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One Man’s Hoard of Dozens of Buick Rivieras to Disperse at Auction

Posted November 21, 2016 9:00 AM by dstrohl
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Blame a 1965 Chevrolet for Terry Hodgen’s fascination with the Buick Riviera.

“As the story goes, he bought that Chevrolet new, and the transmission went after just a day, so he took it back and bought his first Riv,” Terry’s son, Mike, explained.

Over the next 50 years, that one sport luxury coupe led Hodgen to amass dozens more, along with plenty of parts and assorted Buick parts cars, and this weekend that collection will scatter to the four winds as Hodgen’s family auctions them all off.

A farm boy by birth, Hodgen moved to the town of Granville, Iowa, in his late 20s and found a former Buick service building from the Twenties to start an automotive repair shop in. A hot rodder by avocation, he had a strong do-it-yourself drive and thirst for speed, so as he spent more time with that first Riviera – driving it as far as Mexico and back on one occasion – he started to collect parts and parts cars to keep the Riviera in service.

Eventually that turned into a pseudo-junkyard of classic Riveras.

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11/21/2016 4:10 PM

I'll bet his neighbors can't wait.

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11/22/2016 7:18 AM

And as the lot was cleared so they could cut the grass in the lot, somebody yelled "We found another one."

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11/22/2016 7:22 AM

IN Junior high, we had what was called Industrial Arts, comprised of Drafting, Wood Woodworking, Automotive (which included machine shop).

As I recall our automotive teacher mentioned, they say the biggest purchase you'll make in your lives is a house, and he said that's not true, It will be your vehicle.

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11/22/2016 12:41 PM

Always liked the fender mounted clamshell headlights.....when they worked.

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