August 3, 2012; So a couple weeks back I tell my god son that if we take Old Riv to Six Flags he could bring along four of his friends. I said this and in my mind thought that he would much prefer using the new car to travel the forty miles or so. I was wrong. Come a hot and humid Wednesday he and 4 of his closet buddies and I piled in and drove up to Gurnee. 80 miles round trip. I used 8 gallons of gas. Of course when this car was build gasoline was a tenth the cost of what it is today, but when you think about it cars were about a tenth the cost also. If Buick made a 2012 Riviera I am sure that it would cost between forty and 50 thousand. The sticker on this Rivera was $5,200.00. Mid October, I brought out the Riv for our annual block party. Whoopie, well it was fun for a while. Its ready to be stored for the winter. I will probably drive it one more time to make sure everything is charged and the cleaned out. I have a customer in Rockford that I need to see soon. Maybe I will drive it there. Poor old car, doesn't get used much, but when asked it starts right up and is ready to go.It is now mid August, I have used the Old Riv to visit friends in Wisconsin and a quick trip to Indiana for a cig run. No Problems. It seems that this is the biggest car on the road these days. Everyone is driving subcompacts, or small SUV's. These days a big car is like a Taurus or an Impala. While physically they are smaller than fullsize cars once were, but they pack on the weight. Can you believe a New Taurus weighs 4000 pounds. This old Riv is about 4300. I guess its all the safety mandates and options that are packing on the pounds. 1972 Riviera by Buick: A SurvivorOh Hi Everyone. This is my arctic white Riviera. Its pretty much original except for a light repaint sometime during its 36 plus years.I had the transmission rebuilt in 2008. Actually I think they just took it apart and put new seals in it. The car still runs great but I did not use it much in 2008. Premium gasoline at over $4.00 per gallon and this cars voluminous fuel consumption limited my use to jaunts between Chicago and Indiana. Oh and the 8 track player bit the dust. Too bad, I have a bunch of cool 8 tracks.