A total of 37,658 Rivieras were built for the 1964 model year, and one of those would catch Charlie's eye and reignite his garage door remote opener battery nearly 52 years on. In January 2014, my wife, Sherry, and I were on an anniversary trip in Las Vegas. "I've always been a British-car guy, driving Austin-Healeys, Jaguars and the like," he continues. "I'd never owned one, and was not looking for a Riviera at all.
But I'm in a local AACA club that does a lot of touring, and my garage door remote opener battery cars aren't great for touring. I thought this car would be great to drive. I began crawling all around it, and realized that it wasn't rusty at all. I then had to convince Sherry this was something we had to have! Of course, she brought it up in the first place, although she will deny that now," Charlie laughs.
The Sunburst Yellow-over-white garage door remote opener battery Riviera was there on consignment, and after the Port St. Lucie, Florida, residents purchased it, they learned the car's history, and why it had fewer than 50,000 original miles on the odometer. It had been ordered, new, by the consigning seller's father, as a gift for her mother, who drove the car in Grand Rapids, Michigan, for five or six years, until she died. The Buick then sat in the family garage for the next two decades, before the widower gave it to his daughter in Las Vegas; she drove it periodically for another 24 years before putting it up for sale. "The daughter told me that her father was very unhappy with the factory paint quality, and demanded the dealer do something about it.