South Car - Green 1971 Buick Riviera featured on the
police drama DUE SOUTH/CBS/SYN/1994-98. Owned by Chicago police
detective Ray Vecchio (David Marciano), this 1971 Riviera was a
source of great pride (for reasons known only to him). Ray has
been the owner of three such vehicles. He shot and blew up the
first one to save himself and Fraser's (a Mountie) lives at the
end of "The Man Who Knew Too Little," and the second one was
destroyed in a car bomb meant for him (which tragically killed
Det. Louis Gardino in the episode "Juliet is Bleeding").
In the third season episode "Burning Down the House" Ray's car
is destroyed by a bomb when he hits his car horn. Engulfed in
flames, the blazing vehicle was ditched into Lake Michigan. An
excerpt from the episode "Wild Bunch" gives some insight on
Ray's his fondness to his car:
I thought we agreed not to talk about it?
No, of course, of course. The
loss of a loved one is always a shock.
No, I'm sorry, Ray. But I do
understand. You would be hard pressed
to find a finer example of Detroit's automotive
engineering than the
Enough! Okay? Enough. All
right? You took the Riv. You drove it
all over the countryside. You gave it to a
convicted felon. You ran
it into a ditch, and you forced me to blow it up.
You've done enough.
Lives were saved, Ray.
And yours was
spared...I loved that car.
At the end of the episode, Ray was seen running through the
streets at night following after a passing Buick Riviera
shouting "Hey wait! Hey, stop! Police! Stop, stop! Hey, hey!
Stop! Police!...555-2683...555-2683...555-2683! Hey, hey, wait
up!" Ray's car was referred to as a 1972 Riviera in a couple of
episodes. Ray's license plate numbers were RCW-139 and LCV 705.