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Alexander Nikolov

Buick Riviera

Buick Riviera

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The Unconventional Transformation of the Boat-Tail Buick Riviera: From Unpopular to Collectible

When we rewind to the past, the third-generation boat-tail Riviera wasn't exactly stealing the spotlight. Its unique design didn't quite click with the public, leading to a sharp decline in sales for the American manufacturer. Fast forward to today, and the Buick Riviera has transformed into a sought-after collectible, capturing the hearts of many. But how did this remarkable shift come about?


Enter the Buick Riviera: A Captivating Visual Statement

The debut of the first-generation Buick Riviera in 1963 was met with instant success. Its successor, introduced in 1966, continued to ride the wave of popularity. Then came the third generation in 1970, hitting the scene as the 1971 model year. This iteration showcased a striking boat-tail design, a creation of Jerry Hirshberg under the watchful eye of Bill Mitchell. Drawing inspiration from the '63 Corvette Sting Ray split-window coupe, they aimed to translate its essence into a larger canvas for their ambitious project. The car also inherited Buick's signature Sweepspear, a curvaceous trim line running along the car's length, accentuating its exhilarating style.



Artistry in the Form of Buick Riviera

Interestingly, the initial design for the Riviera was intended for a smaller platform. The initial sketches were rooted in this concept. However, when Buick's new general manager, Lee Mays, laid eyes on the plans, he nixed the idea of investing resources in a new body shell. This decision led to an upscale of the boat-tail design, sharing much of its body with the full-sized LeSabre. This is why, from certain angles, the boat-tail Buick Riviera appears somewhat unconventional and distinctive. Think of it like a movie star, exuding its charm from specific perspectives, while keeping a certain mystery from others.

Now, you have the opportunity to own a piece of this captivating narrative without revealing the whole story. Those in the know will grasp its significance at a single glance, while others might simply pass by. Enrich your collection with the artistry captured by the talented photographer Alexander Nikolov, carefully presented as a photo art print by Simply Petrol.

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Alexander Nikolov

The affinity in photography led Alexander to his Master degree in Photographic Arts. Born and raised in Sofia, Bulgaria his main artistic interest is in contemporary art, especially minimalistic photography.

His works were featured in numerous exhibitions and were selected for high-end contests. He relies both on analog and digital cameras for his shoots and sometimes Alexander even grabs his smartphone. You can distinguish his style by the specific collages he creates. In his art, Alexander embeds thoughts and situations of his own. And the car is playing a major role as object of his works.

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To meet our high-quality standards, we rely on the best available printing technology for Fine Art Reproductions and use the industry-leading printing machines made by EPSON.

  • Fine Art Print

    310 gsm · 100% α-cellulose · genuine mould-made paper

    Fine art prints are made on Hahnemühle German Etching - a white, 100% α-cellulose paper for archival standards. The mould-made etching paper features a distinct textured surface. With its premium matt inkjet coating German Etching meets the highest industry standards regarding density, colour gamut, colour graduation and image sharpness while preserving the special touch and feel of genuine art paper.

  • Hahnemühle German Etching® FineArt media
    Clearly defined felt structure
    Museum quality for highest age resistance
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  • Photo Print

    290 gsm · premium luster finish

    Premium heavyweight premium paper with true photographic quality, bright and intense colours, razor-sharp details on the print, extremely broad color gamut, produced in Japan. Multilayer microporous coating guarantees instant ink absorbtion, added UV protection and real water-resistance.

  • Katana Premium Luster 290
    Printed on EPSON SureColor P9000
    UltraChrome HD 8-Color pigment ink
  • Photo Matt

    180 gsm · matt-coated paper

    Premium heavyweight paper, produced in Japan, at the highest industry standards with very good stability of the printed images. Particularly suitable for printing photorealistic quality images with intense colours and uniform matt.

  • Katana Photo Matt 180
    Printed on EPSON SureColor P9000
    UltraChrome HD 8-Color pigment ink

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Frequently asked questions

How long does it take to ship?

Shipping times depend on your location and the shipping method chosen during checkout.

Standard shipping within the EU usually takes 3-7 business days, while air shipping may take longer, up to 7 work days.

Since our prints are made on-demand, production times can vary. On average, it takes about 1-2 business days for production.

What materials are used?

We use high-quality materials to ensure the best possible results.

For fine art prints, we use 285 gsm German Etching Hahnemühle art paper.

Poster prints are typically printed on durable, 180 gsm heavyweight paper with a slight satin finish.

What sizes are available?

Our art prints come in various sizes to accommodate different needs and display options. 

Popular sizes include 20x14 inches, 28x20 inches, and 40x28 inches. 

These prints tend to be on the larger side and are compatible with most ready-to-use frames.

What is your return and refund policy?

We provide a 60-day, no-questions-asked return policy for all print products, unless otherwise specified on the item. To be eligible for an exchange or refund, the products must be in the same condition as when they were received.

If you wish to initiate a return or exchange, please contact us via email. For more comprehensive information, please visit our dedicated Return Policy page on our website

Do you ship internationally?

Yes, we offer international shipping to many countries worldwide.

However, please note that shipping times and customs procedures may vary.

Can I track my order?

Absolutely! Once your print is shipped, you will receive a shipping confirmation email with a tracking number. You can use this tracking number to monitor the progress of your shipment and estimate its arrival date.