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Mr. Riviera, I'm just curious about your car's past. I remember seeing the exact same green color with black interior on a '65 Riviera about 10 years ago at a local auction here in Los Angeles. I think it was a Rick Cole auction, but it may have been the Spectrum auction though. It was a super pristine car. I believe it was also on Ebay a couple years back if I remember correctly.

Also, whar brand are the wide whitewall tires that you have on them? That just might be my next set of tires. <img src="http://forums.aaca.org/images/graemlins/cool.gif" alt="" />

Mine's currently in a restoration shop in the process of getting beautiful. Here she was not too long ago when I pulled her out of storage...

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Updates coming soon! <img src="http://forums.aaca.org/images/graemlins/grin.gif" alt="" />

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Friend of mine owns this 67, runs 11's with a 455, at about 4400 lbs. He does drive it on the street now and then too.

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My 83, Cole, kept at the Farm in Oklahoma.

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The '84 T-type. 38k original miles and finally running right.

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My '85 part time daily driver, 143k on the original engine & transmission.

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They are all slightly different which makes them unique.

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I'll Throw mine in.

<span style="font-style: italic">1999 Silver Arrow</span>

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<span style="font-style: italic">1995 Black</span>

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And one more, for now,

<span style="font-style: italic">1992 Black</span>

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All very nice Rivieras here.

here's an overlooked model from the '74-'76 period, which most people don't appreciate:

1976 Riviera with the optional "Congressional Cream" paint and buckskin leather interior and vinyl top. This car is immaculate. I've seen very few in this condition. The interior is perfect. Every part is original or NOS replacement (except for my ACCEL HEI, coil, ign module, wires):

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My '63 I wanted to look like the Silver Arrow I. KIt originally was painted "Silver Cloud", but I had it stripped and repainted mercedes astral silver with an expensive german paint (Spies Hecker):

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Not as nice as my other two Rivieras because it was may latest acquisition. But it is very fun to drive.

Cosmetically it needs work. But after adding an ACCEL 71105e billet distributor, Jacob's Ultra Coil, ACCEL #35367 ign module, Accel 300+ low resistance plug wires, R45TSX plugs gapped at 0.065", a TA water pump, all new Gates belts and hoses, a Delco 12-SI 94-amp alternator, Optima battery with 2/0 gauge cables, POWERMASTER 9202 starter, flex-fan, a new ignition switch, a stainless-steel, mandrel-bent 2 1/2" dual exhaust, it is very reliable and runs extremely well--even better than a Lexus LS400. My mpg went from 8.9 to 15.1 with the ignition upgrades and opening the spark plug gap. It idles so smoothly and has a very crisp throttle response.

Electronic ignition is one of the best upgrades I've made that has had dramatic results.

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But I must say there are some exceptionally beautiful cars shown here--much better than mine.

I like almost all Rivieras, though I'm partial to '63-'65's, and the ones presented here are stunning.

yet, I do appreciate the other models, especially the Boattail, which has grown on me.

I still wish more people would look at the '74-'76 models. When i was a small kid, I went in a Buick showroom with my Dad, who bought a '76 Electra Limited that year. I sat in a black '76 Riviera S/R, and thought, "man, am I going to have one of these someday!!" A salesman kicked me out of the car, which made me want that model even more <img src="http://forums.aaca.org/images/graemlins/cool.gif" alt="" />

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I love it when people make Rivieras into muscle cars. They're so much more interesting than usual Mopar, Chevy or Ford.

That '66 or '67 pictured here is very cool, too.

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here's mine carcrazy_rad82F1_large.jpghere is another shot taken on the video shoot of "heartbreaker's alibi" by rhonda vincent and dolly parton carcrazy_rad9466_large.jpg

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<div class="ubbcode-block"><div class="ubbcode-header">Quote:</div><div class="ubbcode-body">My '73... Regal Black/White

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My '65... Champagne Mist/Saddle

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I don't want to show favoritism, because all the Riv's shown here are gorgeous. But the '65 in Champagne with the wire spinners looks especially sharp. Besides its great shape, I think the bright metallic colors and wires complement the '63-'65's design. But then I've seen some black first generation Riv's that look incredibly cool, too. At the Petersen museum in LA, Steve Miller (the rock 'n roll artist) has his black '65 in there with a matching black guitar. For my silver '63, I just bought some Riviera wire spinners, which I think will look great with the paint.

Coincidentally, BadgerRivFan, I have a '73 also to go with my first generation. Of course, yours both look much nicer. Actually I kind of like the shape my '73 is in. Mechanically it's in excellent condition. But cosmetically, it's in a state in which I wouldn't care about scratching the paint or making the interior dirty; so it's a car I enjoy driving regularly--something I think many of us refrain from doing for good reason. But one thing I've learned with the passing of both my parents last year: Life is too short, too ephemeral to waste time. Sometimes, saving something for the "right time" robs you of the opportunity to enjoy it. Yeah, I'm guilty of that--I garage the '63 and '76 during the winter (or longer) because I have this fear of something happening to them or for insurance reason. Well, when my '63 was garaged in my locked garage, it was broken into. There is no safety zone. And you never know when your time is up. You work so hard all your life, like my parents did, and never have time to reap the rewards of a lifetime of hard work. So, even though I have a winter transpiration car, a Lexus I hate, I'd rather drive something I like.

If you have a car you like, drive it as much as you can. You can't take it with you.

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I love the styling of the 66'-67' Rivs. The light blues and turquoise colors in those years really show off the body lines well. Awesome car!

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