1968 Buick Riviera vs. 1949 Buick 40
To start off, 1968 Buick Riviera is newer by 19 year(s). Which means there will be less support and parts availability for 1949 Buick 40. In addition, the cost of maintenance, including insurance, on 1949 Buick 40 would be higher. At 7,050 cc (8 cylinders), 1968 Buick Riviera is equipped with a bigger engine. In terms of performance, 1968 Buick Riviera (305 HP @ 5000 RPM) has 157 more horse power than 1949 Buick 40. (148 HP @ 3600 RPM). In normal driving conditions, 1968 Buick Riviera should accelerate faster than 1949 Buick 40. With that said, vehicle weight also plays an important factor in acceleration. 1968 Buick Riviera weights approximately 35 kg more than 1949 Buick 40. So despite on having greater horse power, its additional weight may have an impact towards its acceleration in comparison.
Both vehicles are rear wheel drive (RWD) - it offers better handling in dry conditions; in addition, if you are looking to drift, both vehicles do the job better than front wheel drive vehicles. With that said, do keep in mind that many other factors such as speed and the wear on your tires can also have significant impact on traction and control.
Compare all specifications:
|1968 Buick Riviera||1949 Buick 40|
|Engine Size||7050 cc||5249 cc|
|Engine Cylinders||8 cylinders||8 cylinders|
|Horse Power||305 HP||148 HP|
|Engine RPM||5000 RPM||3600 RPM|
|Engine Bore Size||106.2 mm||87.3 mm|
|Engine Stroke Size||99.4 mm||109.5 mm|
|Vehicle Weight||1900 kg||1865 kg|
|Wheelbase Size||3030 mm||3000 mm|