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Old 09-09-2012, 09:17 AM
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Not until the late seventies "conversions" and then I think they finally actually produced one in 82. Before that nothing, no convertible Rivs.

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Old 09-09-2012, 09:23 AM
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Unless you have some other facts on the car it was simply a styling exercise, a very extensive styling exercise.
Reynolds Buick GMC Blog: Monday Miss: 1963 Riviera Convertible? Almost

I can say no other word but I am enthralled with the GM styling studio of the fifties and sixties. These types of photos just blow me away, and where is that car? Often they were destroyed or further modified to become some other "dream car" that we have seen. How about the "T top" one at the bottom of the page? In photos of my Gran Sport you will see that I have Reynolds Buick license plate frames on it (the link goes to the Reynolds Buick web site).

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Yeah I just copied those same images and was about to post them. Oo bad they didn't make the vehicle. The top down image and the back seat image are very nice. The "T" top is interesting also. I haven't been able to find out why they never made production. If only.
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It sounds like from the write up on that site it really came down to the fact that the convertible top just couldn't match the distinctive shape of the steel roof and windows. Being that was such an important part of the car they chose not to do it. Chrysler should have thought as much about the Crossfire convertible.

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Old 09-09-2012, 03:04 PM
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How about we stick with the Riv's, how do I know what year this is?

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exposed headlights.
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Yep, that tells me it's a 63 or 64 how do I know exactly what year it is?

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I believe it's a 63. The wheel covers don't have a "R" in the center.
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Nope BB they have an R and it's not a 63. Did you make it out to the show? My nephew won a couple of trophies.

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63 or 64 riv?

1964 You can tell by the chrome indintions on the rear quarter behind the doors right?
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Then it has to be a 64. 65 was the first year for Hidden headlights. Both 63 and 64 had exposed headlights and chrome stripe on the 1/4 panels. The embalming was pretty much the only changes between the two years.
Never made it to the show. The pipes under the house became more of a job tham I hoped for and then I had to pull a pump out of one of my irrigation ponds and work on it. I finished up about 7 pm. I've missed the show two years running now. Ive seen both your brothers and nephews cars around town in the past. Very nice!. Next time I'll flag them down and say hi.
I came accross this You tube about Harley Earl last night.
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Damn I screwed this up, let's say it doesn't have wheel covers on it, there is something on that car, one tiny thing that stands out a LOT that is 64 only. It's the only thing you can see in this photo, there are other differences like the "R" in the tail lights, in the rear seat speaker and wheel covers. The location of the radio speaker in the dash and the a bunch of other little things but the quick way you tell if this is a 63 or a 64 as it pulls up next to you at a stop light. It is VERY easy to see yet very small. It's on the front end.


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Brian, is there a difference in the bomb sight hood ornament?

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You are the winnna John, the 63 doesn't have one! It's your floor.

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I am running late and have to leave. Jump in for me if you will Brian and ask one.

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