Today’s Nice Price or No Dice Reatta is claimed to have been garage-kept and straight as an arrow. Let’s see if the value tag on this uncommon and clear basic coupe hits the bullseye.
Now that we’re all deep into Autumn — at the very least these of us within the Northern Hemisphere — it’s time to start out desirous about getting all heat and comfortable to battle off Fall’s chills. When it involves automobiles, there’s nothing fairly as comforting and heartwarming as an outdated Volvo wagon, and we sated our souls with one simply this previous Friday. The 1996 Volvo 850 GLT we checked out wasn’t only a seemingly strong contender, having solely a damaged odometer to sully its general aesthetic, at simply $3,600, it was additionally a fairly strong deal. At least that’s the takeaway from the stellar 85 % Nice Price win you all awarded it.
The vendor of Friday’s Volvo mentioned it had been owned by an aged couple, individuals who clearly had the time and maturity to maintain the automotive tidy and in tip-top form. The identical, apparently, might be mentioned for the historical past of at present’s 1989 Buick Reatta, as its advert claims it to have been “elderly driven” and “garage kept.” Strong work, outdated individuals; you actually are the best technology.
Buick supplied the Reatta from 1988 via 1991 as an offshoot of the corporate’s Riviera private coupe. The Reatta was just a little extra private because it was bought as a two-seater, with the cabin’s rear house allotted for storage cubbies and a trunk pass-through as a substitute of seating. This can be Buick’s first manufacturing two-seater and one among simply 4 two-seat automobiles supplied by General Motors within the U.S. on the time. The others had been Chevy’s Corvette, Pontiac’s Fiero, and the Cadillac Allante.
The Allante and Reatta had different traits in frequent, as they make up two-thirds of a spate of private automobiles — the third being the Olds Troféo — that GM thought can be embraced by the car-buying public. That turned out to not be the case, and all three fashions had been summarily deserted by the early Nineties.
But not all had been, as evidenced by this 115,000-mile Dark Blue over a color-matched leather-based inside instance. It seems to be to be in glorious form, sporting all its trim and badging, in addition to its manufacturing facility five-spoke alloy wheels. Wrap-around home windows supply fishbowl visibility on prime of an appreciably low beltline. That’s accented by pinstripes that carry from the doorways to the trunk lid and down every entrance fender, the place they cease subsequent to a different of the Reatta’s unique-for-Buick options; pop-up headlamps. We love these! All of the panels look straight (or arrow straight because the advert avers), and the paint pops properly.
The cabin is simply as good as the surface, that includes good-looking power-adjustable seats that don’t appear to endure any put on points. Much of the remainder of the inside, together with the dashboard and console, is shared with the modern Riviera, and that features the ahead-of-its-time Graphic Control Center (GCC) display within the sprint. This CRT-based touchscreen controls all the audio, local weather, and journey pc capabilities of the automotive, and it simply doesn’t get any extra ‘’80s than its Vectrex-style graphics. Remarkably, this one appears to be functioning simply superb.
Also working is the pushrod 3800 sitting cross-ways underneath the hood. That makes 165 horsepower and 210 lb-ft of torque and is mated to the usual subject 440T-4 four-speed automated for unhurried and unfussy motivation. According to the advert, the whole lot on the automotive works because it ought to, making it a turn-key basic. A clear title ought to come as no shock right here as effectively.
The asking worth is $5,550, which the vendor claims is “very cheap for a cool classic.” We’ll must be the decide of that. Seeing because the Reatta wasn’t all that fashionable again when it was new, do you suppose it could be extra so now? And in that case, what can we make of this tidy instance and that $5,550 asking worth? Does that appear like a good deal for the automotive’s situation? Or, at that a lot, will this Reatta possible not be reeling them in?
Puyallup, Washington, Craigslist, or go right here if the advert disappears.
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