John Wheeler wanted to do something a bit different with a '55 General Motors vehicle, so he opted for a Buick. The end result was his slick silver and black Roadmaster Riviera hardtop done in `resto-mod' style.
One of the few mechanical modifications to the car is its rolling stock, a set of 20-inch Foose 5-spoke wheels mounting low-profile 255x45x20 Nitto tires. Standard drum brakes were retained at all four wheels, though.
The factory seats were reupholstered in a beautiful silver and vinyl design by Joel Palacios of Steven Upholstery. Being the top-of-the-line Buick in 1955, the Roadmaster Riviera came equipped with a chrome-trimmed power front seat.
The Roadmaster's stylish dashboard incorporated a series of round gauges along the middle section, topped by a narrow 120 mph horizontal speedomter fitted with chrome end caps and built-in turn signals.
Minus its distinctive oil-bath air cleaner, the 322 cubic inch `nailhead' Buick V-8 remains in all-stock configuration for now. Producing 236 horsepower, it was mated to the super-smooth Dynaflow automatic transmission.
The massive front end of the '55 Buick Roadmaster consists of a huge wrap-around bumper, a wide perforated diecast grille and a set of iconic bumper bullets. Note the turn signals incorporated into the headlight bezels.
Heat and vent controls are incorporated into the rounded lower edge of the dash board, with a chromed grille occupying the center section. Wheeler's three grandsons helped with disassembly and restoration of the immaculate interior.