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Hello my father bought a 73 riviera and it’s has a chrome trim the begins at the windshield and travels along the side, follows the “V” in the rear to the bumper. Can someone please help us figure out what package/ edition this might be! We look online but haven’t found one like it.

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 Maybe Rivman knows something we don't, but I can't find it in the post he mentioned. In my opinion that trim was custom made. If you google '73 Riviera images you will not find it on any of the pics of hundreds of '73s. if so, whoever fabricated the trim knew what they were doing. Frankly, in my opinion, the car will look better w/out the trim pieces & the two tone paint. The body styling on the '73 is so distinct & well defined it doesn't need anything extra to enhance it. &BTW, if you are restoring this car I have a rear bumper in very good driver condition you may want. It can be had for a song (but shipping from Fla may be a little pricey).Anyhoo, good luck w your project!    Drew

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49 minutes ago, RIVNIK said:

 

 

 

 Maybe Rivman knows something we don't, but I can't find it in the post he mentioned. In my opinion that trim was custom made. If you google '73 Riviera images you will not find it on any of the pics of hundreds of '73s. if so, whoever fabricated the trim knew what they were doing. Frankly, in my opinion, the car will look better w/out the trim pieces & the two tone paint. The body styling on the '73 is so distinct & well defined it doesn't need anything extra to enhance it. &BTW, if you are restoring this car I have a rear bumper in very good driver condition you may want. It can be had for a song (but shipping from Fla may be a little pricey).Anyhoo, good luck w your project!    Drew

 

Here is the post. He isn't called Rivman for nuthin! :)

 

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4 hours ago, RIVNIK said:

thanks Rivman,     As can be seen in the pics, those look like two different products. Verrrry interesting!

Yea I didn't notice how much different the one Vvargas posted above is. Wraps clear up to front of doors. :wacko: Agree likely just a custom job done in the 70s

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On 2/24/2020 at 9:25 AM, RIVNIK said:

 

 

 

 Maybe Rivman knows something we don't, but I can't find it in the post he mentioned. In my opinion that trim was custom made. If you google '73 Riviera images you will not find it on any of the pics of hundreds of '73s. if so, whoever fabricated the trim knew what they were doing. Frankly, in my opinion, the car will look better w/out the trim pieces & the two tone paint. The body styling on the '73 is so distinct & well defined it doesn't need anything extra to enhance it. &BTW, if you are restoring this car I have a rear bumper in very good driver condition you may want. It can be had for a song (but shipping from Fla may be a little pricey).Anyhoo, good luck w your project!    Drew

 

I agree, the trim in the pictures posted appears to be something that was custom made. I was just pointing out that it was not a factory or dealer package or edition, as was asked. I just referenced the other post to let the OP know what was available at the time.

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On 2/25/2020 at 12:58 PM, JZRIV said:

Yea I didn't notice how much different the one Vvargas posted above is. Wraps clear up to front of doors. :wacko: Agree likely just a custom job done in the 70s

 

I did notice the difference; it is a completely different trim pattern than anything I had even seen pictures of before. Everything I have seen was an addition of vinyl to “extend” the vinyl top treatment, but this one looks like they just added trim and a second paint color, for whatever reason.

 

Thanks to the Riviera Registry, no longer in existence, the below are pictures of some samples of “different types” of vinyl top treatments that had been installed on some Boattails over the years. I had never even seen any kind of treatment on a ’73 before the one pictured above.

 

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  • 4 years later...

I found this for sale.

Owner/seller ( 64 yrs old) said his dad bought it like this in 1974.

Sunroof,bucket seats...

It was kept in garage and never repainted.

He got no paperwork  with the car.

Looks legit

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That roof does not look original.  I'm not sure about the sunroof, but I've never seen one on a boat tail (though this one looks like a factory-style installation), however, the vinyl top isn't a factory style.

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10 hours ago, EmTee said:

That roof does not look original.  I'm not sure about the sunroof, but I've never seen one on a boat tail (though this one looks like a factory-style installation), however, the vinyl top isn't a factory style.

Many moons ago I had an arrangement with Acme Auto Headlines in Long Beach to act as a distributor for their headliners.  N me of their older brochures the offered a kit that extended the Rivera boat tail’s vinyl top to a point that ended like this one does.  In the kit you got the matching vinyl - precut, the stainless moldings, and clips.  This could be one of those kits.

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Ed , about sun roofs,---if you mean  you have not  ever seen one,--yes there  was quite a few fitted to 

boat tails,--infact  i remember a  man in New Zealand ,  shipped  a 72 from US had  a  sunroof that he said 

was sold from new, and for memory  there was  quite alot fitted to  1972  Boat tails. and i think  1973 as well.

probably were not factory fitted , but  arranged by another sun roof supplyer.

The  example in New Zealand was all green,--sorry i dont have a photo----no digital camera those days.

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  I guess it will remain a mystery for now, but one thing is certain. If that '73 needs a rear bumper, drop by on your next visit to Orlando & I'll give you one. Or anyone for that matter. Seems if you need one of these, you can't find one. If you've got one you don't need, you can't give it away!     Drew

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3 hours ago, Wayne R said:

Ed , about sun roofs,---if you mean  you have not  ever seen one,--yes there  was quite a few fitted to 

boat tails,--infact  i remember a  man in New Zealand ,  shipped  a 72 from US had  a  sunroof that he said 

was sold from new, and for memory  there was  quite alot fitted to  1972  Boat tails. and i think  1973 as well.

probably were not factory fitted , but  arranged by another sun roof supplyer.

The  example in New Zealand was all green,--sorry i dont have a photo----no digital camera those days.

I was referring to the vinyl top that extends across the trunk.

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13 hours ago, RivNut said:

I was referring to the vinyl top that extends across the trunk.

Sorry Ed   got it.

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