Welcome to Generation Gap where we ask you about your favorite generation of a certain multi-generational car nameplate. Then, explain why your choice is right to the rest of us uneducated folks.


After two weeks of non-stop tests, illness, projects, homework assignments, seating auditions, concerts, lunches with friends, vacation travels, helping Grandma with yardwork, awkwardly singing, practicing driving, and sleeping, we are back with some Generation Gap! Now, this week we have one of the most legendary American personal luxury coupes of the past fifty years: the Buick Riviera. From a big RWD coupe to increasingly boxy 70's and 80's designs, this storied nameplate ended in 1999 with a curvaceous coupe. Today we cover the first sixteen years and four generations of the Riv. Which one was best?

The options:

First Generation [1963 - 1965]

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Second Generation [1966 - 1970] and facelift

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Third Generation [1971-1973]

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Fourth Generation [1974 - 1976]

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Stay tuned for some [1977 - 1999] Rivieras next week!