1957 Buick Super Riviera Hartop Coupe

Though 1957 proved to be a bad year for Buick sales, production of the Model 56-R reached 26,529 units and sold for $3,536. All 1957 Buicks were redesigned and featured a new 364 cubic-inch engine.

While one of these ’57 Super Riviera Hardtops was doomed to a life of hard use as an ambulance, the other remained a coupe and belonged to Harlow H. Curtice during his tenure as president of General Motors from 1952-1958. Naturally, the company president’s car was well appointed, featuring power brakes, power seats, AM/FM Radio, power windows and steering.

Curtice lived in Flint during his presidencies and, according to the donor, drove this car from his home to Bishop Airport for his daily commute to GM headquarters in Detroit. The purchase of this car was made possible by funds raised at the annual Sloan Museum Auto Fair fundraiser.


Year: 1957
Make: Buick
Model: Super Riviera Hardtop 56R
Engine: V-8, 364 cubic inch displacement
Horsepower: 250
Units Produced: 26,529
Price: $3,536

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