Pick of the Day: Head-turning 1958 Buick Century Riviera

This hardtop is gorgeous in green and chrome

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1958 Buick Century
Green paint and yards of chrome make this 1958 Buick Century Riviera hardtop truly head turning

Head-turning is an adjective overused when it comes to advertising automobiles, but it seems almost an understatement in regard to the Pick of the Day, a 1958 Buick Century Riviera hardtop being advertised for sale on ClassicCars.com by a private seller.

“The king of chrome!” the owner proclaims in the advertisement for this car, which wears a dark-green shade of paint that provides a gorgeous canvas for all of that gleaming chrome.

“More chrome than any other car in history,” the owner says of the amount of shining metal trim that Buick lathered onto its cars in 1958.

Not only does the car look good, but it “runs and drives great,” the owner assures.

“Original 364 Nailhead engine runs well. I did a 200-mile trip last month at highway speeds. Edelbrock 4 Barrel carb gives plenty of power.  New tires.  Brakes are good.  Fluids changed.  

“Like most 1958 Buicks, it does leak a little transmission fluid from the torque tube when sitting.  Some gauges do not work on dash.

“Aftermarket temp gauge and start button installed.  The car is ready to cruise and can be driven anywhere.”

The advertisement notes that the car’s restoration was done 12 years ago. Originally, the car was a lighter shade of green, but the darker shade was chosen and “really makes the chrome stand out nicely.”

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The seller notes that any “trouble spots” were repaired during the restoration, and that two “small metal patches are visible underneath floors. There is a small hole in the spare tire well.”

The seller adds, “Driver’s door hinge sagging just a little bit requiring a little extra strength when closing.  Rear bumper is missing lower chrome rails as these are one of the biggest trouble spots for 58 Buicks.  I have sourced a replacement set that can be purchased separately or you can just drive it as is.”

While the exterior was done a dozen years ago, the interior was recovered 5 years ago with “period-correct fabric.”

“This 1958 Buick is ready to cruise!” the seller proclaims. “You will turn heads and be the talk of the town as you drive down the street.”

The car, located in Arlington Heights, Illinois, is being offered for $15,995. To view this listing on ClassicCars.com, see Pick of the Day.

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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.

5 COMMENTS

  1. I had this car and color but, in a 4-door version. Same engine and details. Drove it to L.A. and back from Portland. A cruiser, indeed. Got 10 miles-per-gallon at 20 mph or 80 mph. Trunk space is huge.
    Stu

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