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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
Make Buick Buick
Model Riviera 40
Year Released 1968 1949
Engine Position Front Front
Engine Size 7050 cc 5249 cc
Engine Cylinders 8 cylinders 8 cylinders
Engine Type in-line in-line
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
Fuel Type Gasoline Gasoline
Drive Type Rear Rear
Vehicle Weight 1900 kg 1865 kg
Wheelbase Size 3030 mm 3000 mm


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