I have always been fascinated by how classic cars are brought to new glamor by specialists and car enthusiasts and have always had a lot of respect and admiration for such people.
To the suffering of my wife, I looked at all the car transmissions that were broadcast on any channels like American Hotrod, Overhaulin’, Carinis Classic Cars, Wheeler Dealers, Gasmonkey’s Fast & Loud, Jay Leno’s Garage, Highway to sell, and all these… My dream always was to be as talented as these guys!
One day, that was in spring 2013, my good fellow and friend came back from the States and he told me about a car meet that he had attended in Las Vegas. When I saw his photos, I instantly fell in love with a midnight blue Buick Riviera built in 1965. I knew this was exactly what I had to own and I started my search. I must emphasize that here where I live in Switzerland, such cars are very rare, as well as in this color!
I was fortunate to find a ’65 Riviera being sold by the widow of the first original owner. He had an impressive collection of classic cars and that Riviera was his favorite, she said. This couple made many trips to foreign countries of Europe in the car and the lady told me many of her memories stuck in this Rivi. In memory of her late husband, the Riviera was the last car she sold – and with one big condition: It must go to someone who promise to take very good care and restore it tastefully!
As an absolute “newbie” in car restoration, I gave my promise and bought the car at a good price… I was as happy as I had been for many years!
Now, the way I restore this Riviera (I guess – I hope – a never ending story) is shown in the section “Work in process“.
Enjoy to browse around and maybe my approach can inspire some of you guys!
If some of you purists see some inexact technical informations somewhere in my descriptions or you car enthusiasts just want to know how I restored the one or other thing, please feel free to contact me by using my contact form and you will get an answer – this is a promise!
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