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You've got to see this '68 for sale. GORGEOUS

Only negatives I see is bubbled up vinyl top and a slightly pushed in rear bumper.

If this car only had the darn air conditioning - I'd bid on it!

 

http://www.ebay.com/itm/Buick-Riviera-Base-Hardtop-2-Door-/262659869835?vxp=mtr

 

 

 

 

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I spotted that one too Paul and enjoyed the original owner/seller comments - lot's of pictures, and it's a nice, low mile original, unmolested '68 Riviera !

Didn't see any bubbles under the vinyl top in the pictures provided, and that rear bumper adjustment is an easy fix.

Missing a few options, but all-in-all a decent car, with all the original documentation, P-O-P booklet, and a dozen 8 track tapes. 

It also has the original, 1st style door pulls which were notorious for breaking due to the age of the plastic mounts, and the large, heavy doors.

Later models had the pull style strap that ran almost the full length of the upper door insert.

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Yes, check it out. Like a 2 inch bubble top right rear glass.  :(

I'd have to rib up that vinyl and investigate.

Good thing this car is thousands of miles away. Or I'd be all over it!

 

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Nice, original appearing 'survivor'.  My main gripe with the '68 and '69 models is the fact that the unique dash from the '66 & '67 was replaced with the same one used in the Electra 225.  Just removes some of the the styling impact (at least from the driver's perspective).  I also noted the original owner saw fit to add a set of 430 valve cover decals to the rocker moldings...  Still a pretty car, though.

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Thanks for detailing the  location of the rust bubble (s) Paul - missed them at first glance.

If there is one, there may probably be more !

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Looks like it sold for a bit over $16K.

 

Yeah, I think the 68-69 looks more like other more common muscle cars, than other early Rivieras. Still way more kick ass.

 

I love the rolling speedo of the 66-67, yet its also cool to have shoulder seatbelt and more rubberized dash, in the event of a collision.

 

I prefer the center horse shoe console shifter of the 68 over the 69, yet like the curved grill of the 69 over 68.

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Oh, and we can't forget about the hideaway windshield wipers! 

 

Plus, fueling up behind the license plate gets old. Much better on a 68-69.

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It's been relisted, guessing the high bidder didn't want to complete the buy ?

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Yeah I saw that! I'm chompin' at the bit.  :blink: Maybe the buyer viewed the bubbled top.

 I just cant get over no A.C. It would be a nightmare to upgrade. I'm guessing a new wiring harness would be needed also. Ugh

 

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On ‎10‎/‎2‎/‎2016 at 9:37 PM, EmTee said:

Nice, original appearing 'survivor'.  My main gripe with the '68 and '69 models is the fact that the unique dash from the '66 & '67 was replaced with the same one used in the Electra 225.  Just removes some of the the styling impact (at least from the driver's perspective).  I also noted the original owner saw fit to add a set of 430 valve cover decals to the rocker moldings...  Still a pretty car, though.

I agree. Its a shame so much was lost (Just my opinion) on the '68 dash. No gauges. Vertical face. Pretty plain layout.

The '66/'67 is (late) mid-century modern at its best. I love the bold '68 bumper though - and longer nose! And that '68 green is color good for me. ;) If I only had $20g to throw out. (I hope this sells for 20g)

 

 

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Beauty is in the "i" of the beholder guys !

The '68 instrument cluster puts everything in front of the pilot, for quick and easy reference !

The cluster pictured is not '68 Riviera, as it has a proper temperature guage, and there is no 'cruise control' option installed.

All the '68 full size cars (...LeSabre, Wildcat, Electra, and Riviera) had similar clusters, with minor variations.

However, I must admit that the rolling speedometer indicator was a neat, distinct feature of the early 2nd generation Rivieras !

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I read somewhere that the main reason was new safety regulations that dictated dash padding (among other things).  So, $-wise it made sense to amortize the investment across as many models/cars as possible.  Maybe the first step in the homogenization of the automobile that has resulted in the jelly-beans on all of the new car dealer lots today.  Is that a Ford, no - Toyota, er, Kia -- I give up...  :huh:

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Certainly the rolling speedo in the 66-67 is cool, however, we must give it up to the designers of the Toronado cluster. They really framed it with style:

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Yeah, the early Toronados shared the drum speedo with the Riviera.  There's a lot goin' on there, though - it looks a little 'cluttered' to my eye (but then again, I'm partial to the Buick).  I do, however love that 4-spoke Olds steering wheel!

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16 hours ago, EmTee said:

I read somewhere that the main reason was new safety regulations that dictated dash padding (among other things).  So, $-wise it made sense to amortize the investment across as many models/cars as possible.  Maybe the first step in the homogenization of the automobile that has resulted in the jelly-beans on all of the new car dealer lots today.  Is that a Ford, no - Toyota, er, Kia -- I give up...  :huh:

 

Spot on.  I remember being in school as a kid and being able to identify the year, make, and model of every car that went by.  The taillights alone could tell you if it was a Bel Air or Impala, a '66 or '67.  These days?  I couldn't tell you so much as the company who made 90% of the cars on the road.

 

For a cool speedo, though, it's hard to beat the 59(?)-61 Buick.  For a complete cluster, ya gotta go with the '59 Buick:

 

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That's a cluster Space Patrol would be proud of! ^_^

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Only 6 hours remaining! I hope an ROA member scoops this up :o

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. . . shoulda, woulda, coulda Paul !!

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12 minutes ago, 68RIVGS said:

. . . shoulda, woulda, coulda Paul !!

Jeeeeeez it hurts  :(

 

That pup better get adopted by a good family

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Nice original.

 

Im not huge on the color combo. No cornering lamps, no air conditioning, non-GS. But they did put a sweet 430-4 sticker on the side chrome! The price tag is hopeful...

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19 hours ago, PWB said:

SOLD AND UP FOR RESALE?

Here she is again - shipped coast to coast and the ante went way up.

Pretty slick.

http://www.ebay.com/itm/1968-Buick-Riviera-/282239258077?forcerrptr=true&hash=item41b6c54ddd:g:0RkAAOSwcUBYFt3o&item=282239258077

Looks like it sold for $17.5k. Add taxes, transportation clear across country, then subtract ebay seller fees when he resells it and on the surface, it would not appear much money is being made in the flip for the effort and risk considering the time of year.

The current seller does not have the same ebay name as the one who bought it.

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Indeed. Very strange. Maybe he discovered the bubble on the vinyl roof? Other issues? No air conditioning is a tough sell for some.

Not very much profit IF it sells for that price. But I hope it does. All boats rise/fall with the tide.

Poor car needs a home.  :(

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               The roof is rusted out and the new seller says that the car is rust free with no mention of the giant rust blister under the vinyl top.....Liar Liar pants on fire!

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