Hand Built: 1990 Buick Reatta Convertible – SOLD!

Jun 2020 | Classifinds, Topless Thursday

June 25th Update – we noticed a fresh listing earlier this week for this bright red over tan leather we first featured in mid-December.  Despite using the same description and pictures the seller remained firm on their $7,500 asking price.  That strategy appears to have paid off as we discovered the seller deleted the listing overnight, indicating they sold the car.

In the late eighties Buick management believed the brand needed a two seat personal luxury coupe.  While the Reatta Coupe launched in 1988, 1990 marked the first year of production for convertibles such as the Red over Tan Leather, 66K original mile example in Felton, Delaware where the current caretaker is currently asking $7,500 for it.  The  Hagerty Insurance Online Valuation Tool confirms the private seller has his Reatta priced $1,000 higher than the #3 “Good” estimate of $6,500.  If you are serious about purchasing this Reatta, you can start the conversation by emailing the seller with your name and phone and he will call you back.

While designers originally penned Reatta as a two-seat sports car for Buick, by the time GM’s Bean Counters and Marketing-By-Committee executives had their say, the production car launched as a front-wheel-drive personal luxury coupe targeted towards  older luxury-minded buyers.  Hardly a sports car, Reattas featured Buick’s ubiquitous 3.8 Liter V6 power plant connected to an automatic transmission in a softly sprung front wheel drive platform.

In addition to being hand built by teams of five assembler’s at GM’s Lansing Craft Center, one of the Reatta’s most striking features is its touch-screen system, called the Electronic Control Center (ECC), which was considered to be one of the most advanced interfaces of its day. Remarkably full-featured, ECC provided access to audio, climate control, and trip computer functions, and it even included vehicle-diagnostics functions. In typical GM fashion however, by 1990 Reattas received a less trouble-prone and cheaper to build vacuum-fluorescent gauges just as Buick began offering an ASC-designed convertible version with a manually-folding cloth soft top and glass rear window.

We like this Reatta as the styling has held up very well and while it may not be much of canyon carver, this Reatta makes a compelling luxury alternative for cruising around town.  Good luck with the purchase!

Here’s the seller’s description:

“FOR SALE BY OWNER, MY:
1990 BUICK REATTA CONVERTIBLE………….. LAST CHANCE FOR (reduced) $7500, before I store her for the winter. Vin# 1G4EC33CXLB905161…
Only 66k miles, Red with Tan interior & Top. EVERYTHING works like it should. New A/C Compressor, New ECM Computer, New Ignition Module, New Coil-Packs, New Spark Plugs & Plug Wires, New Tires, Original Rims were removed, polished & re-balanced, Updated Pioneer Radio with remote & New Speakers. Clean Carfax included, Always Garaged, always Maintained, Never smoked in. Went through tough Delaware Inspection, Includes: Both sets of original Keys & Remotes, a Car-Cover, ALL original books, papers, and window sticker… Has the 3800 V-6 Buick engine with Auto Trans, Power everything. She rides smooth & true down the road. Delaware buyer gets the Black Tag. VERY SPECIAL 2-SEATER CAR, only 2130 Buick Reatta Convertibles made in 1990, and 305 made in 1991 (final year for the Reatta). Some est only half of them are still on the road. Price is REDUCED $7500 (cash)… Would not hesitate to drive this Awesome car anywhere (just did a 100-mile road trip last week). WHAT AN GREAT Christmas gift For That special Someone, or yourself….Remember the old saying “IF The Top Goes Down, The Price Goes Up” Would make a very good investment at this price.

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