Handsome 1956 Buick hardtop offered at an affordable price

Handsome 1956 Buick hardtop offered at an affordable price

The Pick of the Day is a two-owner Special Riviera said to be in nice driver condition

The Pick of the Day would be an inexpensive entry into the collector car hobby, a 1956 Buick 40 Special Rivera 2-door hardtop, that looks to be in nice driver condition and ready to go.

The car has been serviced and put back on the road after 20 years of careful storage, according to the Stanley, Wisconsin, dealer advertising the Buick on ClassicCars.com, and it is being offered for less than $15,000.

The hardtop is said to have had just two owners

purchased the car from a gentleman who lovingly owned and cared for her for
almost 50 years (1969-2018),” the dealer says in the ad. “The car started
its life in CA (built at South Gate plant), and then moved with the original
owner to AZ before coming to WI in the late ’60s –original registration slips
dated to mid-60s confirm this.

in WI, the car was stored during the winter months, so very little rust has set
in over the years; overall a very solid car.”

The hardtop has had just two owners, the seller says, and was mechanically rebuilt and repainted in the 1970s, which still holds up today.

The car is now roadworthy after its 2-decade slumber, the seller says

Tahiti Coral and White, the car was painted the current Blue and White in 1974
and it still retains a nice shine (we recently had it professionally buffed and
polished),” the seller notes. “The original Dynaflow trans was rebuilt in 1975
and shifts nice and smooth – second owner stated only a few hundred miles were
probably put on after the rebuild.

“The original generator and voltage regulator were exchanged for 1957 models. The 322 “nailhead” (V8) engine was also rebuilt around the same time as the transmission, and has a tag on the front of the block to reflect this.”

whatever reason, the Buick was put into storage, but it was done right, making
its recommissioning a straightforward process, the dealer says.

The original, rebuilt 322cid ‘nailhead’ V8

we purchased the car, it had been sitting in storage for 20 years, but a
well-planned storage – prior to parking the car back in 1998, the second owner
dropped and cleaned the fuel tank, among other preventative measures, to ensure
a smoother return to the road years later,” according to the ad.

The dealer lists the new and rebuilt items, including “points, condenser, cap, plugs, wires, battery, fuel pump, valve-cover gaskets, intake manifold gasket, valve lifters, shocks, tires, brake hoses, belt, wiper blades and a fresh oil change.

carburetor was also rebuilt, and the brakes were serviced. The car runs and
drives very well. There is a slight exhaust leak on the right side, and the
fuel gauge sticks;  those are the only
known issues remaining.”

The interior looks to be in usable condition

the hardtop looks good enough to be driven immediately, much cosmetic work would
be needed to bring it up to the next level. 
Still, these Buicks were some of the best-driving cars of their day, and
this good-looking example sounds like a bargain at $14,900.  

To view this listing on ClassicCars.com, see Pick of the Day.

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  • Mark Hubbell
    June 14, 2019, 4:00 AM

    My grandfather bought a 56 new just Like this, color and all. My uncle then owned it, then my cousin drove it through college and into his first job. Great reliable car!


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