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22 minutes ago, jframe said:

I think those belt holders are the cat's meow. If anyone can give me a lead on where to get them, I'd appreciate it. They look like a U hook that the seat belt just buckles up to. Neat, keeps them out of the way.

 

Here's mine. One of many custom features that came on my new project car

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1 hour ago, jframe said:

 

 

1 hour ago, KongaMan said:

Wouldn't you rather wear your seat belt?

I dont wear mine. Those type seat belts were dicontinued because of the injuries to the spinal cord in a impact. As crazy as it may sound i would rather have my face smashed in or even die than be paralyzed for life

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Wear you seat belts. I friends wife slid off the road, hit hard sideways and was ejected out of the car.

She was almost smashed by the car, and was close to paralyzed after bouncing into the ditch. So now all there classic cars have lap belts or better.

 Steve

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I DO wear the belts, I just think it gives the interior a neat, classy appearance when not in use. It REALLY appeals to my OCD.

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Well, I won't try to preach to anyone, because I believe every man and woman should be able to do as they please.  But, I will say that I was a fireman for 7 years, and was on the extrication van ("jaws of life") for quite a few accidents.  If you've seen what I have seen, you would wear your seatbelt, believe me.  The old "getting thrown clear of the accident" might work once in 500 times, the other times you get thrown clear, and impact the ground, a tree, or some other solid object without a steel cage around you at over 100 mph (when a car is rolling it will throw objects at a much higher speed than the vehicle was actually traveling, like a catapult), it is not a pretty sight.  I was actually in a rollover at age 15 and didn't have my seatbelt on, and I would've been injured much worse if I had, but that was that one in 500 I was talking about.  Despite that lucky occurrence, I still personally wear mine every time I'm in the car....Just food for thought, and I won't argue with anyone that decides otherwise.

 

Lucas

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What ever happened in the laws that regulated car production where you had to have your seat belt fastened to start the car?  

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33 minutes ago, RivNut said:

What ever happened in the laws that regulated car production where you had to have your seat belt fastened to start the car?  

 

Air Bags (aka: "passive restraints")

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