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  1. I don't know the name of the BCA member that bought the 1965 Riv GS.  I was standing beside a BCA member that I DID know, and the buyer was with him.  He and another guy I didn't know were bidding head-to-head on it until the final price of $1,500 was reached.  He was smiling when it came out in his favor. 


    Getting personal now, the 1965 Riviera GS is my top-most, favorite Buick.  Although I have never owned one. But I have to tell you, if I had the cash and trailer with me, I would have bought it.  And I wouldn't have thought at all about 'Is it worth it?'  I wanted it, I have always wanted a 1965 Riviera GS, and this one was in my price range.  It would have been a dream come true for me. An opportunity to buy a complete one for that low of a price may not come my way again.  Sure, it would have taken a lot of work, but, man, I could have had one. That's all that mattered to me.

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  2. I posted some of the results with pictures in another thread in the General section.  Sorry about that.  Perhaps the moderator can combine that one with this one?  They were unbelievably low prices.  I was on the way from Texas to visit my sister in Minnesota so I wasn't prepared with a trailer or anything like that.  If I had a trailer there, it would have something on it for sure.

  3. Yeah, there was a blizzard on Friday, but the weather on Saturday was quite nice.  Although it was cold, the wind had died down and the sun was out.  I have never seen an auction like this where the prices were so low.  Cars were going for unbelievable low prices.  There was no starting bid, so each car started out at $50. There were lots of 1st generation 1963-1965 Rivieras, and a few other Buicks.  The owner, for the most part, collected them, but didn't part them out.  Therefore, most of the Buicks were very complete, including untouched, original engines.  The only damage to them was due to flat tires and sitting out in the weather so long.  The gem of the show was a 1965 Riviera Gran Sport.  It was by far the highest priced car. I thought the bidding would stop at $500, but 2 guys got into a bidding war and neither one wanted to give it up.  This rare Buick sold for $1,500, with a 100% complete 2x4 engine and wheels.  It went to a BCA member. All of the other Rivieras sold for under $300.

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  4. There is an auction going on in Granville, IA this Saturday, November 19. The owner of a mechanic shop passed away recently and his family is clearing out everything.  He had quite a collection of 1st generation Rivieras.  Lots of specialty tools, too.  I will stop by there on my way up to Minnesota to spend Thanksgiving with sister.  Those of you around Iowa should come check it out, too.  Here is a link.



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  5. I agree with Bernie.  Get your car and get out of there as fast as possible, before they do any more work on it.  At this point, you will never trust anything they say or do.  You may have to pay their bill to do so, but it is too late now. The shop was dishonest in doing the work without your permission or prior knowledge, but the work is done now and there's nothing you can do about that.  Chalk it up as a lesson learned, and make sure you get estimates beforehand.  References don't hurt, either.  I tend to go to places referred to me by trusted friends, whether they are more expensive or not, because I trust the references.  Good luck, and please keep us posted on this situation.

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  6. Great idea, Bill.  I will definitely be doing that.  I help run the registrations at both shows.  This is a fantastic show.  It has been run by the same group of people for many years, with Jeff as the head. Because most people in charge have been doing it for years, it runs very smoothly.  Last year I asked many repeat registrants why they keep coming back.  For the majority of them, they said it was the variety of cars.  You get everything from Yugos to Maseratis. Stock to wild and crazy.  The location and atmosphere is wonderful.  Friday night is a casual Cruise-In but they give out 100 6-foot-tall trophies, picked by a handful of judges.  Saturday is the serious judging, with each group (Mustangs, Corvettes, Buicks, etc.) having their own show-within-a-show. There is a band performing outside for free on both Friday and Saturday nights. It is a fun time. You will not regret going to it.

  7. I think it is interesting to see the breakdown by decade.  25% of the cars are from the 1960's.  And what happened in the 1980's to where they are not as plentiful as I would expect them to be?  Great showing for the pre-1920's cars, too.