Man Converts Four-Hundred Buck Buick Into America’s Best Custom Car

The motto goes ‘One man’s trash is another man’s treasure’, but would you be willing to refinance both your house AND your parent’s house to fund build of your dream car? One man said “Yes” to all of this and set out to build his dream car from a 1964 Buick Riviera. Over six years and 22,000 man-hours were put into creating this one of a kind, fully customized ride and, well, in taking a look below it was definitely worth it. Like it or not, you will not find a 1964 Buick Riviera like it in the world and in 2014, it would become enough to win the coveted Ridler Award for the most creative and innovative custom car at Detroit’s Autorama show.

So why a 1964 Buick Riviera? JF Launier, of British Columbia, Canada, has been in love with them since he was 13 years old. At the age of 21 he owned a pristine white Riviera that he loved, but sold it to begin his first business, a custom car shop in Osoyoos, Canada. After selling his original car and making a successful run of a private business he knew inside of himself that he wanted to own another. What he didn’t know six years ago was how much time and money he would eventually invest into the project.

Mechanic Embraces Competitive Spirit Bringing $400 Piece Of Rusted Metal To Life

Before he had won that prize in 2014, though, JF had been a competitor four separate times at the Autorama. And when JF set off on this mission, six years ago, it all began with a $400 pile of rusted body work and a considerable amount of determination to make this one a winner. Yes, hard to believe that this yellow beauty once was a dilapidated pile of metal. JF found his donor car in a local junkyard in Canada. When he purchased it, the car had no doors, no windshield, no seats, and was riddled with rust spots. But beauty is in the eye of the beholder and with that 1964 Buick, he set to work at his custom car shop.

An Encapsulating Auto-Design

JF didn’t just want a show car, though, he wanted a daily driver that could double as a racecar. “This car is what I sought in a race car. This car is what I wanted in a show car. And it is beyond that in all aspects. I have a drag racing car, I have a road racing car, I have won the biggest custom-automotive award in the world, those three things have never been put together, and I drive my kids to school in it and take them to get ice cream.” His design for the Riviera began with his desire to have a car that could do it all but be unique.

Custom-build-car JF Launier Torque And Tread


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