1977 Riviera Citrus Heights CA

1977 Citrus Heights CA


Key Information

  • Ad Source: Craigslist
  • Location: Citrus Heights, California
  • Model Year: 1977
  • Model: Riviera
  • Miles: 4K (Rebuilt)
  • Engine: 1600cc
  • Asking Price: $6,750
  • Seller Type: Private
  • Contact Info: Jacob @ (916) 606-8507


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I have a 1977 VW Riviera “Weekender” hardtop camper van for sale. Great for day trips or camping, this bus features a full width 50/50 split folding rear seat (very roomy) and an additional jump seat (both with storage space underneath) as well as a full height closet — so there is plenty of room for all your camping gear, etc. This bus has been retrofitted the proper way in order to install a Type 1 engine, and has all of the correct components to accomplish this conversion and maintain performance. The Type 1 engine is more reliable and significantly easier to work on than the stock Type 4 “pancake” motor that came with the bus. The engine itself is a beautiful, nearly new 1600cc (specs below) built by Gervais Engine and Machining (gemvw.com), a prominent air-cooled VW engine builder in Southern California. This bus is a real head turner and commands a lot of attention everywhere it goes, thanks in part to the eye-catching, lightly patina’d Sage Green/Pastel White paint and the iconic 70’s styling. This bus fires right up every time, runs and drives great, and is looking for a new owner who will appreciate everything it has to offer and enjoy it for many years to come. I am asking $6750 or best offer for this camper. Think of it as an investment in German steel as these are increasing in value every year. Please do not hesitate to contact me with any questions, etc. More photos are available upon request.

**International/out-of-state buyers welcome. I am happy to assist with shipping either out-of-state or overseas. The bus can be stored for a reasonable amount of time at no additional cost while you arrange for transport.**


•1600cc Type 1 engine conversion — approx. 4,000 miles on “Turnkey” engine from Gervais Engine and Machining with the following specs:
-New Heads.
-EMPI 34 EPC Dual Carburetors.
-New 009 distributor.
-New alternator.
-New chrome fan shroud.
-All new chrome accessories/trim pieces.
-Creative Car Craft Type 1 engine “tin”.
•4 speed manual transmission — shifts well through all gears.
•EMPI trigger shifter — for super simple reverse operation.
•Front disc brakes.
•195/75R14 Wildcat Radial LT tires with good tread and an aggressive tread pattern. These are larger than stock, lowering RPM’s on the highway.
•Wired for stereo/speakers front and rear.
•Walkthrough model.
•New reproduction kick panels.
•Recently upholstered door panels.
•Original front rubber floor mats in good condition.
•New carpet.
•Original camper converted by ASI (Automotive Services Inc.) in Vancouver, Washington and distributed by Riviera Motors based out of Beaverton, Oregon. Features include:
-50/50 split folding rear seat that converts into a full-width bed with storage space underneath.
-Rear jump seat with storage underneath.
-Closet behind driver’s seat.
-Sliding side windows with screens.
-Nose mounted spare tire with brand new spare tire cover.
•Overall, a very rust free bus with super clean rockers, doglegs, jack points, floors, wheel wells, undercarriage, nose, rain gutters, window sill, etc.
•The bus is almost 40 years old, however, so it is not without faults. Here is a listing of some areas which could use some work/are not perfect:
-Rear seats/bed could use upholstery work. I currently have them covered with some nice blankets and I think it looks pretty good and is completely functional.
-Some rust in the battery tray/rear corner and some assorted surface rust including the bottom of the doors (has been primed over).
-Looks to have had some repair work done under the windshield at some point.
-Has been repainted in the original factory colors at some point and has had some touch-up painting. The paint was not the greatest job and shows wear in some areas, as you can see in the photos.
-Dent near driver side rear wheel well.
-Rear bumper has been tweaked a little.

California Buyers: Due to the engine conversion, this bus is unable to be smogged and registered in the state of California as it sits. California buyers would have to source and install a proper Type 4 engine as well as all smog equipment in order to pass smog. If you have the parts and capability to do this, great! Or, perhaps you have a residence or relative out of state where you could register it to avoid this problem. That is entirely up to you. I am unsure of the laws in other jurisdictions, but please check the requirements where you live. Bus is sold with a clean Oregon title and a Bill of Sale to establish chain of custody for DMV purposes. This bus will be sold “as-is, where-is” and the buyer accepts all responsibility.

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