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by Adam Lynton
This two-seater Buick was in production for just three years, but has managed to build up a cult following.
Time will tell if the Buick Reatta becomes a collectable classic, but from the looks of things it already has a decent following. When it was introduced in 1988 it came in coupe form, with the soft-top convertible following a couple of years later. It was billed as Buick's modern-era two-seater, yet in 1991 production of both body styles of the Reatta ended. Its platform was shared with the Cadillac Allante, and was essentially an abridged version of the GM E chassis used in the Buick Riviera and Cadillac Eldorado.
The Reatta was also hand-built at the Reatta Craft Center in Lansing, Michigan. Power came from a Buick 3800 V6, with output rated at 165hp and 210lb-ft of torque, with 1991 models getting 170hp and 220lb-ft. The V6 was mated to a four-speed automatic that drove the front wheels. A stand-out feature on the car is the digital dashboard and center console screen, via which the audio, a/c and other functions are controlled. This rare GM model meet took place at the 2012 All GM Show, held at Woodley Park, California last weekend.