I medically retired in 2011 due to having a pacemaker/defibrillator installed which caused My CDL license to be taken away. So I was looking at classic cars on the internet when I spotted this 1964 Buick Riviera. I asked my wife Cathy to take a look, she said her had owned one and she really liked it.
I called the seller to make an appointment to inspect the car. My wife and I drove the 60 miles to meet Phillip and his wife.
The Buick was a one-family-owned car bought new in Gardena, California, by the Reese family, Phillip’s uncle and aunt. Mr. Reese died one year later and Mrs. Reese didn’t drive, so the car was parked in the family garage with 27,000 miles on it.
It remained there until 1995 when Phillip inherited the car. He brought the car to Texas, where he began sorting and repairing the car. The 425cid engine was frozen, the headliner was drooping and it needed a deep cleaning.
Phillip didn’t like the color (Coral Mist), so he had it painted blue. He had the engine rebuilt but added an Edelbrock carburetor, higher-lift cam and dual exhaust with cherry-bomb mufflers which gives a really nice sound.
I bought the car and trailered it home. I immediately ordered an original-style carburetor and air cleaner housing for it. I’ve also put on new brakes, strut-rod bushings and motor mounts.
I take it to coffee and visits, and occasional shows.
— John Loghry, Houston
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