After 7 months traveling and hunting down Endangered Cars in Europe I am back in Ontario, Canada for a spell.
It is a whole different scene here, but in not even 2 weeks home, I have found some beauties.
This one here was mesmerizing, and so I pulled over and took some shots. Introducing the 1973 Buick Riviera! This is part of the third generation and was produced during the years 1971-1973.
There are several design elements that I love about this car, that are notable and specific to this particular generation. For one, the giant “boat tail”, and especially the Vee-butted fastback rear window.
The chrome strips on this car, and many others I have seen are so good looking. I find these strips accentuate the shape of the car so nicely, and really show off the curves penned by designer Jerry Hirshberg.
Like the 1968 Lincoln Continental the Buick Riviera has an enormous trunk and is also a bad-ass two door machine.
Nice bumper, would love to see those tail lights glow in the dark.
Here is a a closer look at the boat tail, and those red lights.
The inspiration for that V window likely came from the 1963 Corvette Sting Ray. I’ll be posting some vette’s in the not too distant future, stay tuned.
When I see a car like this, I can’t help myself but wonder why there is a complete lack of creativity out there in today’s car designs. I mean, just look at this side angle. There is so much going on! Designers of the past had real pride in being original.
An utterly monstrous front hood, holding inside a 7.5 litre, 250 hp, V8 engine. Smooth sailing getting on the highway.
Here is a great view of that beautiful window.
You might guess this vehicle would be tough to parallel park in a busy city. But, with a hook bumper like that, I think anyone could find some room to squeeze in.
Here we have a good look at that enormous front hood.
So there you have it, the 1973 Buick Riviera!