The things that should have been. The Reatta was created by Buick when they did not know what they wanted to be. On the one side Buick made the turbocharged Buick GNX on the other side was the Buick Roadmaster. As a result the Reatta had the shape of a performance car but provided little if anything n the way of actual performance.
1988 – 1991 Buick Reatta
The Reatta was intended as a halo car for Buick. It was the first two-seater Buick since the 1940 Buick model 46. It was a handmade luxury sports coupe produced at the Lansing Craft Centre in Lansing, Michigan. Like the Cadillac Allanté, it was based on a shortened version of the GM E platform used by the Cadillac Eldorado, Oldsmobile Toronado and particularly the Buick Riviera, with which it shared many mechanical parts, advanced electronics, and interior furnishings.
The Reatta was powered by a Buick’s 3800 3.8 liter V6 and only offered with an automatic transmission. Horsepower was rated between 165 to 220, with the higher output occurring in the later years. It had a fully independent suspension, 4 wheel disc brakes with anti-lock brakes and front wheel drive. Top speed was electronically limited to 125 mph.
Sales of the Reatta were planned to be around 20,000 units a year. After years of disappointing sales, Buick announced the end of Reatta production in early 1991.
For information on other Buicks, see the post on the 1963-1965 Buick Riviera or the 1965-1970 Buick Wildcat. To find your own Classic Car or to sell your own Classic Car, see the listings in Classics for Sale.