1958 Super Riviera Hardtop Coupe

Discussion in 'Cars and Parts For Sale Leads' started by 68 Wildcat, Feb 8, 2019.

  1. 68 Wildcat

    68 Wildcat Wildcat parts? What Wildcat parts?

    It's sold, but I have 2 questions... I really like this year and color combo, but I miss the port holes:(


    What is the purpose of the chrome trim "handles" on the trunk lid, and the front seat looks like it's sitting on 2/4 piece of wood. Is that factory? or a metal support? The rest of the car looks pretty original and... I can't stop staring at this car. The color actually makes me feel happy.
    Last edited: Feb 8, 2019
  2. 66electrafied

    66electrafied Just tossing in my nickel's worth

    It's a Special, so it's the lowest priced Buick for 58. A modern comparison would be the LeSabre. The seat is on wood, that is definitely not factory, and those chrome handles were added on, I can't remember ever having those on ours. The owner who installed the lumber must be all of 5 foot nothing...
  3. Smartin

    Smartin antiqueautomotiveservice.com Staff Member

    The handles were on all series except Roadmaster and Limited, which had a lower trunk bar that had a built-in handle. It went all the way across the lid at the lower lip. Special, Century, and Super all had these handles so you could actually lift the trunk lid without putting stress on the key if you tried to lift it like that. The lids are a PITA to lift without something to grab on to.

    Also, as stated, the wood is not factory...looks like a very short owner needed a boost :D
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  4. Smartin

    Smartin antiqueautomotiveservice.com Staff Member

    BTW, that is a very well preserved original car. Talk about bare bones, though.
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  5. 68 Wildcat

    68 Wildcat Wildcat parts? What Wildcat parts?

    Thanks for the explanation! I guess in this era, the trunk has no assist when you unlocked it. My 68 wildcat trunk almost hits you in the chin when you open it.
  6. telriv

    telriv Well-Known Member

    You need to adjust the tension rods.
  7. 68 Wildcat

    68 Wildcat Wildcat parts? What Wildcat parts?

    Thanks, I will check it when it's out of Winter storage.
  8. bhambulldog

    bhambulldog 1955 76-RoadmasterRiviera

    mine has those trunk handles.
    I can close the trunk with those and not get my grubby finger prints on the trunk's paint
  9. 68 Wildcat

    68 Wildcat Wildcat parts? What Wildcat parts?

    My '57 Benz has them incorporated into the lic plate bulb holders. I just hadn't seen it on other cars. On the upscale 220S there is a handle above the plate.

  10. My3Buicks

    My3Buicks Proud Liberal

    The trunk lifts were added to the Special for 58, they were not on the 57 Specials.

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