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1965 Riviera Sighting On Barrett-Jackson Today

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Just watched a 1965 Riviera Gran Sport cross the block at Barrett-Jackson. Not completely stock—the white letter Radial T/As were a little jarring. "Onyx Black" (obviously not original color) with what is claimed to be the original black vinyl interior. Stated to have 70,803 miles, it went for $50,000 plus buyer's premium.

 

https://www.barrett-jackson.com/Events/Event/Details/1965-BUICK-RIVIERA-GS-230652

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Too cheap to rechrome the air cleaner so it's painted silver. Surely that would raise a flag.

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1 hour ago, RivNut said:

Too cheap to rechrome the air cleaner so it's painted silver. Surely that would raise a flag.

 

I rarely understand the choices sellers make when they cheap out. Do you think it's a real Gran Sport?

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It looks like a small emblem car as well.  A few liberties have been taken but if it is a legit GS, it wouldn’t take a whole lot to take it to the next level.

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Probably a different paint color from factory:

 

"It’s been refinished in Onyx Black over its original black interior"

 

But who knows. The cryptic language on the auction block. 

 

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Engine compartment looks liberally sprayed with Satin Black to cover all sins.  Including the body plate on the firewall.  Also the A/C compressor seems to be missing....

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