1983 Buick Riviera Convertible
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1983 Buick Riviera Convertible
- All Original
- Red over Red with a White Power Top
- 5.0L V8 Engine
- 67k Original Miles
- Purchased New from Sharpe Buick, Grand Rapids, MI
- Original Documentation
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“Bliss on Wheels is what it is.” – Car and Driver, 1983 Buick Convertible Road Test
Car and Driver's reviewer, Patrick Bedard, waxed eloquent about his Riviera Convertible review assignment: “Not just any convertible either, but a Buick. Not just any Buick convertible either, but a pretty red one. And a fine thing it is. Red Buick convertibles were – and still are – made for the movies. Ford and Chevy convertibles were for kids and cruising – perfect for the prom, bitchin' at the beach – but a red Buick was for celebrities and grand entrances. Cary Grant could ease up to the party entrance of the Beverly Hills Hotel in a red Buick convertible and the scene would be seamless. Nobody would know whether it was the movies or real life. It could be either, because a red Buick convertible has always been good enough for anybody and anyplace.”
“… Buick had high aspirations for this car. It was designed to be a no-excuses convertible: no excuses for the lack of a back seat, no excuses for the lack of rear quarter-windows, no excuses for anything. As a result, the Riviera convertible really is every bit as good as the convertibles you used to take for granted.”
“Probably the highest compliment we can pay to a convertible is that, were it not for the sun on the head and the wind in the ears, we wouldn't know it was a convertible. The Riviera drives very much like the coupe from which it is derived. The convertible's extra 167 pounds soften the performance of the 4.1-liter V-6 somewhat, making the optional V-8 a good call if you ever plan to hurry. The four-speed automatic is a fine thing with either. The suspension rates have been increased in the convertible, primarily as an anti-shake measure, but the handling is also crisper as a result. Four-Wheel disc brakes are also standard equipment. Buick hasn't held back on the good stuff.”
Offered here is an all-original 1983 Buick Riviera Convertible in burgundy over burgundy. Supported with extensive documentation, this Riviera was purchased new at Sharpe Buick in Grand Rapids, Michigan on August 21, 1983. The car's odometer now shows 67,809 miles, roughly just 1,750 miles per-year since new. This Riviera has been very well maintained through the years.
The exterior metallic burgundy paint shows well for its age. The hood and trunk both show some dulling from the sun, while all other body panels retain very good gloss. Panel fit is excellent and there are no dings, dents, or other damage on the sheet metal. A handsome, white, double-pinstripe graces the flanks of the car following the gentle curves of the design. All chrome—including the egg-crate-style grille, quad-headlight trim, both bumpers, lower bodyside trim, door handles, side-cabin trim, wheel-well trim, and taillight trim—displays excellent, well-cared-for condition. Correct and complete badging includes “Riviera” emblems in the front grille, rear valance, and front fenders, R-logos centered in the taillight lenses, and a stand-up R-logo hood ornament. Chrome, full wire wheel covers in well-maintained condition with R-logo centers are mounted with narrow-whitewall Firestone® all-season tires. The white fabric convertible top is in very good condition overall, with the exception of a 3-inch tear on the driver's side.
The Riviera's interior is a classic Eighties expression of pure luxury. Burgundy leather upholstery in a narrow-pleated horizontal design has been beautifully preserved, with no sign of excessive wear or damage. Front folding seats are trimmed in chrome on the edge. Carpeting in the matching shade of deep red has been similarly well-kept and preserved with carpet mats in all four seating positions. Door trim is graced with woodgrain panels, as well as carpet. The R-logo steering wheel in burgundy frames a woodgrain-paneled dashboard with a square-design for vents and instruments. The automatic-transmission shifter and speed-setting controls are mounted on the column. The original AM-FM Stereo Cassette audio unit remains mounted in the center, with HVAC controls below. The cover (or “boot”… where the homecoming queen rides) for the convertible top is free of damage or wear.
Under the hood, the optional 5-liter GM V8 retains its original finish. The entire engine bay is clean and well-maintained with all components—including air conditioning—properly in place. Viewed from below, the chassis is complete, straight, and undamaged.
The Riviera's build and identification tags remain mounted. Literature from the car's original sale is included.
While the more than 165 high-definition photographs and the short walk-around-and-startup video available on the GarageKeptMotors website showcase this classic Riviera in detail from every angle, including from below, we expect and encourage in-person inspections at our Grand Rapids, Michigan showroom. Please call to arrange an appointment in advance as our showroom is not open to the public. And feel free to get in touch anytime by phone or email if you have questions.
Car and Driver's Patrick Bedard concluded his road-test writeup on the '83 Riviera this way: “… we are pleased to report the continuation of one fundamental truth; a red Buick convertible is still a joyous mode of transportation.”
True then. True now.