My Classic Car: Arnold’s grandfather’s 1965 Buick Riviera

My Classic Car: Arnold’s grandfather’s 1965 Buick Riviera

My grandfather was a prominent chiropractor in the Washington D.C. area. He was very successful. He had the best of everything. He loved his cars.

This Riviera reminds me of grandfather's | photos submitted by Arnold Slater

This Riviera reminds me of grandfather’s | photos submitted by Arnold Slater

My grandfather was a prominent chiropractor in the Washington D.C. area. He was very successful. He had the best of everything. He loved his cars.

My favorite of his cars was a big black 1965 Buick Riviera. It had black leather interior with “wood” paneling and chrome fixtures. It was beautiful!

It reminded me of the Batmobile and sounded like it, too!

Grandfather's car had his name in script

Grandfather’s car had his name in script

The coolest thing was that it had a personalized metal signature monogram on the center column. Not a plate, it was a signature, like the name Fleetwood featured in Cadillacs. It said in script: “Property of Dr. Arnold R. Tolley” on the center gear shift column.

When my grandfather retired around 1986 he sold the car to a collector in Virginia. The buyer took the car to car shows all around. Whenever he was in the area he would pick “Pop” up and take him for a ride.

I have no idea who the collector was or what the VIN of the car was, but I wish I did.

I would love to know what happened to that car. I think if I saw it again I might cry.

— Arnold Slater, Germantown MD

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