Here are the details passed on to me of the 1966 Riviera being sold to contribute to a charity (shown in the recent Riview).
"Obviously, the intention of the owner was to help us as we serve people in various countries around the world. We do medivac flights and angel flights, provide medical and dental clinics, build wells, teach reading classes and provide many other services to the local people in remote, undeveloped regions of the world. Please take a look at our website (flyawa.org) where you will see examples of the humanitarian work that we do. I share this information with you because we want to honor the donor's desire to provide funds for us to help as many people as possible.
That being said, I have attached the appraisal for the car and pictures that the owner provided. I have been instructed to accept the appraised value or the appraised value and any amount above that as a charitable contribution to AWA. I have received several inquiries and we hope this car will be a blessing to both the purchaser and the nonprofit.
Here are comments from the owner:
"Here are the photos of the Riviera that we spoke about. The mileage seen in the photograph is the mileage the car had at time of my purchasing it, and has about 250 additional miles on it as I have driven it some to "exercise" the car as well as checking out the rebuild on the main carburetor. The Riviera is currently equipped with it's Factory Dual Quad setup, but the "front" carb showed no signs of needing to be rebuilt, so it was not and both Carbs now perform great.
The Transmission was recently serviced with a new filter, modulator, fluid and Aluminum Transmission pan. I replaced the Factory Trans pan as it is made of thin metal & tends to distort its shape with periodic tightening of the bolts, whereas the Aluminum Trans pan does not distort and thus it seals well & does not leak.
The Air Conditioning system was recently upgraded from R-12 to R-134 Refrigerant, and the compressor was replaced with a NEW Factory style Compressor and the whole system was recently evaluated on a hot 106 degree Arizona afternoon and it blows cold!
The Suspension was recently rebuilt with new ball joints, shocks & other "consumables", and it drives superb. The "body mounts" (I believe there are four of them) MAY be in need of replacement - Nonetheless, I THINK that in the miscellaneous items that comes with the car, is a set of body mounts. I'm not certain on the newness or condition of said body mounts, however if they need replacing they are both a simple and cheap thing to replace.
The Trunk area is in as good of condition as the rest of the car and it is quite remarkable to me that it looks so good. Most cars of this vintage cannot hold a candle to this car's trunk and carpeting.
The tires were replaced by the previous owner and even still have the "blue soap" on the whitewall!
This car is 54 years old and is near perfect. However, it would take very little to get it extremely close to "perfection" with very little time, dollars and effort. This could EASILY be "the centerpiece" of any Buick collector's museum, in my opinion and experience in dealing with Grand National Roadster Show Champion cars and 55+ years of building & restoring Hot Rods and Classic Cars. I grew up with my stepfather's 1956 Buick Roadmaster, which he purchased new. I guess you could say that Buicks are one classic car venue that I do know, inside & out.
The car also comes with "extras", and they are;
Single four barrel intake manifold and carb. Stock factory exhaust manifold, as it has been replaced with a Ceramic Coated "SANDERSON" exhaust manifold. Ceramic coating lowers the exhaust (and underhood) temperature, and flows better. Also, it looks great - just like polished stainless steel. (Sanderson is a valued & highly respected manufacturer of aftermarket exhaust manifolds)."
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