When Buick introduced the Riviera in the fall of 1962, it gave the Ford Thunderbird its first true competitor. While the 1961-63 Thunderbird perfectly exploited remnants of the 1950s, the 1963 Riviera brought pure 1960s style — with a heap of British influence — to the American public.
This 1964 Riviera caught the eye of a Standard Oil executive, who ordered it for his wife. They were living in Venezuela at the time, so this Riv is an actual export car. The lack of radio is curious until you learn that the executive’s wife had no interest in listening to Spanish programming. And underneath the hood was the new Super Wildcat, which meant this car was powered by a 360-horsepower 425cid “Nailhead” V8 with dual quads. Out of 37,658 Rivieras built in 1964, only 2,122 featured this engine
Join Muscle Car Campy as he takes us for a ride in this very interesting Riviera with 465 ft-lb of torque.