The shell of the 1971 boattail Buick Riveria is there, but the owner is not

The shell of the 1971 boattail Buick Riveria is there, but the owner is not


So, I took a drive across the Maple Grove Road bridge north of Bloomington and found, again, that 1971 Buick Riviera boat hull on the side of the road for sale.

No one was home, and no one answered the phone number on the driver’s window poster offering a custom shell for $4,500. I walked around, took a few more pictures, hesitated. And left without a story.

Secret 1971 Buick Riviera

Back in 1971, $5,253 would have bought you a new Buick Riviera like this one. The cost equates to about $40,000 today, not out of line for a decent new car. The Riviera was redesigned that year with a longer-than-usual hood that moved forward and a sleek boat-tail design reminiscent of the luxury cars of the 1930s.