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1958 Buick Limited Rivera 2-Door Hardtop - Sunnyside, Canada - Not Mine - 9/18 SOLD!


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For auction on Ebay 1958 Buick Limited Rivera 2-Door Hardtop in Sunnyside, Canada  -  open bid $12,000 Canadian dollars (approximately $9,105.60 US dollars)  -  Ebay seller http://mic_38662   -  No phone # provided

 

Link to auction:  https://www.ebay.com/itm/402420958686

 

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The 1958 Buick Limited Rivera was available as a 4-door hardtop, a 2-door hardtop and a convertible.  This car is a 2-door hardtop and there were only 1,026 made.  This makes it a very rare model.

The 1958 model is remembered by many enthusiasts as the zenith of automotive excess: the largest cars with the most lavish trim. In period literature, Buick proclaimed that the new lineup “looks and feels like flight on wheels.” Dubbed the “Air Born B-58,” the 1958 Buicks were considered to be immediately stunning to the eye with a big, bold presence. The cars were stated to have been “born out of more aviation principles, starting with the extensive new use of aluminum throughout, than any car before.”

Along with the look of flight being part of their design philosophy; Buick wanted the car to be associated with the principles of flight for their mechanical performance, accomplished by the 364-cid, 300-hp “nailhead” V-8. The Limited featured the Flight Pitch Dynaflow transmission, which featured three turbines and a variable-pitch stator.

Few American cars of the era were more chrome-covered than the 1958 Buick Limited. True to the Limited heritage, the 1958 Limited was the top of the line, carrying the same dynamic “Fashion Air Dynastar” styling as other Flint products of the year, including a remarkable grille composed of 160 faceted chrome squares.

The platform is on a longer 127.5-inch-wheelbase chassis, for a total span from nose-to-nose of over 227 inches. Distinctive to the three Limited body styles were the “hash marks” along the rear fenders. The Limited was also the only 1958 Buick model that featured the distinctively beautiful, bright lower rear quarter panels that blend impeccably into the massive rear bumper. Chrome bands surround each wheel opening and the taillight towers are dramatic in presentation and also unique

This car has mainly been stored inside.  The body number is “4837X” and the serial number is “8E1075784”.

It has 77.015 miles and runs and drives great.

Other features include a clock, beige leather and cloth upholstery (code 763), Wonderbar radio, power windows, power front seat, power steering, power brakes and it also had air conditioning.  The seats, carpet and door panels in the interior are a little worn.  The dash is in great condition as is the headliner and the upper chrome mouldings.

The exterior paint is weathered but there are no major dents or rust.   There is a crack in the front windshield.  Most of the exterior stainless-steel trim is in nice condition.  There is a small dent on the upper left quarter panel moulding and minor dents on the wheel-well mouldings.  The tail light bezels are a little pitted and the right rear bumper extension has a little rust but the front bumper and grille are in very nice condition. The undercarriage also has a little surface rust.

 

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This is a significant car.

The 1958 Limited 2-door hardtops are, today, 

much rarer than the 1958 Limited convertibles.

 

The Limited convertibles are a classic case

of a low-production car that became popular

with collectors, so that they aren't especially

hard to find now.

 

Thanks for finding this, Fin Seeker.

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10 minutes ago, Matt Harwood said:

You know your car is way too heavy when your power steering pump is air-cooled like a motorcycle engine.

Very Funny!!  It appears it had Air Poise suspension, and the air compressor is still in place.

 

Craig

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3 minutes ago, 8E45E said:

Very Funny!!  It appears it had Air Poise suspension, and the air compressor is still in place.

 

Craig

 

Cool, I didn't realize that is what that pump is. I simply assumed power steering but this makes much more sense. Given that I've never seen a complete air suspension in the wild, that might make this car an even more significant find.

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11 minutes ago, Matt Harwood said:

 

Cool, I didn't realize that is what that pump is. I simply assumed power steering but this makes much more sense. Given that I've never seen a complete air suspension in the wild, that might make this car an even more significant find.

It appears this one was converted to conventional coil spring suspension, which 95% of them were.  A Buick specialist can tell us more how much of the original air suspension components air still available.  Air Suspension was available on all 5 GM divisions, and standard on the Eldorado Brougham.  

 

Craig

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Very cool original looking car. I didn't see anything stating the finish is original, though. It'll be interesting to see what the bidding gets to.  Working against the bidding process a little will be that the eBay seller has zero feedback. This is a car you'd probably want to see in person before buying, anyway, so that might have minimal impact. Thanks for posting.

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From the pictures, knowing full well it can hide a few sins, it appears to be a very solid car.

Common areas for rust on all '58 Buick's are right under those dual headlights as there are no inner front splash shields to keep road elements from building up behind the headlight housings and blasting off the under coating and paint. Ask me how I know...

 

With that colour paint and the interior (which I believe is factory colour and upholstery) it doesn't quite have the appeal mine has in black which definitely shows off the chrome more.

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Will have to check my vin # and see if it was built before or after mine.

Buick didn't use sequential numbering for specific model lines but agree with published numbers that indeed there were only 1,026 of the 2 door Limited model produced. 

 

Wish I had more space for this one...

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I'm kind of torn on this one, not that I am a buyer or back in the hobby but if I was, and I could only have one car, this would be a good one to have.  I'm into rarity in a way, but if there was a better condition 1958 "standard" Roadmaster 2 OR 4 door hardtop for the same price, I would take it.  58 Roadmasters already have a crap load of chrome anyway, well all 58 Buicks do, so a few hashmarks do nothing for me.  

 

But a VIN is a VIN and this is one of 1,026 and if you tuned it up and made sure it was reliable, then why not drive the darn thing and chip away at some side projects.   I could never afford to restore it like "dei".   Also, I am a big tan/brown/saddle fan but not for this car.  I agree "dei's" car looks great in black, or dark blue.  I can't follow the chrome as well with this beige-y color on this car.  Interior is fine.  

 

In my opinion, I would like to get this car for $8,000 and another $7500 to $12,000 car, and as some of our posters have done so well since the pandemic started - they are available.  That way you could justify keeping this rare car original, keeping it as nice as possible but not feel like you wanted a nicer car.  Like I said I am out - I lost $4000 on my last pair of collector cars and am down to $800 on the low interest personal loan I took to buy them.   I just lose money on old cars and this guy probably paid $6000 for this car and has enjoyed it and now wants to double his profit.  

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