When the 1971 Buick Riviera hit the market, the American public wasn’t quite ready for it. The Riviera had debuted in 1963 with a finely tailored look that was both upscale and sporty and it evolved into a handsome, sleek coupe for 1966. By 1970, however, it had been festooned with chrome trim and had lost some of its edge. Buyers noticed. A radical transformation was in order.
This is a companion discussion topic for the original entry at https://www.hagerty.com/articles-videos/articles/2018/10/25/buick-boat-tail-riviera-values-on-the-rise