Project Description

1951 Buick Special Riviera - Model 45R

1951 Buick Special Riviera – Model 45R

Production16,491 cars
Original Baseprice$ 2,225.00
Engine263.3 cui Fireball L8
128 (w/Dynaflow)
225 ft-lbs (w/Dynaflow)
63.4 inches
76.7 inches
204 inches
121.5 inches
3,645 pounds
4,08

% share of all 1951 Buicks

Quote from Original Literature

1951 Buick Sales Brochure
The 1951 Buick Special Riviera (Model 45R) - the smartest of body types comes to Buick's specially smart price level. This handsome 6-passenger beauty is DeLuxe finished throughout, gives almost as much visibility as a top-down convertible.

1951 Buick Special Riviera Equipment

The 1951 Buick Special Riviera was the cheapest Buik hardtop and the entry option for any household in America. It was beautiful, affordable and could be upgraded with a long options list.

Front and Rear Armrests
One-Piece Hood
One-Piece Windshield
Rear Fender Gravel Shield
Robe Cord
Stainless Steel Belt Molding
Sweepspear
Antenna (Manual or Automatic)
Armrest Package
Auxiliary Fog Lamps
Back-Up Lights
Dynaflow Transmission (Automatic Transmission)
Direction Signals
Easy-Eye Glass
Flexible Spoke Steering Wheel
Foamtex Seat Cushions
Heater & Defroster
Rear View Mirror
Selectronic Radio
Sonomatic Radio
Standard Accessory Group (includes Electric Clock, Trunk Light, License Plate Frames & Wheel Covers)
Two-Tone Paint
White Wall Tires
Windshield Washer

See 1951 Buick Options & Accessories for a full list with original prices.

1951 Buick Options & Accessories
  • 1951 Buick Selectronic Radio

    1951 Buick Selectronic Radio

    1951 Buick Selectronic Radio Tuning brings in as many of the available stations as you want-or as few as you choose. Read more!

1951 Buick Special Riviera Colors

1951 Buick Colors

Buyers of the 1951 Buick Special Riviera had the choice between 15 base colors. They could be used as solid or two-tone color. In this case, the roof could be painted differently. Note: Color accuracy varies by computer/device settings and depends on the actual light.

(See complete 1951 Buick color chart for Duco Paint numbers.)

1951 Buick Colors

Body Colors

Carlsbad Black

Verde Green

Imperial Blue

Geneva Green

Barton Grey

Olympic Blue

Victoria Maroon

Sharon Green

Cloudmist Grey

Old Ivory

Sky Grey

Calumet Green

Venetian Blue

Galena Blue

Gleen Green

Roof Colors (Two-Tone Paint)

Imperial Blue (with Barton Grey or Galena Blue)

Cloudmist Grey (with Sky Grey)

Sky Grey (with Verde Green, Olympic Blue, Victoria Maroon, Sharon Green, Cloudmist Grey, Calumet Green, Venetian Blue or Galena Blue)

Calumet Green (with Glenn Green)

1951 Buick Special Riviera Interior Trim Combinations

Trim #41

Standard Trim.

Seat Material:
Light Grey Pattern Cloth

Bolster Material:
Light Grey Pattern Cloth

1951 Buick Seat Material
1951 Buick Bolster Material

Because of being the affordable base, buyers had only one choice for the interior.

1951 Buick Featured Video

Literature covering the 1951 Buick Special Riviera

Online Literature

If you own a 1951 Buick Special Riviera, there are a fiew publications that help you to maintain your beloved Buick. Hometown Buick has bought, scanned and prepared most of them to grant you online access – most parts are for free!

1951 Buick Literature

HOMETOWN BUICK Collection

Besides basic literature, Hometown Buick has a variety of items that are very uncommon, rare and expensive. Browse through our collection and dive into the history of 1951 Buicks!

1951 Buick Memorabilia

Available in the HB Shop

If you like printed matter, we can offer you spare originals and high quality reprints in our online shop.

1951 Buick Shop Items

For 1951 Buick Special Riviera Owners and Enthusiasts

1951 Buick Body Tag

1951 Buick Body Tag

For restauration or more information about your 1951 Buick Special Riviera, there is a good source: the Body Tag. It provides info about the original paint job, chosen trim option, accessories and (up to a certain point) the time of assembly. Find out more about your Buick and decode your cars Body Tag now!

Decode 1951 Buick Body Tag

1951 Buick Registry

1951 Buick Registry

Unfortunalty there is no official source that provides plant/production statistics. So its almost impossible to say if the options of your Buick were rare or not. Hometown Buick wants to rebuild Buicks history and has set up the 1951 Buick Registry. Support us to support the community by submitting your car data today!

Register your 1951 Buick Special Riviera

1951 Buick Configurator

1951 Buick Configurator

With the literature collected by Hometown Buick, it is possible to go back in time. Imagine you’d live in 1951 and step into the Buick showroom. Here is your chance to pick your personal Buick and built it just the way you like it. Enjoy the 1951 Buick Configurator!

Configure your 1951 Buick

1951 Buick Prices

1951 Buick Prices

You have a 1951 Buick Special Riviera in mind? Be aware of the prices before you buy. There is no perfect way to estimate a car value – but we’d like to give you a first orientation. The actual price depends on several parameters like condition, location and authenticity.

Check 1951 Buick Special Riviera Prices

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