HomePick of the DayThis 1952 Buick Super Riviera ‘presents’ itself very nicely

This 1952 Buick Super Riviera ‘presents’ itself very nicely


So, today is my birthday, and the Pick of the Day would be a terrific birthday present if anyone has yet to do such shopping. It’s a 1952 Buick Super Riviera being advertised on ClassicCars.com by a dealer in Seattle.

I’m older than this car, and the car is obviously in much better physical condition.

According to the dealer, the car was sold new at Bruce Buick in Tacoma, Washington, and has been garage-kept since then. The original owner served in the military but did not return from the Korean War. The second owner was the original owner’s brother, who cared for the car as a way to honor his late brother.

1952 Buick Super, This 1952 Buick Super Riviera ‘presents’ itself very nicely, ClassicCars.com Journal

The third owner bought the car in 2004 with 36,000 miles on it. But that person is now 89 years old, the dealer says, and realizes that it’s time for the car to go to someone else. The odometer currently is at 41,568.

The Riviera was the upscale 2-door hardtop version of the Buick Super Series 50, and was built on the larger C-body General Motors platform and where the standard Buick, the Buick Special. 

The car carries its original 263cid Fireball inline 8-cylinder engine, which is linked to a 2-speed Dynaflow automatic transmission.

The car has fender skirts over its 15-inch whitewall radial tires.

“Body and interior are in excellent condition,” the dealer assures. “All original body panels, no bondo or rust, floorboards, trunk floor, rocker panels are all perfect and original. 

“Original glass, gauges, clock and radio.”

The dealer assures that the car runs and drives as wonderfully as it looks in its two-tone Glenn Green and Terrace Green exterior and light-green nylon and light-gray broadcloth interior.

1952 Buick Super, This 1952 Buick Super Riviera ‘presents’ itself very nicely, ClassicCars.com Journal

The car is on offer for $29,952, and speaking of birthday presents, it presents itself spectacularly in the many photographs that are part of the advertisement.

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

Larry Edsall
Larry Edsall
A former daily newspaper sports editor, Larry Edsall spent a dozen years as an editor at AutoWeek magazine before making the transition to writing for the web and becoming the author of more than 15 automotive books. In addition to being founding editor at ClassicCars.com, Larry has written for The New York Times and The Detroit News and was an adjunct honors professor at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University.


  1. People would steal/break off the hood ornament of these Buicks and wear the circular part as a bracelet. My aunt had a series of black 4-door Roadmasters.

  2. I, too, am older than this car and am glad that I grew up in a time when automobile style and design was artistic and had not degraded to being the concession to physics, the sacrificial offering to fuel economy that it is today. How fondly I remember when cars were easily identified as to manufacturer by their distinctive silhouettes. Now days, they all look like eggs and I can’t tell which is which without reading the emblem…….

  3. Nice car. Would love to know its complete history and how it got in the hands of the dealer. Have daughter in Lakewood, Wa. She may be interested in this car.
    God bless America

    • Did the author not just give a complete, detailed history of this beautiful car ? It really is gorgeous, and the back story is a great one.

  4. Beautiful car. How does the engine and underneath look? Very interested but I would need to see more of the car. Thanks, LeRoy Goodman

  5. Arrrgh! OK!
    For sale, my two special to me vehicles..
    1952 Panhead inna 58 swingarm frame
    a small town dusty garage find 1952 GMC 100 – original oak bed.
    Selling in order to buy this Buick


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