1965 Buick Riviera GS Sets an Auction Record at $121,000

This Buick Riviera was not new to the auction block proving that sometimes the third time is the charm. It was restored to its current condition in 2012 and went to auction in California where the reserve price was not met and no sale was accomplished. Then in 2013 it was presented at auction in Indianapolis where it was once again unsuccessful in meeting the reserve. After three years in limbo; the Buick went across the stage recently at the Gooding & Company’s Scottsdale auction where it was sold for $121,000.


The Riviera is equipped with its original LX engine that can generate approximately 360 horsepower. The car is definitely not for a car enthusiast that is interested in power accompanied by fuel economy. Due to the fact that the motor is fed by two four-barrel Carter carburetors. The power plant produces 465 foot pounds of torque and is paired to a Super Turbine 400 automatic transmission with a factory shift kit.


The car is definitely rare and appears to be all original and in excellent condition. But, the fact that it did go to auction three times indicates a very small market for a 65 Buick Riviera GS. The new owner must have been determined to purchase this automobile to continue the bidding process to that level. The automobile’s pre-auction value had been estimated at fifty to sixty thousand dollars and the outcome was double that amount. The previous owner is probably smiling all the way to the bank.



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Calvin Escobar

About Calvin Escobar

The Car scene is so diverse Where I come from, most enthusiasts recognize the amazing engineering (particularly the engines). The bulk of the ridicule originates from the manner in which many of the vehicles are modded/maintained. Thus, the jokes and or hate tends to be aimed more at the owner rather than the machine. All of which makes seeing properly sorted old Toyota's and Hondas at car meets, auto shows, and track days all the more refreshing.