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RivieraTim
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PostSubject: My Literally Brand "New" 1997 Riviera   My Literally Brand "New" 1997 Riviera EmptyWed Aug 24, 2011 10:06 am

Just starting to enjoy my latest discovery, hidden away since 2001 in the garage of a 92 year-old lady near my home, purchased new in 1997 with most all options (except supercharger and sunroof), today with only 31,000 miles on the odometer, refurbished of all dry-rot, fluids flushed, newly waxed and detailed and with a few new things added and ready to make her official debut here on this great website. Here's my photos of my 1997 Riviera in all her sparkling pearl white glory...
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PostSubject: Re: My Literally Brand "New" 1997 Riviera   My Literally Brand "New" 1997 Riviera EmptyWed Aug 24, 2011 10:08 am

Wow, what a score! Please note our calendar picture submissions are due by Aug 31 - hint, hint.

http://rivperformance.editboard.com/t8534-2012-rivperformance-calendar-now-taking-submissions#133746

I recommend submitting the engine bay shot. pimp

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'98 SC Riviera • 281k miles • 298 HP/370 TQ • 0-60: 5.79s • ET: 13.97 @ 99.28 • 4087 lb • 20.1 avg MPG • Nelson Ledges Lap: 1:30
3.4" pulley • AL104 plugs • 180º t-stat • FWI w/K&N • 1.9:1 rockers • OR pushrods • LS6 valve springs • SLP headers • ZZP fuel rails
KYB GR2 struts • MaxAir shocks • Addco sway bars • UMI bushings • GM STB • Enkei 18" EV5s w/ Dunlop DZ101s • F-body calipers
EBC bluestuff/Hawk HP plus • SS lines • Brembo slotted discs • DHP tuned • Aeroforce • Hidden Hitch

^^^ SOLD ^^^ frown

'05 GTO • 85k miles • 0-60: 4.8s • 16.9 avg MPG • Nelson Ledges Lap: 1:26
Because fun


'70 Olds Ninety-Eight Holiday Coupe • 116k miles • 455 Rocket V8
Because cool


'95 Celica • 152k miles • 0-60: yes
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PostSubject: Re: My Literally Brand "New" 1997 Riviera   My Literally Brand "New" 1997 Riviera EmptyWed Aug 24, 2011 11:51 am

You lucky bastard.....My Literally Brand "New" 1997 Riviera Icon_co2
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PostSubject: Re: My Literally Brand "New" 1997 Riviera   My Literally Brand "New" 1997 Riviera EmptyWed Aug 24, 2011 11:52 am

Gorgeous car, Tim. What a great find...Congratulations !!! thumbsup Hang on to it !!!
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PostSubject: Re: My Literally Brand "New" 1997 Riviera   My Literally Brand "New" 1997 Riviera EmptyWed Aug 24, 2011 1:15 pm

Tim...she's beautiful. Hope you're planning to bring her to the ROA Georgia Picnic on October 15 at Lake Lanier. I would love to meet her...oh yes, and of course you too! lol
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PostSubject: Re: My Literally Brand "New" 1997 Riviera   My Literally Brand "New" 1997 Riviera EmptyWed Aug 24, 2011 1:21 pm

I have had a love for these cars for as long as I can remember and now overjoyed to have one myself now. It wasn't planned to have happened when it did, but now I have my own Riviera and I couldn't have wished for having one so nice. I have also just sent a "thank you" note written to the 92 year old lady that owned the car all these years, for taking such good care of the car and for preserving it for me to discover when i did and that it now has a good home. I just love this car and now am beginning to discover what many of you have known a long time too! thumbsup
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PostSubject: Re: My Literally Brand "New" 1997 Riviera   My Literally Brand "New" 1997 Riviera EmptyWed Aug 24, 2011 1:23 pm

Rivlanta wrote:
Tim...she's beautiful. Hope you're planning to bring her to the ROA Georgia Picnic on October 15 at Lake Lanier. I would love to meet her...oh yes, and of course you too! lol

Yes, I just read about that and hope to be there that day! It would be great to meet!
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PostSubject: Re: My Literally Brand "New" 1997 Riviera   My Literally Brand "New" 1997 Riviera EmptyWed Aug 24, 2011 3:45 pm

Great looking car.
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PostSubject: Re: My Literally Brand "New" 1997 Riviera   My Literally Brand "New" 1997 Riviera EmptyWed Aug 24, 2011 8:50 pm

