Project Description

1953 Buick Super Riviera - Model 56R

1953 Buick Super Riviera – Model 56R

Production 91,298 cars
Original Baseprice $ 2,611.00
Engine 322 cui Fireball V8
170 (w/Dynaflow)
292 ft-lbs (w/Dynaflow)
62.8 inches
79.9 inches
207.6 inches
121.5 inches
3,845 pounds

% share of all 1953 Buicks

Quote from Original Literature

1953 Buick Sales Brochure
The distinctive Buick styling is evidenced in the 1953 Buick Super Riviera (Model 56R), one of the most popular models in the entire Buick line. Buick's Super for 1953 is powered by a 170-horsepower 90° valve-in-head V-8 engine of new design, hooked up to a new twin turbine Dynaflow to give the ultimate in performance, smoothness and economy. Wire wheel covers are optional equipment on all models.

1953 Buick Super Riviera Equipment

In 1953, Buick introduced the Air Conditoner – it was more like a fridge in the trunk. But the result was ice cold air in the passenger compartment. Another new options for this year was Power Brakes and a 12 Volt Electrical System. The 1953 Buick Super Riviera was almost a modern car.

12-Volt Electrical System
Alligator Type Hood
Direction Signals
Flexible Spoke Steering Wheel
Foamtex Seat Cushions
One-Piece Windshield
Panorama Rear Window
Air Conditioner
Antenna only (Manual or Automatic)
Back-Up Lights
Custom Interior Trim
Dynaflow Transmission (Automatic)
Easy-Eye Glass
Heater & Defroster
Power Brakes (only with Dynaflow)
Power Steering (only with Dynaflow)
Glare-Proof Mirror
Safety Group (includes Back-Up Lights, Windshield Washer, Glareproof Mirror & Parking Brake Signal Light)
Selectronic Radio
Sonomatic Radio
Two-Tone Paint
Windshield Washer
Wire Wheel Covers (Hubcaps)
Wheel Covers
White Wall Tires

See 1953 Buick Options & Accessories for a full list with original prices.

1953 Buick Options & Accessories
  • 1953 Buick Dynaflow Transmission

    1953 Buick Dynaflow Transmission

    1953 Buick Dynaflow Transmission is one of the smoothest auto transmissions. All powerthrust from engine to wheels is transmitted through a cushion of oil.

1953 Buick Super Riviera Colors

1953 Buick Colors

19 base colors were available for 1953. Buyers could use them as a solid color or in combination for a Two-Tone paint job. 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 1953 Buick color chart for Duco Paint numbers and correct Two-Tone paint combinations.)

1953 Buick Colors

Body Colors

Carlsbad Black

Verde Green

Imperial Blue

Jordan Grey

Victoria Maroon

Seamist Grey

Shell Grey

Terrace Green

Tyler Blue

Ridge Green

Osage Cream

Matador Red

Teal Blue

Majestic White

Reef Blue

Mandarin Red

Balsam Green

Pinehurst Green

Glacier Blue

Roof Colors (Two-Tone Paint)

Shell Grey (with Verde Green, Victoria Maroon, Seamist Grey or Tyler Blue)

Imperial Blue (with Jordan Grey or Glacier Blue)

Seamist Grey (with Shell Grey or Majestic White)

Ridge Green (with Terrace Green)

Terrace Green (with Ridge Green)

Verde Green (with Osage Cream)

Carlsbad Black (with Matador Red)

Majestic White (with Teal Blue, Balsam Green, Mandarin Red, Reef Blue, Pinehurst Green or Matador Red)

Jordan Grey (with Glacier Blue)

1953 Buick Super Riviera Interior Trim Combinations

Trim #50

This is a Standard Trim.

Seat Material:
Dark Green Pattern Nylon

Bolster Material:
Light Green Broadcloth

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No Sample available

Trim #51

This is a Standard Trim.

Seat Material:
Dark Blue Pattern Nylon

Bolster Material:
Light Grey Broadcloth

1953 Buick Seat Material
1953 Buick Bolster Material

Trim #60

Custom Trim at Extra Cost.

Seat Material:
Dark Green Pattern Nylon

Bolster Material:
Light Green Cordaveen

1953 Buick Seat Material
1953 Buick Bolster Material

Trim #61

Custom Trim at Extra Cost.

Seat Material:
Dark Blue Pattern Nylon

Bolster Material:
Light Blue Cordaveen

1953 Buick Seat Material
1953 Buick Bolster Material

Trim #62

Custom Trim at Extra Cost.

Seat Material:
Black Pattern Nylon

Bolster Material:
Red Cordaveen

1953 Buick Seat Material
1953 Buick Bolster Material

Five trim combinations were chosen for the 1953 Buick Super Riviera – two standard trims with Nylon material and Broadcloth plus three optional interior combinations with Nylon and Cordaveen.

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1953 Buick Videos

1953 Buick Videos

The year 1953 was the first year for the “Buick Berle Show” with Milton Berle. Buick showed short sequences of a driving 1953 Buick at front and end of the show; plus commercials in between.

The Dealer Organization Training (DOT) was continued from 1953, in which the first color (earlier slidefilms were black/white) slidefilm was published to introduce the new model line.

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Literature covering the 1953 Buick Super Riviera

Online Literature

Are you looking for books or repair manuals for your 1953 Buick Super Riviera? We have them online – ready to read!

1953 Buick Literature


Memorabilia for 1953 Buicks is hard to find due to the year being their 50th anniversary. Hometown Buick is proud to have some of rarest memorabilia available – like the Showroom Album, Colors & Fabrics Album, DOT Slidefilms, etc.

1953 Buick Memorabilia

Available in the HB Shop

Get your personal share of 1953 Buick items – with originals or high quality reprints from the Hometown Buick shop. We ship worldwide.

1953 Buick Shop Items

For 1953 Buick Super Riviera Owners and Enthusiasts

1953 Buick Body Tag

1953 Buick Body Tag

Are you restoring a 1953 Buick Super Riviera or just want to know how it came from the factory? Just find the body tag – located in the engine compartment – and get all neat information – original paint combination, interior and (in some cases) optional equipment.

Decode 1953 Buick Body Tag

1953 Buick Registry

1953 Buick Registry

Buick does not provide official statistics about how often a 1953 was equipped with a certain option. So its up to the community. We’ve started a 1953 Buick Registry to help you out. Submit your car information to get a better look on 1953 Buicks!

Register your 1953 Buick Super Riviera

1953 Buick Configurator

1953 Buick Configurator

Unfortunately there is no 1953 Buick showroom anymore. But Hometown Buick has created a way to let you build a 1953 Buick or your own. Our 1953 Buick Configurator lets you create your personal car – with all factory options, exterior paints and interior. Start now!

Configure your 1953 Buick

1953 Buick Prices

1953 Buick Prices

The car hobby is expensive. Before you buy (or sell) a 1953 Buick Super Riviera you need to inform yourself about the right price. Although – there is no right price, everything depends on different parameters, for example condition, location, being the car original or not. A classic car valuation platform can only give a first orientation.

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