1962 Buick Riviera, 1963 MY Series 4700 4747

Buick Riviera is an automobile that has a 2 door coupé type body styled by Bill Mitchell / Ned Nickles with a front mounted engine delivering its power to the rear wheels. The Buick Riviera belongs to the Series 4700 range of cars from Buick. The 8 cylinder, overhead valve naturally aspirated engine has 2 valves per cylinder and a displacement of 6.6 litres. In this application it musters power and torque figures of 325 bhp (330 PS/242 kW) at 4400 rpm and 603 Nm (445 lbft/61.5 kgm) at 2800 rpm respectively. The engine supplies its power through to the wheels by means of a continuously variable gearbox. The Buick Riviera weighs a quoted 1901 kg at the kerb.

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Key facts

1962 Buick Riviera, 1963 MY Series 4700 4747 information summary

What body style?
2 door fixed-head coupé with 2+2 seats
How long?
5283 mm
How heavy?
1901 kg
What size engine?
6.6 litre, 6555 cm3
How many cylinders?
8, V
How much power?
330 PS / 325 bhp / 242 kW @ 4400 rpm
How much torque?
603 Nm / 445 ft.lb / 61.5 kgm @ 2800 rpm
How quick?
0-60 mph: 8.1 s

Buick Riviera models

2 door sedan/​saloon FR 3A 6555 cm3 365 PS 360 bhp 268 kW 1920 kg
2 door fixed-head coupé FR 3A 6969 cm3 345 PS 340 bhp 254 kW 1901 kg
2 door fixed-head coupé FR CVT 6969 cm3 345 PS 340 bhp 254 kW

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1962 Buick Riviera data
bodywork
Body type2+2 seater fixed-head coupé
Number of doors2
DesignerBill Mitchell / Ned Nickles
dimensions & weights
mminches
Wheelbase 2972 mm 117 inches
Track/tread (front) 1524 mm 60 inches
Track/tread (rear) 1499 mm 59 inches
Length 5283 mm 208 inches
Width 1938 mm 76.3 inches
Height 1346 mm 53 inches
Ground clearance 140 mm 5.5 inches
length:wheelbase ratio 1.78
Kerb weight 1901 kg 4191 lb
Weight distribution
fuel tank capacity 75 litres 16.5 UK Gal 19.8 US Gal
aerodynamics
Drag coefficient
Frontal area
CdA
engine
engine type naturally aspirated petrol
Engine manufacturer GM
Engine code Wildcat 445
Cylinders V 8 in 90° vee
Capacity 6.6 litre
6555 cc
(400.011 cu in)
Bore × Stroke 106.2 × 92.5 mm
4.18 × 3.64 in
Bore/stroke ratio 1.15
Valve gear overhead valve (OHV)
2 valves per cylinder
16 valves in total
maximum power output
(Gross)
330 PS (325 bhp) (242 kW)
at 4400 rpm
Specific output
(Gross)
49.6 bhp/litre
0.81 bhp/cu in
maximum torque
(Gross)
603 Nm (445 ft·lb) (61.5 kgm)
at 2800 rpm
Specific torque
(Gross)
91.99 Nm/litre
1.11 ft·lb/cu3
Engine construction cast iron block & head
sump wet sumped
compression ratio 10.25:1
Fuel system 1 Carter AFB carburettor
bmep (brake mean effective pressure) 1156 kPa (167.7 psi)
Maximum RPM
crankshaft bearings 5
Engine coolant Water
Unitary capacity 819.38 cc
Aspiration Normal
Compressor N/A
Intercooler None
Catalytic converter N
performance
Acceleration 0-80km/h (50mph)
Acceleration 0-60mph 8.1 s
Acceleration 0-100km/h
Acceleration 0-160km/h (100mph)
Standing quarter-mile 16.01 s
Standing kilometre
Maximum speed
Power-to-weight ratio 173.34 PS/tonne (1000 kg)
127.49 kW/tonne (1000 kg)
170.96 bhp/tonne (1000 kg)
0.08 bhp/lb
Weight-to-power ratio 7.84 kg/kW
13.1 lb/bhp
fuel consumption
Fuel consumption
universal consumption (calculated from the above)
litres/100km
km/litre
UK MPG
US MPG
Carbon dioxide emissions
Carfolio Calculated CO2 ?
VED band (UK)
CO2 Effizienz (DE)
chassis
Engine position front
Engine layout longitudinal
Drive wheels rear wheel drive  
Torque split N/A
Steering
turns lock-to-lock 5.000
Turning circle
Front suspension I.CS.
Rear suspension LA.CS.
Wheel size front 5.5K x 15
Wheel size rear 5.5K x 15
Tyres front 7.10 x 15
Tyres rear 7.10 x 15
Brakes F/R Dr/Dr-S
Front brake diameter 305 mm
Rear brake diameter 305 mm
Braked area
Gearbox continuously
Top gear ratio 1
Final drive ratio 3.23
general
Carfolio.com ID54142
Production total 37399
Model code 4747
Model family Series 4700
RAC rating 55.9
Insurance classification No information available
Tax band No information available
1962 Buick Riviera added before December 1995.
Last modified 2013-02-28.