Real Wheels: Lima resident loves the body style of his classic 1965 Buick Riviera


By Merri Hanjora - mhanjora@limanews.com



Roche Simmons, of Lima, owns this 1965 Buick Riviera.

Roche Simmons, of Lima, owns this 1965 Buick Riviera.


Merri Hanjora | The Lima News

LIMA — Roche Simmons, of Lima, brought his 1965 Buick Riviera to the Lima Auto Mall Charity Car Show in June.

He has owned the car for two years, “but I looked for it for a long time,” he Simmons.

He is a true car lover, as he owns six other cars.

The reason Simmons wanted a 1965 Buick Riviera was because Buick made that particular body style for one year only. The neat feature is the headlights are hidden behind doors.

Bill Mitchell designed the headlamps for this one-year-only offering.

“It’s hard to find one with headlights still working from this year,” Simmons said.

The name Riviera is Latin for coastline, which Buick chose to make people think of the allure of the French Riviera.

When Simmons purchased the car, he fixed everything that was wrong, including an oil leak. The car has the original interior. The headliner has been changed, and it has new carpet.

Simmons likes to take the car for ice cream on Sunday nights.

Roche Simmons, of Lima, owns this 1965 Buick Riviera.
https://www.limaohio.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/54/2018/01/web1_RealWheels_65-Buick-Riviera.jpgRoche Simmons, of Lima, owns this 1965 Buick Riviera. Merri Hanjora | The Lima News

By Merri Hanjora

mhanjora@limanews.com

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