Your Ride: 1972 Buick Riviera Cop Car
Growing up around the police force, one of our readers, Kevin, always admired his fathers 1972 Buick Riviera cop car. On duty during the week, and on family duty during the weekend, the durable Riviera proved more than just a machine for catching bad guys. When his father passed the car on to him, Kevin made sure to treat this long-loved Riv with respect and admiration, like he had as a boy. Read his full story here:
How did you acquire your ride?
My Father purchased this 1972 Crystal Blue Riviera as the last of five Buicks he used while County Sheriff in our small NE North Dakota area. Three Buick Electras, then a 1970 Riviera, and finally this 72. They were also our family cars as the county did not provide vehicles, but only paid him mileage for using his own car.
What drew you in when you bought it?
I fondly remember the dealership bringing out a 1972 Pontiac Grandville and this Riviera. Dad looked at mother and me and said "you choose." We chose the outrageous style of the Boattail Riv. It’s amazing how many people come up to me with memories of the “Boattail Buicks," or simply have never seen one before. I wonder how many times I’ve actually had to say, “Yes, it really was a Sheriff’s Patrol Car!”
Does it have a name?
No name, just my Riv Cop Car
What do you feel like when you drive it?
It throws me back to high school days roaming the back seat as I grew up and driving this beauty later. I loved riding with dad in hot pursuit of speeders, or running to an emergency call of accidents and the like! Today cruising and car show fun is wonderful. With the full Sheriff’s gear and siren on, it always draws attention, and of course, you have give them all the full story many times over. It may not be Barrett Jackson Show quality, but I love it as if it were!
What would you change about your car, if anything?
I’ve had the body redone with body work and new paint of original color, although the vinyl roof, interior, 455 c.i.d. engine and entire drive train are still original at 93,000 miles. I would love to be able to afford to restore the mechanicals of the car.
What have you done to make it a bolder ride?
I have added a set of Eagle Custom 17 inch wheels with spinners and 55 series 17 inch tires. Not to mention the near perfect match to the original of the Unity red light police light bar on the roof. I found that some 30 years later in an old police gear shop. The police radio antenna on the trunk is still original and the siren installed inside is only a handful of years newer than it should be.
Dream accessory for it and why?
Dream accessory would possibly be modern LED police lights of some sort. Mostly I just dream of being able to have the engine and driveline restored someday.
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