Custom Cruise Friday
Don Wheaton photographer, Dan Wells has, by his own admission, ‘owned a ridiculous amount of cars for one person.’ Wells has been featured in the Custom Cruise Friday series a few times, most notably with his 1976 Chevy Monte Carlo and as a toddler waking up the neighbors in his father’s 1954 Buick Special. A recent accident allowed Wells to check off one final item on his vehicular bucket list, owning a Buick coupe. In this case, a 1995 Buick Riviera; this week’s Custom Cruise Friday featured car.
“I’ve owned Chevy, Cadillac, Oldsmobile and Pontiac,” Wells said. “Somehow the car ego in me wanted to own a Buick; so I could put that last piece of the puzzle in place.”
Over the years and more than a hundred cars and trucks, including several Monte Carlos and Cutlasses, Wells never personally owned model from Buick. Prior to Wells’ recent Buick purchase, he was driving a Toyota Solara — a friendly point of contention with the sales staff at Don Wheaton. A parking lot collision later and the man who has owned more cars in a lifetime than would fit in an airplane hangar needed a ride.
Wells wasn’t necessarily looking to buy this particular car. Call it serendipity, fate or just plain luck, but a quick online search led him to a motivated seller and the 1995 Riviera.
This model of the Buick Riviera was produced toward the end of the model’s life cycle. Buick officially shuttered production of personal luxury coupes like this in 1999 after experiencing a drop in customer interest, like the rest of the industry.
“It’s been extremely well-kept,” Wells said. “It’s very quiet and smooth. It shifts well and is very straight.”
Wells’ 1995 Buick Riviera stands out from the crowd for a few reasons. First, as a personal luxury coupes, the car is well equipped with a number of features including a very clean leather interior which hardly shows any signs of being north of 20 years old. Also, it has one of General Motors’ most respected engines under the hood. Powering Wells’ first Buick is a supercharged, 3.8-liter, V-6 engine. Even with more than 130,000 kilometers on the odometer, the engine is very will to get up and go when Wells puts his foot into it.
“This is a good compromise between something too vintage to drive and something more modern,” Wells said.
Even someone like Wells who knows enough to appreciate a high-performing engine like the one under the hood of his car, can also appreciate solid fuel economy. In the few weeks he’s owned the car Wells was pleased with the fact that it will still post fuel consumption scores of better than 11.8 L/100 km in the city and 7.8 L/100 km on the highway.
Don Wheaton would like to thank The Derrick Golf and Winter Club for allowing us to use their facility for our photo shoot.
Have you been holding on to a vehicle for sentimental reasons? Are you rebuilding or restoring your dream car? Please contact Don Wheaton Brand Manager, Melina Kawecki by email, firstname.lastname@example.org, with some photos and pertinent information and we would love to feature your labor of love in a weekly Custom Cruise Friday post.