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PremiumX 1972 Buick Riviera

PremiumX 1972 Buick Riviera

Buick introduced the third-generation Riviera in 1971, with a boat-tailed fastback body that you either loved or hated. It certainly was different from any other American car and bore much more than a passing resemblance to the 1963 Corvette, at least from the rear. It’s obvious that PremiumX has done their homework on this one; the Riv got a very mild facelift for ’72, with a new egg crate grille and a bright rub strip along the sculptured side line. This model has both, with these details, as well as the rockers and wheel arch molding, done with very thin, hot-printed chrome. This sample does have a couple of spots where the chrome didn’t quite cover the trim though. The tiny photo-etched “Riviera” scripts on the nose and deck are fully legible under magnification, and even the Buick badge on the stern is a “3-D” photo-etched piece.  Give PremiumX high marks for the interior, though; there’s accurate upholstery on all four seats, with wood-grain decals and silver-painted trim and handles on the side panels.  The engine-turned panel with its rectangular bezels and decal gauges matches photos very well. Thanks to Wild About Wheels for this sample — and to PremiumX  for a very accurate ’72 Riviera. — Wayne Moyer

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Updated: June 4, 2014 — 10:04 AM

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