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Pick of the Day: 1990 Buick Reatta

A touchscreen ahead of its time


Showing just 9,747 miles on its futuristic digital instrument display, one classic grand-tourer is about as fresh as a nearly 33-year-old car can possibly get.

The Pick of the Day is a 1990 Buick Reatta listed for sale on ClassicCars.com by a private seller in Lake Forest, California. (Click the link to view the listing)

Even though the Buick brand is perhaps best known for its comfy cruisers, between 1988 and 1991 the brand was marketing a hot, two-door, two-seat grand-touring personal luxury car.

The Reatta was based on the General Motors E-body platform. Its power was fed to the front wheels from a transverse 3800 V6, and chassis architecture included a fully independent suspension and four-wheel anti-lock disc brakes. Initially, the Reatta was offered only as a coupe, but a convertible variant (assembled with the help of American Sunroof Corporation) launched in 1990 and continued through 1991. Total Reatta production ended up at just over 21,000 units across four model years.

“This is truly a museum-quality Reatta, and you now have the opportunity to add it to your garage. Take a look at the photos. They really speak for themselves on how absolutely stunning this Reatta is,” the listing states.

The seller also states that the car retains its original paint, floor mats, and interior which are all in good condition as expected from a car with such low miles. Outfitted in Bright Red over Medium Beechwood, the car looks garage-kept, and the accompanying photo gallery supports the car’s stated condition.

One of the most advanced features of the initial iteration of the Reatta (offered only in 1988 and 1989) was a touchscreen computer system, dubbed the Electronic Control Center (ECC). Within that interface were controls for a trip computer, diagnostics information, climate control, radio, and a calendar.

By 1990, that interface had been abandoned in favor of more traditional push-button knobs and switches. However, some new equipment was added that year including a driver-side airbag and an optional CD player (which is shown in this car).

At three decades old, the Reatta retains a strong enthusiast following including a group called the Reatta Owners Journal. This Reatta convertible would undoubtedly turn heads at some of the club’s events.

“This car is in excellent condition and is looking for a new home,” the listing states.

The seller is asking $15,900 or best offer for this museum-grade Reatta.

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

Tyson Hugie
Tyson Hugie
Tyson Hugie grew up in a family of gearheads and enjoys anything to do with automotive and motorsports. He is a contributing editor to Redline Reviews, a YouTube channel with coverage from major auto shows. He also writes for Arizona Driver Magazine and holds leadership positions with a number of car clubs. Tyson has lived in Arizona for 10 years and his current obsession is Japanese cars from the early 1990s which, though hard to believe, are now becoming classics. Tyson can usually be found exploring offbeat and obscure road trip destinations on his blog "Drive to Five," which started as a way to share travel stories and experiences with his now-550,000-mile Acura.



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