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'64 or '65 Riviera - WTB

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Looking to buy an excellent condition '64 or '65 Riv that wife and I can do some touring in. Want to enjoy the car so don't need perfect but in very good or better condition. Would like a well appointed/accessorized car. Appreciate any suggestions of sellers/cars that are really selling and not testing the waters or fishing.

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Be sure to get some driving time on the car you choose. The elbow room between the seat and door is a little tight. I found the second generation to be more comfortable for seating space.

 

The foam in the seats is half a century old and may not be very good support on long drives. My Wife really can't ride any distance in my '64 any more, and the car is quite low to enter and exit. That is one of the reasons (excuses) I haven't felt a greater sense of urgency to get my last redo completed on the car. The '60 Electra is taller with a more upright seat. She can do a two hour drive just fine in that.

 

I will always keep the car for my personal use, but I know it won't be a sharing thing. If possible both of you should spend an hour riding in the car you like.

Bernie

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19 minutes ago, 60FlatTop said:

Be sure to get some driving time on the car you choose. The elbow room between the seat and door is a little tight. I found the second generation to be more comfortable for seating space.

 

The foam in the seats is half a century old and may not be very good support on long drives. My Wife really can't ride any distance in my '64 any more, and the car is quite low to enter and exit. That is one of the reasons (excuses) I haven't felt a greater sense of urgency to get my last redo completed on the car. The '60 Electra is taller with a more upright seat. She can do a two hour drive just fine in that.

 

I will always keep the car for my personal use, but I know it won't be a sharing thing. If possible both of you should spend an hour riding in the car you like.

Bernie

Great advise, Bernie!

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I don't agree with that totally.  I have done 4hr+ trips in my 64 Riv and got out with zero pain. Super comfortable crusing car.  Mine has the standard interior, which does have the short armrest and gives more leg room, if you are tall/have long legs this helps.  Really depends on how big you are, as to how comfortable it is.  The passenger seat has no limitations, wife should be fine for extended trips.  That's my experience, at least.  

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I've driven my '64 Riv. over 300K since new. MANY of those miles were on LONG trips ALL over the country. Then again I'm not 275lbs. plus nor over 6ft. tall. I've ALWAYS felt comfortable & relaxed while driving & still enjoy the drive EVERY time I go for a ride. Brings me back to my teen yrs. UNFORTUNATELY can't bring back the teen vitality, but with age your supposed to get smarter so they say.

 

 

Tom T.

 

 

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