I recently attended the annual car show in the tiny Swedish enclave of Bishop Hill, IL. I will likely be posting some of the more remarkable cars from that show at some point (so many cars, so little time) but in the meantime I wanted to share this lovely red 1983 Buick Riviera convertible.
This was the first–and last–Riviera convertible. Introduced in that Detroit Doldrums year of 1982, the Riv drop-top was remarkably sleek for a downsized ’80s car–owing to the shapely flanks and loss of that bolt-upright C-pillar on the coupe. These went for serious money, as in “nearly $25,000 in 1982” serious money, and in ’83, a specially-trimmed one paced the Indianapolis 500.
For retail customers (who had to go with a coupe if they wanted an Indy Pace Car replica), they had a choice of only two colors: This lovely dark metallic red, or white–both with a red leather interior. At those prices, not too many were sold, so it was a treat to see this well-kept survivor! Nice car.