This is the Buick Riviera version 3. Maybe I should call it Stage 3, because it’s like a cancer. It followed the familiar path of Thunderbird and Cougar. Start with a sporty/GT car of various levels of effort. Get slinkier, but also larger. Coalesce with other models (if you didn’t start as a knockoff to begin with). Then give up any pretense of sporty, in favor of “luxury.” Have a renaissance, then veer off on increasingly inexplicable courses with no real connection to the original concept, then die quietly, as the accountants piss on you and what could have been if you stayed true.
was never this cool in his corporate supplied Riviera. (Neither was Bill or Dan, FWIW.) Why? No red leather. A two-tone paint job is no substitute for topless – on cars or women. And no, having underseat vodka storage (on the BK Riv) does not close the gap at all.
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Both in one car! Or Neither!
In the late 1980s, your firends at Buick were desperate for an identity that resonated. Buick was for 60 year olds, but those people die off. They wanted a younger crowd, buyers with sophistication, whose appetite for performance could be sated with a turbo and some stinking badges. Enter the T-Type…
What is a T-Type? Well let’s just see:
|2 – Deselect the vinyl roof. Wheels are nice too|
|3 – Add the corporate turbo 3.8L and some “aero” skirting.|
|4 – High Performance requires a digital speedometer and an engine badge so you know what you’re driving|
|5 – and a console, to make your loose pillow leather bench seat into high performance “bucket” seats.|
Mission accomplished. You’ve turned Dave’s dad’s middle management company car into a thinking man’s 320i. Nice work, Buick. I’ll take two.
Just $2995! “Free Warranty”!
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Just come to southwestern Michigan. More Reattas and Rivieras per capita than anywhere on Earth. Or so it seems…
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