Sitting on the floor of a dealership in Kentucky is a prime example of what Buick considered a halo car in the late 1980s. Buick Reatta It has a fun vintage look and you can buy one that has never been named and has all 11,203 miles on its digital odometer.
The General Motors of decades ago saw its personal luxury cars as flashy and thick coupes of great proportions. Cadillac has Eldorado, Buick has Riviera and Oldsmobile has Toronado. These vehicles were present and metal enough to land a Boeing 747. But that all changed in the 1980s when fuel-economy standards and changing consumer tastes meant the move. to small and high-tech use. The Corvette took a technological leap and Cadillac got the Allanté designed by Pininfarina. Buick gets the quirky Reatta.
The Reatta rides on a modified version of the Riviera’s E-body platform and uses the same legendary Buick 3800 V6, but ditches the Riviera’s blocky body for something more curvaceous and easier on the eyes. little. A Reatta buyer will love a two-person seat inside a vehicle with a novel vacuum fluorescent display that controls many things in the car.
Unfortunately, in four many years of production Buick managed to ship less than 22,000 of them.
These cars are having a bit of a renaissance these days as collectors pass on Radwood-era cars. I have referred more than one Reatta on Dopest . Cars but there is nothing better than this for sale at Herb Jones Chevrolet in Elizabethtown, Kentucky.
As I mentioned before, it has only had 11,203 miles on it, but the dealer says it was never sold or named. I asked the agent to explain it and they told me:
Our owner’s brother chose this car to drive when it was delivered to Herb Jones Chevrolet in 1990. The older brother kept this car until his death in the late 2000s. After he passed away, our owner Mark just kept it in storage until this year when he decided to part with it. Still works instantly and runs and drives great!
I couldn’t find a single rust or piece of worn plastic in this convertible. The digital gauges shine, and its engine bay looks clean enough to eat it all up.
That Buick 3800 is good for 165 horsepower and 210 pound-feet of torque. They are known to last forever (as long as you don’t take it to an incompetent store). Speed is not the name of the game, here, but comfort.
And if you drop on this Reatta, you’re sure to have a good time.
One thing this Reatta doesn’t have is the previously mentioned central vacuum fluorescent display. Some would consider that a drawback, but those screens are known to have some functionality issues and are hard to replace these days. This car with a more basic setup won’t leave you searching for parts that are practically impossible to buy.
Dealers want to let this go for 40,000 dollars. You can buy a used Reatta for as low as $1,500, but none of it will ever be as new as this. And the new owners of this car will have to say that they are technically the first owners.