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Question for '70 Riviera owners


JonW
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I would like to find a nice Riviera, and the year is not that important. I like them all EXCEPT the '70, because of the fender skirts. However, I have seen some '70 models with abbreviated fender skirts. I assume that was an option. Are those available in the event I wanted to buy a set to put on a Riviera that has the full skirts?

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1 hour ago, Pat Curran said:

The fender skirts were standard equipment but there were two styles to chose from, the full skirt or the mini skirt.  The sweep spear side molding was optional however.

 

The shorter skirts were sometimes called "High Profile wheel opening covers."

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On 8/30/2021 at 8:49 AM, Pat Curran said:

The sweep spear side molding was optional however.

 

Sometimes, I see 1970 Rivieras with the area

within the side moldings painted a color different

from the paint on the car's body.  Was this an option?

I'm assuming it's not just the owners' customization.

 

Here are 2 pictures from the internet to illustrate.

One with a contrast, one without:

 

1970-buick-riviera

Picture of 1970 Buick Riviera, exterior, gallery_worthy

Edited by John_S_in_Penna (see edit history)
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Based on the sales literature and my own observations when these cars were new, if the car had the optional side molding, it was painted the same color as the car.  The outline of the molding had a chrome finish however.  The chrome finish is also under the paint and it is not unusual to see examples today with the paint removed to expose the chrome.

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