1958 Buick Special Riviera (46R) – Introduced in the middle of the 1955 model year the four-door Buick Special Riviera (along with the Century Riviera, the Oldsmobile 98 Holiday, and the 88 Holiday) were the first four-door pillarless hardtops ever produced. By then, the Buick Special was one of America’s best selling automotive series. For 1956 the larger 322 cu in (5.3 L) V8 engine was shared with the rest of the range, although it was replaced by the bigger, 250 hp (186 kW) 364 V8 for 1957. This year also brought all-new bodywork, as well as a four-door hardtop station wagon called the Buick Caballero. The 1957 wheelbase remained 122 inches. In the June, 1957 issue of Popular Mechanics, the Special was rated with a 0-60 mph time of 11.6 seconds, fuel economy of 17.4 mpg at 50 mph (80 km/h), and ground clearance of 6.9 in (175 mm). 1958 brought the most chrome yet and twin headlights, as the car grew longer and wider, albeit on an unchanged chassis.
Offered in the stunning Garnet Red & White color combo, this beautiful Buick is being offered for the first time in over 30 years. The Special Riviera has had only 2 owners here in Texas and therefore traded hands only once (in 1987). As you can see in the photos this Special has been very well maintained and always garage kept. In fact, this exceptional example has seen only 42k miles of asphalt from new! The Buick Special received an original color laquer repaint in the early ’90s and still presents like it was just finished. A mild custom stereo was also installed in that same era. In preparation for resale, the original 364 V8 was rebuilt and has seen apprx 250 miles of “break in” use since. It also received new brake lines, new fuel lines, new battery, and new tires. The original 2-Speed Dynaflow Automatic was serviced and shifts as it should. The interior features an original Garnet Red and Cream seating in excellent condition. Additional features include; Cloth Floormats, Shop Manuals, Pioneer AM/FM/CD, Tinted Glass, Tow Hitch, Tire Tools, Spare Tire (New), and Factory 15″ Hubcaps. Upon very close inspection you can find a few very small paint imperfections and one scuff on the front bumper chrome. In January this Buick was professionally appraised at $39k. The experts at Hagerty and NADA currently value this vehicle at $35,500 to $40,700. Because we are in the business of sales and not collecting, we have offered this amazing classic at only $29,900 for a quick sale. Contact us today to become the third, and fortunate new owner!