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Buick Reatta, Classic Cars, Coupe, Convertible
#79 of 108 Re: Saw one of these a few weeks ago [british_rover]
by Mr_Shiftright HOST
Mar 31, 2011 (10:30 am)
You'll still see a few bangin' away out there but I think the Reatta will soon be extinct on our roads---nobody is really restoring them, so as they age, they get junked and that's that.
#80 of 108 Re: Saw one of these a few weeks ago [Mr_Shiftright]
Mar 31, 2011 (10:42 am)
I always kind of liked them but yeah they are way oddball and will probably fade away in a few more years. I am sure the drive train from a later SSEI supercharged Bonneville or other H-Body would fit without too much trouble. That would at least make it a fast interesting oddball coupe. The suspension would probably bolt in too I know it did with my 1989 Bonneville.
#81 of 108 Re: Saw one of these a few weeks ago [british_rover]
Mar 31, 2011 (10:52 am)
A "special interest" car. Those things could be had with the weird 80s GM style high tech dash, right?
The dopey ineffectual principal I had in high school drove one of those.
Nice to see you round here again.
#82 of 108 Re: Saw one of these a few weeks ago [fintail]
Mar 31, 2011 (11:07 am)
Yeah I think they had digital dashes and maybe even the early HUDs in some of them.
I am sure that is mostly broken in those cars by now. Maybe the HUDs would still work those seem to last as long as the windshield is replaced with the right type.
I have been around but been busy with the house, trying to keep up with work stuff and a toddler now so haven't been posting in most of my usual forums.
#83 of 108 Re: Saw one of these a few weeks ago [fintail]
Apr 01, 2011 (7:28 am)
"The dopey ineffectual principal I had in high school drove one of those."
Ugh! Did you ever notice how just seeing one undesirable person driving a particular car could ruin the image of a vehicle for you? You start thinking, "If a guy like him drives that kind of car, I sure as heck don't want one!" Your description makes me picture Principle Skinner from "The Simpsons" in a Reatta.
#84 of 108 Re: Saw one of these a few weeks ago [lemko]
Apr 01, 2011 (8:51 am)
Ugh! Did you ever notice how just seeing one undesirable person driving a particular car could ruin the image of a vehicle for you?
Exactly. That's why I hate the Ford Tempo to this very day...my stepdad used to have one! But, I can easily find reasons other than that to not like the Tempo.
#85 of 108 Re: Saw one of these a few weeks ago [lemko]
Apr 01, 2011 (3:06 pm)
My old principal was pretty much a shorter heavier version of Skinner.
But at least he wasn't an arrogant jerk like some. His lasting impression on me is the Reatta.
As I am a nut, I can remember many teacher's cars going back to second grade (77-79 T-Bird)
#86 of 108 MY OLD BOSS...
Apr 01, 2011 (3:53 pm)
My old boss bought a Reatta when they 1st came out. He had purchased a couple of Buicks over the years from a local dealer and, while at the dealership one day, saw a Reatta come in off the delivery truck. He had to beg the manager to let him buy it - - - "I've bought 3 Buicks in the last 6 years and I deserve to get that car!". He had to pay full price.. I think it had a 170 HP which wasn't bad in the day...he had to sell it a couple years later due to some unforeseen financial issues...probably got out while the gonig was still "good". I never could tell if he liked it or not - - he drove like a little old lady despite old stories about his 390-4v Mustang and a Bugeye Sprite he had back in the 60's. I thought it was a pretty neat car but what did I know - - I still had a Pinto!
#87 of 108 Time to liven up this topic!
Jun 05, 2011 (7:40 am)
Bought a Reatta yesterday out of the blue!
Pick it up tomorrow....more later!
#88 of 108 Re: Time to liven up this topic! [isellhondas]
Jun 05, 2011 (10:38 am)
We want pictures! Congratulations! Hope you enjoy your new/old ride! Did you get a convertible or the coupe?