Riviera Model 56R
1952 Buick Super Riviera Hardtop (Model 56R) -
263ci Straight 8 - Original Color combination inside and out - Many Original Options -
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With the magic touch of Harley Earl, the flowing lines of the early '50's Buick Supers left consumers in awe of the gorgeous car that is the '52 Buick Super Riviera. VentiPorts made their debut thanks to Buick styling Chief Ned Nickles creativity, and experimentation with his own '48 Roadmaster. He made a few modifications to his hood to help simulate the exhaust of a fighter plane shooting flames. The ports paired with the bomb-sight mascot on the hood gave a little flair to the styling on this post- WWII car. This example is in impressive condition inside and out!
The exterior curves of this beautiful car are covered in the factory correct Barton Grey paint (Code 04). The car was repainted at some point between now and '52 when it rolled off the Kansas City Missouri assembly line. The iconic front-end with the large chrome grille is elegant and eye-catching. The post-less configuration of the body means rolling all the windows down gives you a really open feel, and seems to make the car a little bit longer and sleeker. Of note is that this car has the Safety Group package which includes interior Parking Brake warning light, backup lights, and larger bumper guards.
Buick advertised that this car is able to comfortably seat 6 passengers, and we can say that they were 100% correct with that claim. The interior is extremely spacious, and when you're on the large bench seat alone, it seems as though you're in a room alone. Original trim (Code 61) consisting of Black Nylon Cloth and Light Grey Broadcloth. The dashboard is sleek and trimmed with plenty of chrome bezels and strips. A large radio and chrome speaker flanked by chrome knobs are the centerpiece of the dashboard, while a neat grouping of gauges are in the driver's line of sight. Interior options include wipers, glare-proof mirror, 'Weather-Warden' Heater and Defroster, Power Steering, and Sonomatic Radio.
Under the side-opening hood is a 263ci Straight-8 mated to a DynaFlow transmission. The starting process is interesting - there is no key, the driver can get in the car, turn the ignition switch, push the gas pedal, and it turns over. This Buick is a very smooth running, easy to drive classic. The Buick is a beautiful car in design and options, it's a car that you'll have trouble keeping your eyes off of. Be sure to check out all the photos and video on our main website: Garage Kept Motors. Call if interested or e-mail with any questions. Thank you for looking.