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Autotrader Find: Mint-Condition, Low-Mileage 1991 Buick Reatta

The vehicle pictured above is a 1991 Buick Reatta. For those of you who don’t know the Reatta, it was a sporty little coupe (and, later, a sporty little convertible, like this one) driven primarily by Buick dealership owners and their spouses, because Buick couldn’t find buyers for these things back in 1991. But some people preserved them, in excellent condition, thinking they might have value to collectors one day — and this is the best-preserved Reatta on Autotrader.

Before I get into the details on this car, a little background on the Reatta. The Reatta was an attempt to make Buick seem a little sportier, and younger, and cooler than Buick had been in prior years (sound familiar?). The Reatta was sold from 1988 to 1991, with convertible models sold only in 1990 and 1991; all were powered by a 3.8-liter V6 mated to a 4-speed automatic transmission.

Although the Reatta’s styling and market position were its most obviously unusual characteristics, it also had some gems inside. For instance, early Reatta models used a tremendously rudimentary version of a center touchscreen — back in 1988! There was also a remote-operated glovebox, keyless entry, an airbag (beginning in 1990) and a “Craftsman’s Log,” which was a little book signed by supervisors at the factory where the Reatta was built. Buick intended the Reatta to be a “halo car,” with around 20,000 annual sales, but interest was low and sales totaled only 21,000 in four model years on the market.

But anyway, back to this Reatta. This particular example is a convertible, which means it’s a later Reatta — and so, unfortunately, it doesn’t have the center touchscreen. It’s finished in white with a red-leather interior, and it’s offered by a private seller in the suburbs of Denver with 34,000 miles and an asking price of $21,900. The Carfax report seems to show it was sold new in the Chicago area, but rarely driven, and that it’s only covered about 4,000 miles in the last seven years.

If you’ve been looking for that perfect Reatta, well, here’s your chance. Find a Buick Reatta for sale

Doug DeMuro is an automotive journalist who has written for many online and magazine publications. He once owned a Nissan Cube and a Ferrari 360 Modena. At the same time.

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  1. When I was in high school I remember getting a floppy disc in the mail to use on my family’s Macintosh computer that was a digital brochure for the Reatta. You could virtually play with the touchscreen and other stuff that was very cool to me at the time (and it really showed off / took advantage of the Mac’s graphics capabilities at the time vs. the PC).

    Clever marketing by GM to reach a younger audience, although I was not their target demographic! 
    *Just remembered that my dad would have gotten this in the mail because he had previously owned an ’86 Buick Century before moving on to Volvos.
  2. Pretty freaking cool. I’d rather have a Toronado Trofeo of the same vintage, but I don’t know if I’d pass this up had it been like $10000. 

  3. And this one is a limited edition “Select 60” model. Only given to the top 60 Buick dealers in the US (If I remember correctly)

    I’m probably wrong

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