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1990 Buick Reatta convertible


The convertible was a new version of the Buick Reatta for the 1990 model year

In the late 1980s, Chevrolet had its Corvette, Cadillac had its Allante, Pontiac had its Fiero and Buick had its Reatta (interesting, in retrospect, that Oldsmobile didn’t have a two-seater).

Buick unveiled its two-seat coupe in January 1988 at the Los Angeles auto show. The Reatta featured rounded if stubby styling, a luxurious interior and a surprising amount of storage room in locked bins behind the two seats and in the trunk.754617_22255571_1990_Buick_Reatta

The car underwent an interior update when the driver’s side airbag became standard equipment for the 1990 model year, and the update included a new convertible version (the top is manually operated), which brings us to our Pick of the Day, a 1990 Buick Reatta convertible advertised on ClassicCars.com.

“Exceptionally clean and well-cared-for vehicle,” the ad reads. “Loaded with factory options including air conditioning, cruise control, power steering, power windows, power mirrors, leather look steering wheel, power drivers seat, clock, driver airbag, passenger airbag, intermittent wipers, AM/FM, cassette player, center arm rest, hidden headlamps, center console, vanity mirrors, carpeted floor mats.

“The red paint is original, in great shape, and the car has a brand-new tan convertible top,” the seller continues. “The leather interior is in excellent original condition.

“The vehicle has 25,000 original miles and comes with service records showing the fine care it has received throughout its life.”

The ad notes that the car sold new for $35,000. The seller, in Lamarque, Texas, is asking $13,000.

Like all Reattas, the car is powered by GM’s 3.8-liter V6, linked to a four-speed automatic and the front wheels. The car was rated at 18 mpg in town and at 27 on the highway and was a luxury cruiser for a couple.

Buick anticipated producing as many as 20,000 Reattas a year and set up a special assembly facility to build it craft-style rather than on a moving assembly line. But demand never met expectations and production ended after four years and only 21,000 units, of which only some 2,400 were convertibles, which also makes this nice-looking survivor a collectible rarity.754617_22255565_1990_Buick_Reatta

To view this listing on ClassicCars.com, see Pick of the Day.

Larry Edsall
Larry Edsall
A former daily newspaper sports editor, Larry Edsall spent a dozen years as an editor at AutoWeek magazine before making the transition to writing for the web and becoming the author of more than 15 automotive books. In addition to being founding editor at ClassicCars.com, Larry has written for The New York Times and The Detroit News and was an adjunct honors professor at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University.

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