Detroit — I attended the 2023 Detroit Concours d’Elegance held at the Detroit Institute of Arts (DIA) grounds located in midtown Detroit. The event was spectacular with ride and drives, panel discussions, food trucks and of course, the classic cars.
There was Mopar Magic, Ferrari’s from the 60’s, the 120th anniversary of the Harley-Davidson, 120th anniversary of the Buick and 60th anniversary of McLaren, just to name a few.
I had the opportunity to talk to Chuck Anderson who owns the silver 1963 Buick Riviera. He said he worked for Buick all his life. This particular vehicle was built in Flint, Michigan and he had it for 10 years. The interior is original and it has air conditioning. “The big horn was an option,” says Anderson.
“This Buick Riviera is 325 horsepower with 445 cubic inch of torque with a Dynaflow transmission.”
“I still drive it now. It has 114,000 miles and gets 12 miles per gallon. I belong to the Buick Car Club and I take it to the Back to the Bricks in Flint, one of America’s classic car events,” added Anderson. The Back to the Bricks car event attracts 500,000 people annually. It celebrates the love of motor vehicles. The lights from the city’s arches illuminates hundreds of cars along Saginaw Street.
“I still drive this car today for my enjoyment and it rides smooth as silk down the road.”
The Buick Riviera was the result of America’s fascination with European luxury cars such as the Jaguar, Maserati and Aston Martin. The base price at the time was $4,333 before options. The Riviera had the look and styling of the European cars for half the price.
For more info about the Detroit Concours d’Elegance visit: https://www.detroitconcours.com.
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