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1991 Buick Reatta Convertible

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1991 Buick Reatta
Make:
Buick
Model:
Reatta
Exterior Color:
Red
Engine:
3800
Price:
$17,950.00

1991 Buick Reatta Convertible with only 1778 miles and all the documents from the original delivery included and the fact that only 305 were built in the final year make this Reatta one of, if not the, nicest and well documented ones in the land. The Buick Reatta was the first car Buick advertised as a two-seater since the 1940 Buick model 46. It was a hand-made luxurious sports coupe produced at the Lansing Craft Centre in Lansing, Michigan and sold by the Buick division of American automaker General Motors from early 1988 to 1991. 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. While a sport compact car, it was only offered with an automatic transmission. It was also Buick's only sports car at the time. The Reatta sported its own unique body style and was crafted with an attention to hand finishing uncommon for a mass-produced automobile. The assembly was performed at a small series of craft stations - each with a specialized team of workers, rather than a conventional assembly line. After a team had completed their portion of the assembly, the car would be moved by robots to the next station in the series. All of the paintwork was subcontracted to PPG Industries personnel - who performed the work on site. Initially offered for 1988 as a hardtop coupe, a convertible version was added for 1990. The Reatta used GM's ubiquitous "Buick 3800" V6 with 165–170 hp (123–127 kW) and 210–220 ft•lbf (285–298 N•m) of torque with the highest output in the last year of production. The car sported a fully independent suspension, 4 wheel disc brakes with ABS, and front wheel drive. Top speed was electronically limited to 125 mph (201 km/h). The Reatta was rated at 18 mpg (13.1 L/100 km) in the city and 27 mpg (8.7 L/100 km) on the highway. Every Reatta included a leather book containing the owner's manual and pen. In 1990 and 1991, a zippered owners folio was included. In addition to the owners manual, it also contained a "Craftsman's Log" with the signatures of the supervisors for the assembly of the car at the various craft stations, a pen, flashlight, and tire gauge, among other items. These slightly unusual items were an attempt to sell the mass-produced car as one built with individual care. The Reatta was conceived during a period in the early to mid-1980s when Buick was marketing higher performance editions of its vehicles (such as the turbocharged Buick GNX). However, midway through the development of the Reatta, GM decided to refocus the brand on a more traditional and mature image that was thought to be more in keeping with its core older buyer demographics. The resulting vehicle had a shape that carried performance car styling cues but provided little in the way of actual high performance. In 1991, the engine and transmission were reworked with the "L27" 3800 and 4T60-E replacing the "LN3" and hydraulic 4T60, along with new 16" wheels, Twilight Sentinel headlight control, and a cup holder. The convertible top in vinyl and features a glass rear window with electric defroster. When retracted, the top was protected by a rigid tonneau cover. The 1991 models were improved with power pull-down motors to assist in tightening the rear bow of the top to the tonneau cover. Don't miss your chance to own a true time capsule today for only $17950

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