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Buick Rivieras aren’t the most common car you’ll see at a car show (unless it’s a Buick, Oldsmobile, Pontiac show). But when you’re lucky enough to stumble upon one, it’s usually a first-, second, or third-generation model. Although there were eight iterations of the Riviera through 1999, these first three generations from 1963 to 1973 are most near and dear to the hearts of hot rodders.

The question is: Which model year are you looking at?

There are some telltale signs that can help you determine the exact year of early model Rivieras. Best of all, these signs are easily visible with a quick walk-around of the car. OnAllCylinders contributor Lori Sams shows you what we mean in her latest Ride Guides infographic below.




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Author: David Fuller

David Fuller is OnAllCylinders' managing editor. During his 20-year career in the auto industry, he has covered a variety of races, shows, and industry events and has authored articles for multiple magazines. He has also partnered with mainstream and trade publications on a wide range of editorial projects. In 2012, he helped establish OnAllCylinders, where he enjoys covering all facets of hot rodding and racing.