Barn Find LE of 8 Pcs 1965 Buick Riviera Gran Sport Resin Model

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Automodello 1965 Buick Riviera Gran Sport in Burgundy Mist Resin Model in 1:24 Sca diecast car
  • Year: 1965
  • Brand: Automodello
  • Make: Buick
  • Code: 24B011
  • Model: Riviera Gran Sport in Burgundy Mist Resin Mod…
  • Scale: 1:24
  • Color: Burgundy Mist
  • Note: Limited edition of 8 pieces.

I had a strange sensation as I initially unboxed the new Automodello Buick Riviera. I recalled the glory days of the 1:24th scale auto replicas that spoiled us by being released so frequently. We became somewhat jaded with all of the model-makers issues coming to us so often. We felt as if we could pass on certain ones and always catch up later. Back then and especially now, this could easily be declared, ‘The Next Big Thing’! This First-Generation Buick Riviera is the culmination of hard work and dedication on the parts of Automodello owner, James Cowen, and model master extraordinaire, Raffi Minasian. I reminded Jim and Raffi that a lot of people waited a long time for this image. The Riviera is an iconic giant of the early sixties. But I didn’t tell them anything they didn’t already know. These are car buffs and enthusiasts just like us.

This limited series, of seven Riviera’s, is issued in a wide variety of color pallet choices. Three of them are most rare; Arctic White, Flame Red and Burgundy Mist. They are considered the “Enthusiast’s Editions”. They are limited to only 19 units each. A “Homage Edition” is limited to only 24 pieces and comes in a sultry black. Next are limited editions of 50 each and are deemed as “Tribute Editions”. They are painted in Verde Green and Sahara Mist. Last is the “Standard Edition” of up to 299 and it is issued in Astro Blue. The Flame Red Riviera is the only model released with a contrasting black top. No matter the paint work, these are resin works of art.

The First-Generation Riviera was built from 1963 until 1965, the model year rendered here. It is the sleekest, most unadorned and fitting vision of a personal luxury vehicle from GM styling head, Bill Mitchell. The headlights of the ’63 model are now covered, as he envisioned them, and the twin, faux rear fender scoop simulations were removed giving that panel a smoother appearance. It also was the debut year of the Gran Sport addition, with its dual-quad Super Wildcat engine, as standard equipment. From all angles and points of view, the Automodello Riviera is spectacular.

To my eye, while carefully examining three different Riviera’s, the hand-polished paint application on these models is the very best I have experienced while reviewing scale model cars! The smooth finish and glossy appearance is fitting of a perfect shrinkage from 1:1 to 1:24th. I rode in a ’65 Riv and have seen a few up close and personal. It has been a while though, so I consulted photo references of the car in books and online to compare visuals. I can’t find a fault in proportions, stance and replication. The photo-etched metal parts, the badging and chrome metal-foil work is astonishing. I fell head over heels for the interior detailing. The steering wheel, dash, console and seats look terrific. The inside door panels have scaled chrome trim pieces and doom lights appear above the rear seatbacks. Flocked carpeting highlights the floor pedals.

Some have said that they do not like models with open windows on one side and closed on the other. I fully understand that opinion and welcome the healthy debate. Funny, but on certain models it looks better one way, while on others, it’s better the other way! Go figure. I consider it the best of both worlds and depending on which side you come down on, it yields a more realistic automotive viewing. So too, do the previously mentioned photo-etched metal parts. The windshield wipers, the cowl vents, in front of them, stylized “R” hood emblem, the grillwork and lower rear window vents are incredibly precise. And I like the choice of material for the antenna. It is a monofilament scaled down with little chance of breakage once installed.

Automodello’s Riviera was a long time coming to scale model fruition. And while an awful lot of enthusiasts might love to have a more functional application, what you see here is a flawless performance. The shape, fidelity and quintessential essence of the 1965 Buick Riviera is spot on. The trunk lid doesn’t open but it doesn’t have to, because we finally have a first-generation Riviera and it is exceptionally beautiful! (Interior colors: Arctic White – black. Flame Red – black. Burgundy Mist – black. Black – tan. Sahara Mist – saddle. Verde Green – green and Astro Blue – blue.)*Enthusiast's Editions are only available through Automodello and Diecasm, not through the Automodello channel.

-Tony F. Perrone

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