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  1. Started the day out in the Sportwagon, then switched to the Riviera GS! 65 was a fantastic year! Enjoyed the ride!...
  2. A very 1970s color combination - I remember seeing this combo on a lot of new cars during that era. Overall a nice car!
  3. I hope this one finds a good home! I have a soft spot for the 61 E225s and this one looks like its all there; the rust on the lower fenders should be manageable...pictures of the under belly would be helpful in determining how far the body rot has gone. Wish I had room and appetite for 1 more...
  4. I ordered rear springs for my 65 Sportwagon from Eaton, and am very happy with the results.
  5. Took Sportwagon for a coffee run this afternoon. Got several thumbs up!
  6. I think the Wildcat was built on the 126 inch Electra wheelbase in 67 and 68, even though it shared its roofline and body contouring with the smaller LeSabre. The Riviera was on a 119 inch wheelbase. So there was a size difference, and the Wildcat was somewhat positioned as a sporty and more youthful alternative to the Electra 225. Equipped correctly, it could be quite stunning. As the personal luxury market was heating up it would make sense that Buick push the Riviera as its "sport/luxury" champion. In general, though, the market was moving away from their full size sporty entries and repositioning those that remained more as luxury cruisers with a somewhat sporty twist, and the Wildcat got caught up in that trend. The 'cat went back on the smaller LeSabre wheelbase for 69 and 70. I kind of find it surprising though that buyers of the sporty models seemed to be content with bench seats rather than the buckets/console. Buick began putting the bench in Riviera in 66 in response to customers who did not want the buckets. I think base model Rivs had a straight bench starting in 66 rather than the split back "strato" bench with a center armrest - not very desirable IMHO. As John D notes above, it wasn't uncommon for the GS to be equipped with a bench seat.
  7. I had a friend who was the original owner of a 67 Wildcat 2 door hardtop, with bucket seats, console and fender skirts - man, that was a sharp car with loads of style and presence. She drove that 'cat into the early 1980s at which point she traded it on a 2 door Regal. I didn't like the 68 as much because it lost the Wildcat trademark grille. I think I've seen a few 4-door hardtop Wildcats that had bucket seats and at least a consolette - that set up was also quite nice IMO.
  8. Sorry Scott...I purchased the sign a few months ago and hope to hang it in my new garage at some point in 2021! Are you an Opel fan?...and Happy New Year!
  9. Had the 65 Sportwagon out for a spin this afternoon and evening
  10. My wife and I went for a nice cruise in the electra 225...nice to have it out and about
  11. Put a few miles on the Sportwagon this afternoon. A number of people asked about it! The skyroof wagon does make people smile 😄
  12. Suddenly it's 1965 again! Got the Sportwagon and Riviera together side by side!
  13. Brought the 65 Riv home from the body shop on Saturday. It is now back to its original factory color...looking great!!
  14. John, Is this sign still available? If so, I'll message you to discuss further. Thanks.
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