The Buick Riviera, a luxury 2-door coupe, ran for eight generations from 1963 to 1999. There was also a 2-door convertible of the Riviera, but as of the 1986 model year, the car was now only a 2-door coupe.
Since its introduction in 1963, Riviera has been the flagship of the Buick line, offering luxury and performance in a 2-door package.
No major changes were given to the Riviera since the 1990 model year.
After sitting out the 1994 model year for a complete redesign, the Riviera was back for 1995.
This new Riv was aimed squarely at the upper end of the luxury coupe market, as typified by the Lexus SC 300/400, Cadillac Eldorado, and Lincoln Mark VII/VIII. With prices starting below $30,000, the Riviera costed thousands less than its nearest competitor.
The all-new Riviera came standard with a 205-hp fuel-injected 3.8-liter V6 that incorporated many refinements over previous engines in this family. A supercharged version with 225 hp was optional. Both engines were coupled to a 4-speed automatic transmission that would drive the front wheels.
Good handling and comfort were assured by a new suspension layout that incorporated the widest track of any 1995 Buick. A new magnetic variable-assist power steering utilized hydraulics, electronics and magnetics to provide enhanced road feel without sharp jolts from surface irregularities. Four-wheel disc brakes with standard ABS provided sure stops on wet surfaces.
The list of standard equipment included a/c, dual airbags, multispeaker cassette stereo, cruise control, remote keyless entry, AM/FM/cassette sound system and power seats, windows, steering, door locks and outside mirrors. It was also one of the few GM cars with a headlight flasher. Among the few options were a sunroof, leather upholstery and a heated driver's seat and outside mirrors.
After the Riviera was discontinued in 1999, every new car from Buick from then on was always a 4-door since the 2000 model year.
|Model year(s)||List price||Destination charge||Effective date|
|1991||$24,560||February 10, 1991|
|1992||$25,415||October 13, 1991|
|1995||$27,632||$625||November 30, 1993|
|1995||$28,195||$635||December 29, 1994|
|1996||$29,475||$640||September 1, 1995|
|1997||$30,110||$665||July 27, 1997|