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1966 Buick Riviera (1/25) (fs)
1966 Buick Riviera (1/25) (fs)
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Product Code: AMT-30083

1966 Buick Riviera (1/25) (fs) 1966 was an exciting year at General Motors with the introduction of the Oldsmobile Toronado the cousin to the now classic Riviera from the Buick line. Both divisions began to share research on these sleek works of art and both were slated to have front-wheel drive. However, Buick opted out of the front-drive GM program for a few reasons, particularly cost. In 1966 dollars, front-wheel drive made the Toronado $400 more expensive to manufacture than the Buick Riviera. Yet the 1966 Toronado's list price was only $161 more than the Buick Riviera's. The rear-drive 1966 Buick Riviera did end up sharing some of the Toronado's sheet-metal stampings. Both cars used the same cowl, roof, glass, and inner doors. The frame and undercarriage, though, were very different. According to Buick's chief body engineer, George R. Ryder, the 1966 Riviera used a cruciform frame similar to the previous generation's but exclusive to the Buick Riviera, with a 119-inch wheelbase for 1966-1970, two inches longer than in 1963-1965. While Johan held the Toronado license for 1966, AMT had the deal with Buick. For this writer, the AMT 1966 Toronado was special as it was my second treasured model kit purchased for $1.00 in January of 1966 with the close out 1965 Impala. AMT has reissued this treasure a handful of times with this particular kit, AMT 30083 released in 2000, being the second issue. This is a factory stock replica and features a realistic separate frame and suspension, a detailed 425 cu. in. V-8 with dual quad option. The kit is molded in white, clear, clear red with chrome parts and flexible vinyl tires.

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