Buick Riviera: Legacy of Elegance Captured in Silver Arrow Edition

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Buick Riviera
Buick Riviera

The Roadmaster two-door hardtop model from 1949 is the first vehicle to bear the Buick Riviera moniker. After that, it was used on models such as the Super, Special, and Century until 1963, when it was adopted as a stand-alone nickname.

The Riviera name was also associated with a concept car previewing the 1963 production model, known as the Riviera Silver Arrow. Fittingly, Buick ended the Riviera’s production with the Silver Arrow Edition in 1999, producing the final 200 units. Featured here is one of those 200 Sterling Silver coupes.

Car enthusiast Lou Costabile discovered this 1999 Riviera at the 2024 World of Wheels car show in Rosemont, Illinois. Impressively well-preserved for a 25-year-old vehicle, it is not yet classified as a classic, but its owner has meticulously maintained it since it was new. This Silver Arrow has 101,000 miles (162,544 km) on the odometer and is still in outstanding external and internal condition.

Buick Riviera
Buick Riviera (Buick)

The owner, who treats it like a prized classic, has kept all original documentation and additional Silver Arrow paperwork, bringing everything to car shows and eagerly discussing the Riviera in detail.

The Silver Arrow stands out due to its limited production and features like exclusive Sterling Silver Metallic paint, unique exterior badges, embroidered headrests, and a numbered interior plate, with this particular car being number 105.

The package also included a custom car cover, embroidered carpets, two silver keychains, and a custom folder with a silver pen and booklet. While the Silver Arrow’s engine wasn’t unique, it housed Buick’s powerful 3.8-liter V6 engine.


By Aaron

From Vintage Classics to Modern Marvels, Aaron is deeply immersed in the Automobile culture. He is from Kerala and a Man of Few words. He is Someone who loves to spend his free time reading automobile articles and watching TV Shows.

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