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Old 02-25-2009, 12:43 PM   #21
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Great story; great car...always thought the Riviera was the pinnacle of styling for it's day. Also, looking at Bill Mitchell's customized '63 Riviera (red wheel wells and all), I was instantly reminded of the lines of the '66 GTO, at least from the front 3/4 view. (but that's just me)
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Old 02-25-2009, 01:07 PM   #22
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More pics of Bill Mitchell's personal Riv,...lots of nice custom touches, chopped top with windshield layed back, pancaked hood and the bumpers seem to fit a little tighter than stock,...inspiration for my own car!
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Old 02-25-2009, 01:16 PM   #23
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Is it me or have the fenders and "point" of the hood been extended as well?

I'm not crazy about the chop or the exaggerated side scoops, but I love the wheels and tires.
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Old 02-25-2009, 01:46 PM   #24
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Is it me or have the fenders and "point" of the hood been extended as well?
I think so.
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Old 02-25-2009, 01:53 PM   #25
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Man those cars are cool!
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Old 02-25-2009, 01:58 PM   #26
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Is it me or have the fenders and "point" of the hood been extended as well?

I'm not crazy about the chop or the exaggerated side scoops, but I love the wheels and tires.
A little bit and check out the hood which has been reworked too...imagine it sitting a little closer to mother earth
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Old 02-25-2009, 01:58 PM   #27
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Marco Patino's Rivi.
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Old 02-25-2009, 02:02 PM   #28
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I Love the original design, but it usually overshadows the '66-'67 (the front end got clunky in '68), it also a nicely designed... like if the original Riviera "got with" a Toronado, and the FWD was a recessive gene.
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Old 02-25-2009, 02:07 PM   #29
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Thanks ryan... Ever notice when you are looking to buy a certain car,or have just aquired it. They seem to be everywhere you look. I just got my riviera from a barn. And now they show up in articles, or on the street corners. I guess before I just wasn't looking close enough. Any way neat history, I think I'll save this one ...ghost
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Old 02-25-2009, 02:24 PM   #30
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They just look so sharp when they roll by, like if you get too close you'll get your ankles chopped off.
I have sat in my garage late at night, looking at mine parked about 20' away, and I think of the movie Christine. Not because the cars look alike, but the Rivi looks like it could come to life and run me over. The doctors need to up my meds.
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Old 02-25-2009, 02:34 PM   #31
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Is it me or have the fenders and "point" of the hood been extended as well?

I'm not crazy about the chop or the exaggerated side scoops, but I love the wheels and tires.
Good story, thanks for the insight Ryan.
I think you're right about the fenders and hood.
I love the chop and wheels, but hate the WWs and scoops....go figure.
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Old 02-25-2009, 02:42 PM   #32
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Thanks for the story Ryan. Fantastic. I have always loved the styling of the 63-65 Rivieras. Here's mine.

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Old 02-25-2009, 03:17 PM   #33
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Love the Riveria's The '65 is my favorite, followed closely by the 71-72 boattails. One day, Forrest, One day . . .
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Old 02-25-2009, 03:36 PM   #34
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In my opinion the best looking American car made in the 60's, period.
Although I've never really been attracted to the US OEM style trends of this period, I've always dug the '63-'65 Rivieras and agree with Repoguy.
The '65 is King!
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Old 02-25-2009, 04:02 PM   #35
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Thanks for the story, I wasn't aware of the Ferrari influence.
Damn if those parking lights don't look LaSalle grilles though!
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Old 02-25-2009, 04:12 PM   #36
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Truly an awesome design, but I think, and I'm in the minority here, the second generation is even more stunning.
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Old 02-25-2009, 05:31 PM   #37
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Shit Ryan, keep it down a bit! I want to pick one of these up and all you're doing is driving up the prices. Shhhh!
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Old 02-25-2009, 05:45 PM   #38
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A '63/4 is at the top of my "cars to buy next" list.....

Yeah Nads.....I've been "eyeing" the later models.....under-appreciated, but they've got great lines.
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Old 02-25-2009, 07:09 PM   #39
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Thanks for sharing.
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Old 02-25-2009, 07:23 PM   #40
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Who DOESN'T like these cars?? This blue one was a late arrival at our Rumbler's car show. Wish I would have gotten a closer look see.
Most of the attention has been to the "exterior" of this model. IMHO, the "interior" is just as stunning, with the beautiful console.
Remember when GM built cool cars?? Good subject matter.
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