All De Vaux Convertible Coupes were equipped with rumble seat and a luggage garage door remote opener troubleshooting Perhaps only two or three are known to exist. That concept car, called the Avista, was arguably the sensation of the show, and it reminded us that Buicks don't require waterfall grilles, ventiports or sweepspears to have an identity—they can simply be rolling sculpture.
The original Riviera similarly upended expectations of what a Buick could be in the early 1960s. Riviera is a hallowed name in Buick history, and while it was originally garage door remote opener troubleshooting to GM's first hardtop version of the 1949 Roadmaster—a sister car to the Cadillac Coupe de Ville and Oldsmobile 98 Holiday—it came to prominence as its own model for the 1963 model year. This new car represented General Motors' design department at the top of its game; it was a clean-sheet re-imagination of a premium Buick coupe created by stylist Ned Nickles and his team of designers and modelers, under the careful direction of vice president of design Bill Mitchell. The story of the Riviera's development out of a proposed La Salle model has often been told, and this prestige model that Mitchell himself called "somewhere between a comfortable sedan and a sports car," was immediately hailed as a landmark design.
The original Riviera exemplified Mitchell's form-over-ornamentation ethos, and its long hood/ short deck proportions were enhanced with coachbuilt Rolls-Royce-style crisp garage door remote opener troubleshooting and accented by a Ferrari-inspired eggcrate grille: it was a pure representation of power and capability dressed in a tailored three-piece suit, no frippery allowed. And this coupe had the muscle to back up its appearance, thanks to its standard 401-cubic-inch V-8 engine and heavy-duty underpinnings. The Riviera's stunning styling was what drew the teenaged Charlie Ulrich, and his friend Don, to the Buick dealership in their hometown of Corpus Christi, Texas, in the fall of 1962, and that would be an encounter he would never forget. "They had a Riviera on the showroom floor—we were all over it, drooling on it. All of a sudden, there was a hand on my shoulder, and I had the typical 16-year-old's reaction — I got ready to run!" Charlie says with a laugh.