Welcome to the second installment of will it be a Classic or Not?
It’s an ongoing series where I’ll bring up the question of whether the car shown will eventually become (or already is) a classic and you can either give a simple yes or no answer or answer however you want. Feel free to speak your mind!
Today, the car in question is the Buick Reatta. It was hand made at small craft stations in Lansing, Michigan by GM starting in 1988. It was the first 2-seater Buick offered since 1940.
While Buick called it a sport compact car, it was only offered with an automatic transmission, but it did have a fully independent suspension, 4-wheel disc brakes, and a 3.8L V6 under the hood. Initially offered as a hardtop coupe, a convertible was added in 1990.
In the first few years, the car had a touch screen interface that controlled the radio, climate control, and it displayed all diagnostic codes, a date reminder, a trip computer, and a user-configurable “overspeed alarm.” This all proved too futuristic at the time, most buyers couldn’t figure out how to use it and was replaced with push button controls. Other futuristic features included keyless entry, 16-way power seats, cd player, and airbags.
An owners portfolio which contained a “Craftsman’s Log” with the signatures of the supervisors for the assembly of the car, a pen, a flashlight, and a tire gauge was added in the later years.
In 1988 there was a special edition model called the “Select Sixty” (actually on 55 built) which went to the top Buick dealers in the U.S. These cars were all painted black and had tan interiors and had Select Sixty hood emblems. 2-years later, the Select Sixty program was run again (65 cars built this time) with all white convertibles, flame red interiors, white bucket seats, 16” white wheels, and the special emblems.
Buick hoped for 20,000 Reattas to be sold a year but sales were extremely disappointing and production of the car ended in 1991. Over the 4-year span, just over 20,000 total cars were sold.
Although the Reatta cost GM a fortune to produce and had low sales, it’s a fairly rare car. So what do you think, will it be a classic or not?
It’s Cool in the Shadows
When it comes to American muscle, there’s nothing like a classic MOPAR, and this jet black ‘73 Plymouth Duster 340 made my Saturday morning, even though it’s relatively small in muscle territory.
This example had all the right stuff, hood scoop & pins, a vinyl top with sunroof, and it even had Twister badges which makes me think this is a restomod because the Twister package came with the 318 V8 as the largest engine. Either way, this car is badass.
Wish I could have seen under the hood and heard it start up and drive away but the driver didn’t come back while I was there.