1953 Buick Special Riviera Two Door Hardtop. Finished in rich Burgundy paint accented by a clean Gray cloth interior. Power comes from the 110-hp, 248-cid OHV straight-eight engine and the shifting is done through the optional Dynaflow automatic transmission. This Buick features the famous push button under gas pedal starter, factory tissue dispensor, and steel wheels with spoke Buick covers wrapped in wide whitewall tires.
The Buick Special was the last model to receive a new full-width body, in mid-1949 as a 1950 model. Before that the Specials were basically Fisher B-bodies dating back to 1941. The new model was introduced with a “snaggle-tooth” grille, which spilled down over the bumper and was also fitted to Super and Roadmaster models. Specials had three “ventiports” on the hood sides.
The 1953 Specials were divided into two lines. The base model had no body-side moldings, while the Special Deluxe had trim, bright window outlines and “Special” script on the front fenders. Three body styles were available in the Special line, with four in the Special Deluxe. Each had a fastback, or “Jetback,” two-and four-door, as well as a conventional notchback four-door touring sedan. There were no Special convertibles or station wagons and the top seller was the four-door touring sedan with 141,396 sales.
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