NICE RIVIERA REALLY NICE WHAT DID SHE SELL IT TO YOU ( AMOUNT )
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real nice car
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PostSubject: Re: My Literally Brand "New" 1997 Riviera   My Literally Brand "New" 1997 Riviera EmptyThu Aug 25, 2011 12:20 am

I'm just a little jealous. happy Great find Tim! She's gonna keep you happy for quite some time.
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PostSubject: Re: My Literally Brand "New" 1997 Riviera   My Literally Brand "New" 1997 Riviera EmptyThu Aug 25, 2011 12:58 am

did you notice you guys,on the first pic there is a trunk lid insulation...i've never seen one with such...
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PostSubject: Re: My Literally Brand "New" 1997 Riviera   My Literally Brand "New" 1997 Riviera EmptyThu Aug 25, 2011 1:11 am

Tim says "with a few things added"... he may have done that himself.
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PostSubject: Re: My Literally Brand "New" 1997 Riviera   My Literally Brand "New" 1997 Riviera EmptyThu Aug 25, 2011 1:29 am

Ummm Tim - Did you add the trunk lid mat or is that original?
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Epically minty riv right there! WOO
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PostSubject: Re: My Literally Brand "New" 1997 Riviera   My Literally Brand "New" 1997 Riviera EmptyThu Aug 25, 2011 7:32 am

Thanks for all the compliments. A couple of months ago I would have never imagined that I would have such a nice Riviera in my garage! In answer to a couple of your questions, the things that I added to the car were: the trunk lid mat (grey replacement carpet from PepBoys, glued and velcro on a foam core board), also added the chrome vertical trim pieces to the front grille, added a few platinum silver dash cover pieces to the console and door arm rests (to cover up lots of scratches from who knows what) and removed the ash tray and replaced it with an XM radio using that same spot where the ash tray used to be (that way it is completely hidden when the dash cover panel over the ash tray area is closed). In answer to the purchase price: $7,000.
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PostSubject: Re: My Literally Brand "New" 1997 Riviera   My Literally Brand "New" 1997 Riviera EmptyThu Aug 25, 2011 10:04 am

$7k is a fair price for both seller and buyer, imho. I paid $6k for mine with 100k on the odo.
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PostSubject: Re: My Literally Brand "New" 1997 Riviera   My Literally Brand "New" 1997 Riviera EmptyThu Aug 25, 2011 9:54 pm

absolutely beautiful riviera for 7k. i paid 7k for my 99 regal in 2007 with 24k at the time. i also bought it from a very old lady. i bought my 90 riviera for 2k with 34k one year ago-also from a very old man. congratulations!
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PostSubject: Re: My Literally Brand "New" 1997 Riviera   My Literally Brand "New" 1997 Riviera EmptyThu Aug 25, 2011 11:00 pm

IMO thats definitely a fair price. Still awesome find!
I picked up my '89 for $700. Steal of a deal I think. It had almost 202000 kms and now has 205xxx kms.
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Welcome Tim, and congrats on finding that special car!
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PostSubject: Re: My Literally Brand "New" 1997 Riviera   My Literally Brand "New" 1997 Riviera EmptySat Aug 27, 2011 2:24 am

7k now that 's a deal enjoy it
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PostSubject: Re: My Literally Brand "New" 1997 Riviera   My Literally Brand "New" 1997 Riviera EmptySun Aug 28, 2011 6:25 pm

I've just had a great first full weekend with the car and have loved every minute of it! Thanks for all the kind words and welcome messages! happy
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PostSubject: Re: My Literally Brand "New" 1997 Riviera   My Literally Brand "New" 1997 Riviera EmptyMon Aug 29, 2011 1:50 pm

So thats how they looked like as brand new! nice find.
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PostSubject: Re: My Literally Brand "New" 1997 Riviera   My Literally Brand "New" 1997 Riviera EmptyTue Oct 04, 2011 2:15 pm

After a bit of interior trim tweaking, a few more photos...dash trim pieces finished in platinum silver with chrome accent strips.
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Ash tray compartment now hides the XM Radio...
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Just a touch of chrome on the seatbacks to give it that retro '60's touch...
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PostSubject: Re: My Literally Brand "New" 1997 Riviera   My Literally Brand "New" 1997 Riviera EmptyTue Oct 04, 2011 2:52 pm

Absolutely beautiful interior...Nice Touches !!! thumbsup
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