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About j3studio

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  1. I'm interested in mapping Riviera color changes over time—eventually 1963-1999 (I've done this for portions of other marques previously). If you are wondering about the order of colors from top to bottom, I'm following the classic ROYGBIV—but I may be getting some of the color order wrong because I don't yet have a good handle on the color calibration.
  2. I like a lot of the first generation Riviera colors—I think Buick had a very good handle on what looked good on the Riviera. I've been working on a chart of all Riviera colors. I enclose an early beta for 1963-1965, with the colors yet to be calibrated.
  3. It would have been easy to do this when those cars were new—when GM did cutaways in the 1950s and 1960s, it was usually with an engine that was defective in some way, so it was QC thing. Nowadays, as many have pointed out, it's much harder and far more painful.
  4. Back for sale at $13,900. https://www.ebay.com/itm/1964-Buick-Riviera/202706809634
  5. Which begs the question: who will be at Gettysburg who is on this forum? I'm betting on NC1968Riviera (his car is on all the materials), Rivman, Klaus all the way from Germany, EmTee, and many others, but I don't know any of this. I'll be arriving mid-morning on Wednesday, in an inappropriate car.
  6. If I had an 851, this would be the last of my considerations …
  7. No. That's why I said "I believe." I don't trust my ability to match the old paint charts to the colors I am seeing.
  8. When I started having the 1985 judged, many folks called it a "late-model" without any artifice. Now folks in the same hobby only call it a late model to tease me. Everything is relative and everything changes over time—the NCRS initially planned to never judge any car newer than 1962.
  9. I should have been more precise and less concise. My point was that when I decided to purchase a C4 Corvette, neither year nor color were optional—I was either going to buy a Light Blue Metallic 1985, or I wasn't going to purchase any C4. Closer to the topic at hand: I've been interested in pre-war cars since I was about eight. I saw an Auburn 851 Speedster in either (I believe) Empress Beige or Palm Beach Tan, and I was smitten. My taste in pre-war cars runs toward the ridiculously expensive, so it is quite unlikely that I will ever own one. However, I—and many others I know—are not remotely interested in getting a car from an age or a marque that merely reminds me that I don't have the one I really want. If I am going to have any Auburn, I want that 851 and I want that color.
  10. I'm not knocking his choice—it just saddens me. The stunning expenditure of sweat equity does make you think. On my NCRS Corvette I definitely am more careful and take more consideration than I did before I started the restoration process—and I'm known in that part of the hobby for driving mine. I might be reading a little too much into what he writes, but I think he might be hoping for a buyer who drives it at least a little more. However, at that price he may just get someone who wants to have one of the most perfect highly optioned second generation Rivieras in existence in his or her presumably expansive garage.
  11. Customs are so tough—especially ones that are so far out. A few age well (Cadzilla comes to mind) but most don't. I posted about Golden Piranha because it is a relatively well-known third-party Riviera custom.
  12. The link, which I believe is okay to provide: https://www.hemmings.com/classifieds/cars-for-sale/buick/riviera/2275622.html Agreed that it is a gorgeous car. One line from the description saddens me: "Though it was built to run as good as it looks, this Riviera is too rare and exceptional for me to drive and enjoy without causing mental stress."