Ever see one of those classified ads which claims a car would be “great to drive it while you restore it”? This boattail Riv sure reminds me of those sort of ads.
Whenever I drive to the Cities, I pass a particular house in the northern suburb of Blaine. The owner always has a few interesting, if rather rusty, older GM products around in various states of completion.
For the past year or two, his fleet included a four-door Chevelle, a ’70 if I recall; an early ’70s Firebird that had received an incorrect set of snowflake wheels; and a Chevy pickup of similar vintage. But recently, I noticed that the Chevelle had disappeared. In its place was this.
At a glance, this Riviera actually looks pretty decent. But it’s a northern car with northern rust. Still, if I stumbled upon it for a cheap price (which this guy likely did), I’d drive it.
From this shot, at least we can be sure it’s not a ’73. Seeing the grille might have shed some light on the situation – but unfortunately I couldn’t get a shot of it.
We can also be sure someone wasn’t too careful with it… ouch!
For that matter, is it a real GS? I’m not learned enough in Riv trivia to tell without popping the hood.
Did you notice the Transporter in the background? It seems our Buick-owning compadre isn’t the only one who likes to keep a few CCs around. In addition to the bus, his neighbor owns three Chevy trucks, each with a boat hooked to it.
Turns out Eugene isn’t the only city with designated CC neighborhoods. As I went further down the street, looking for a place to make a U-turn with my trailer, I noticed that almost every driveway had at least one! Everything from boxy pimped-out Panthers, to a red Supra that looked like it was ready to go to the races. Needless to say, I’ll be back to shoot more in the near future.