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PostSubject: Hi All, New member from France, 1973 Boattail   Sat Oct 20, 2018 4:53 am

Hi Riv'owners,
I'm french, 47 years old and car enthusiast for 45!
I own several high performance european cars and wanted an authentic US car from the seventies.
Most of french US car enthusiasts enjoy Mustang and Corvette, but I wanted something more rare, more class.
I noticed the Wolverine's car in the 2014 Xmen movie and found it was a 1973 Riviera.
I initially prefered a 1971 MY because my year of birth and first boat tail look, but I found the Riviera from the movie and bought it.
So my 1973 Boattail is for now crossing the Atlantic and will be here next week end!
I'm very excited with it, even more than if I was waiting for a new Porsche 991!

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PostSubject: Re: 1973 Riviera   Sun Oct 28, 2018 3:59 pm

Wolverine wrote:
Hi Riv'owners,
So my 1973 Boattail is for now crossing the Atlantic and will be here next week end!

A 1973 Riviera was my first car.  It wasn't a GS and had a column shift but I have fond memories of that car.  I wish I still  had it.  I would be excited too. I hope it lives up to your expectations!

I remember late at night after work I would lay the seat way back, put on the cruise control and glide home listening to the 8-track stereo play Rick Wakeman tunes.
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PostSubject: Re: 1973 Riviera   Mon Oct 29, 2018 5:18 pm

The car is here since last saturday, very nice, very good shape, extremely smooth to drive, very comfortable, I love it!
I did 230 miles with it from Le Havre to my home, It is the hydramatic trans, but the stereo does not work and I don't know how to active the cruise control...
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PostSubject: Re: 1973 Riviera   Mon Oct 29, 2018 5:25 pm




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PostSubject: Re: 1973 Riviera   Mon Oct 29, 2018 5:55 pm

Wolverine, thanks for sharing the pictures.  I'm just a little jealous.
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PostSubject: 1973 Riviera   Mon Oct 29, 2018 8:02 pm

This should be your VERY FIRST purchase.  You cannot afford NOT to have one of these.

https://www.ebay.com/sch/i.html?_from=R40&_trksid=m570.l1313&_nkw=1973+buick+chassis+manual&_sacat=0

Also, visit www.v8buick.com Lots of great information there.

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PostSubject: Re: 1973 Riviera   Tue Oct 30, 2018 4:51 pm

Thank you for the kind words and the links guys!
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PostSubject: Re: 1973 Riviera   Tue Oct 30, 2018 8:46 pm

the license plate on the car is great
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PostSubject: Re: 1973 Riviera   Tue Oct 30, 2018 10:36 pm

Ohhh yeah....... Nice
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PostSubject: Re: 1973 Riviera   Wed Oct 31, 2018 4:21 am

it is still the license plate from the movie!
I keep it for now.
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PostSubject: Re: 1973 Riviera   Thu Nov 01, 2018 8:58 am

Holy shit man. Nice ride thumbsup
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PostSubject: Re: 1973 Riviera   Thu Nov 01, 2018 4:43 pm

Wolverine wrote:
it is still the license plate from the movie!
I keep it for now.

wait... this is the actual car from the movie?
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PostSubject: Re: 1973 Riviera   Thu Nov 01, 2018 8:57 pm

Hahahahaha.....
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PostSubject: Re: 1973 Riviera   Fri Nov 02, 2018 4:00 pm

Of course it is!


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PostSubject: Re: 1973 Riviera   Fri Nov 02, 2018 4:01 pm

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PostSubject: Re: 1973 Riviera   Mon Nov 05, 2018 6:09 pm

Bet you're the only one in town with a 7.5 litre engine!
(and a 100-liter fuel tank...)
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PostSubject: Re: 1973 Riviera   Mon Nov 05, 2018 10:08 pm

7.5 litre haha....I love it.
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PostSubject: Re: 1973 Riviera   Tue Nov 06, 2018 2:06 pm

Yeah I probably run the bigger displacement in town and around!
This car is very smooth, I feel like in my loundge saloon but I'm driving! Of course the handling is not the same story...
I wasn't used with this feeling, I run stiff german cars for years.
But it is cool to enjoy smoothly a 45years american high class car, I'm curious what kind of guy bought it first, brand new?




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PostSubject: Re: 1973 Riviera   Wed Nov 07, 2018 3:33 am

Well, to answer that question: 
My dad's doctor had a Cadillac Fleetwood for weekends, but for a more "efficient" commuter car (LOL) he only drove his '71 Riviera back & forth to work...  with the private license plate "CHAZ". 

To be fair to him, my mother drove a huge Lincoln Continental to do her shopping and pick us kids up, and my immediate neighbors drove:  2 different 429 Thunderbirds; an Impala SS Convertible; a Chrysler Town & Country Wagon; and an Eldorado Convertible with the famous 500 CID V8... not to mention those gigantic '71-'76 Buick/Olds/Pontiac station wagons with the 455 engines and rear glass that disappeared into the roof while the tailgate disappeared beneath the bumper - all power-operated, of course. 
8 MPG!

yay
"Those were the days, my friend, we thought they'd never end, we'd guzzle gas for-ever and a day....."
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PostSubject: Re: 1973 Riviera   Sun Nov 11, 2018 12:39 pm

Nice, thanks for sharing.
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