SEMA 2014: JF Kustoms 1964 Buick Riviera

jf-kustoms-1964-riviera-sideIn every discipline there is a high award or honor that is bestowed upon those who have distinguished themselves from the crowd. Music has the Grammy award, acting has the Oscar award, and physics has the Nobel Prize.

In the world of hot rodding, the Ridler Award is among the most prestigious honors a car builder can receive. It is a moment of great pride and triumph for the shop who beats out all of the other shops and captures the award. In 2014, the Ridler Award went to JF Kustoms for this 1964 Buick Riviera nicknamed “Rivision.”

Make no mistake, this car has had an insane amount of work done to it. It was difficult to get pictures of it due to the perpetual crowd that was studying this car, trying to figure out what’s going on.

Keen-eyed readers will note that the car has the rear glass and trunk of the “boattail” Riviera, which was only offered from 1971-73, and was certainly not available in 1964. This car has had the rear glass and roof from a later Riviera grafted on to it!

The engine is also a study in complexity. There is a 6.2L V8 under the hood, with twin turbochargers mounted in the trunk and fed to the engine with a large copper-colored pipe that runs through the cabin. The extensive plumbing for the tubos led many spectators to incorrectly comment that the car is mid-engined, which it is not. The engine makes 850 horsepower and is connected to a six-speed manual transmission.

The Riviera was originally a four-seater car, but this one has been reconfigured into a two-seater, with the steering column and pedal assemblies extended to meet the driver.

It’s just a completely wild build from every angle. The car was built by J.F. Launier of JF Kustoms in Osoyoos, British Columbia. One article that I read said that the car took three years and 20,000 hours to complete, with an estimated cost of $300,000. Those are some pretty eye-popping numbers for a custom car!

We’d like to congratulate JF Kustoms on their Ridler Award-winning build!