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1973 Buick Riviera Takes On 1971 Dodge Charger: Video

Packing plenty of size and luxury, the 1973 Buick Riviera isn’t your typical drag racer. Nevertheless, this hunk of classic metal also comes with a plethora of torque under the hood, and now, all that twist is going up against a 1971 Dodge Charger in the following drag race video.

Coming to us from the always-entertaining Cars And Zebras YouTube channel, this video clocks in at a little over 8 minutes and includes a walkaround for both vehicles, a heap of specs, and some racing as well. Skip ahead to the 4:30 mark if you want to jump right into the action, or play the video from the beginning for the traditional C&Z humor and entertainment.

With that covered, let’s jump into the cars, starting with the 1973 Buick Riviera. Hailing from the final model year of the third generation, the 1973 Buick Riviera measures in with an overall length of 223.4 inches, while the wheelbase is 122 inches. Curb weight is rated at a pavement-crushing 5,044 pounds, this 1973 Buick Riviera is certainly not petite by any measure.

Nevertheless, this 1973 Buick Riviera comes equipped with the Stage 1 Package, which adds an extra dash of go-fast goodness to the 455 cubic-inch V8 in the form of a new camshaft, oversized valves, and heavy-duty valve springs, plus 3.23 posi gears. Put it all together, and the V8 is uprated to 260 horsepower and 380 pound-feet of torque. Output reaches the ground through a three-speed automatic transmission, while this particular example was upgraded with 3.42 gears.

So then, what about the Riviera’s rival? Staging in the other lane is a 1971 Dodge Charger, which arrives to the party packing a 440 V8 producing 370 horsepower and 480 pound-feet of torque. A three-speed automatic transmission feeds a set of 3.55 gears, while curb weight is rated at 4,224 pounds, making it lighter than the Buick Riviera, but still quite heavy.

So then, how will this matchup pan out? Hit play to see for yourself:

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Jonathan Lopez: Jonathan is an automotive journalist based out of Southern California. He loves anything and everything on four wheels.

View Comments (3)

  • Surprising result and still lovely to look at. I understand Mitchell didn’t like the way this car turned out. He felt GM’s decision to move the car to a larger platform ruined the design. While it may have originally looked better, it still looks very nice and proves that even a car Mitchell didn’t love is still more beautifully formed than most of what we have today.

  • '73 Is my least favorite of the 3 year design due to the clunky front bumpers and smoothing out of the rear boat tail point. They just aren't that attractive compared to the smoother '71 and '72 models.

  • B425, i agree. Friend of mine had a 71 455 Riv and it was fast for a sled. He use to race another friend with GP 455 and he beat the Riv everytime including the Chrysler and Dodge class. That GP was fast like the Monte Carlo 427 SS.