By on April 22, 2013
Can you possibly imagine Bill Mitchell driving that thing with wings below?

In 50 years we’ve gone from this…

At the 2013 Shanghai Auto Show, Daimler used the occasion for their smart brand to introduce what they say will be “an extremely limited special edition” street legal production version of the smart fortwo by fashion designer Jeremy Scott known as the smart forjeremy, first shown as a concept at the Los Angeles show late last year. Also at this year’s Shanghai show, Buick introduced their latest Riviera concept, a product of GM’s Chinese design studio. 2013 is the 50th anniversary of the first Riviera, introduced  on October 4, 1962 as a 1963 model.

I'm surprised it's not crossmarketed with Red Bull

… to this

I generally don’t care what I drive as long as it gets me there. However, if I had to pick between the smart forjeremy (isn’t that name just so twee? But then so’s the car) and my Litespeed, unless it was a life or death situation, I’m riding my bike. Besides, the John Varvatos Chrysler 300C is much more my style. Hell, a Bill Blass Lincoln Mark V is more my style than a smart forjeremy even if it is the automotive equivalent of a blue blazer with white shoes.

Discuss amongst yourselves.

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25 Comments on “One Of These Things Is Not Like The Other...”

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    from tailfins to tailfeathers.

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    I thought the Smart was already so dorky looking that nothing could help or hurt it. Guess I was wrong.

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    Who keeps buying these things? Seriously. I see more at the auction lanes going through red light or with disclosed tranny issues than on the road anymore…

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    That Riv is gorgeous.

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    Jeff S

    63 Rivera my favorite year for Rivera and one of my favorite cars. Another favorite was the 63 Grand Prix. Both were works of art.

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    The “Smart” looks like tennis shoe and for the reported $45K that it’s going help some fool part with, it better come with a glovebox full of something white and powdery that will make me very happy to drive it.

    On the other hand is the stuff dreams are made of. In October of 1962 our neighbors got a silver/gray 1963 Riviera with black leather interior. An awesome automobile that impressed me so that I looked forward to school when it was their turn for the carpool. At 18 I bought a 1969 Riviera which still ranks high as one of the best cars I ever had

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      Kyree S. Williams

      That’s my favorite body-style of all of the Rivieras. I also like the eighth (and final) generation Riviera, which lasted from 1995 to 1999.

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        Yeah, Buick was trying to get its mojo back with that last Riv. My dad had one – very nice except for the interior, which was beyond craptastic. I think that probably killed most sales for the car.

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          I’ll admit to buying an ’86 in hopes of finding some lost glory. At first I thought I was close, the car was great compared to other cars at the time.The touchscreen controls were cutting edge technology at the time and was the only thing that worked without issue until the end. Then at about 30K miles it systematically began it’s decent into self-destruction and by 50K miles I couldn’t trade it fast enough

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    50 years ago it wasn’t shameful to just own a car, it was a time when wrenching on this or that was fairly common and 30mpg was witchcraft, but people didn’t have to be preached about a cars lap times at the Ring nor told how little their hybrid pollutes (once its built), they demanded honest but cars after the overstyled messes from the 50’s, they weren’t ashamed to be seen in a station wagon nor a sedan, and VWs didn’t look like clones of one another.

    These days a car has to look vaguely capable of off-roading orand racing, they’ll last for 8 years with no maintenance, it has to feature tweeting and youtubing on the go or its under equipped, it has to “project an image” of its “hip, smart, trendsetting urbanite” driver, it has to have a variant for everyone (MINI, Porsche, etc) and at the end of the day no one will ever want to talk cars with you.

    Now about that MINI I was selling you, would you like 4-doors or 2? Raised an inch? How about a Mini Cooper with the front end of the 4-door raised variant? How about one with a baseball cap roof? Don’t worry, they all use the same 3 engines and platforms.

    Oui, rant over.

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    All generations of the Riviera had something to recommend them (well, maybe not the downsized ’86). It’s a shame that consumer tastes shifted away from personal luxury coupes, rendering the domestic examples extinct. Maybe the CTS Coupe is a spiritual successor to the ’63 Riv in some ways, but it’s still smaller and chunkier than I’d like.

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    That Riviera says when I get out, you know my shirt will be perfectly ironed.
    The smart says, I’m wearing a banana hammock.

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    My dad fell in love with that Riviera [ours was a silver ’64], and kept it in the family for over 30 years before the time came to sell it. It was my first car during high school in the ’70’s, and will always be my first automotive love too. [No love in the back seat though – it had four bucket seats!] It was the first in my long line of silver coupes, culminating with my current A5.

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    my name is jeremy and that is definitely not ‘for’ me

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    Volt 230

    Instead of samrtforjeremy it should be smartforsteviewonder, at least he can’t see that atrocity!

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    Chipper Carb

    The wife and I were out for a Sunday cruise in the Cordoba yesterday. Driving through town we came up behind a ’72 Riviera and I had forgot how beautiful cars used to be. It was a nice view of the rear until he stopped at Autozone:(

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    Isn’t EVERY smart fortwo extremely limited?

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