The new Riviera rode on its own 117-inch wheelbase chassis and the standard engine was a 325 bhp, 401 cid V-8. All Rivieras had the 2-speed Turbine Drive automatic transmission, power steering and power brakes, while air conditioning was a $350 option. A tilt steering column was fitted, along with cruise control. The body was remarkable, a combination of curves and planes with very little brightwork. Side widows were frameless and the doors built with a separate skin, so the mechanism could be precisely adjusted. Doors were so long they had two interior handles, one for the rear seat passengers. The interior was luxurious with vinyl, cloth and vinyl or optional leather bucket seats in front, mirrored in the rear with a depressed center section. Two separate pods of gauges came from the Electra, but the dash swept down to a center console where the gearshift, headlight and wiper switches were located along with front and rear ashtrays, lighters and courtesy lights.This is coming out of a high end collector's estate, and there are several others to choose from. Extra parts are available.
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