Buick's only production two-seat convertible -- the 1990 Buick Reatta -- was a here-today, gone-tomorrow misfire. Only 2437 were built, so the ragtop Reatta has already become a prized collector car.

1990 Buick Reatta
The 1990 Buick Reatta is today a prized rarity.
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Buick's only production two-seater died after just four years (1988-91) and 21,850 copies, which was about what Buick expected to sell every year. Most Reattas were coupes, but the 1990-91 convertibles are now prized rarities with respective runs of 2132 and just 305.

 

1990 Buick Reatta
The 1990 Buick Reatta featured numerous standard luxuries.

The Reatta was basically Buick's "redownsized" 1986 Riviera cut to a 98.5-inch wheelbase. It was just as heavy, however, thanks to numerous standard luxuries and an identical front-wheel-drive powertrain comprising a 3.8-liter V-6 and four-speed Turbo-Hydramatic. Styling was unique and clean, but also quite conservative, and the convertible's manual top (with no power option) seemed mean for the initial $34,995 base price.

What sealed Reatta's fate was a fast-worsening cash crisis that forced General Motors to dump slow sellers, including Cadillac's similarly conceived Allante (1987-93). Happily, the Reatta has already carved a secure niche as a modern collectible Buick, and there's justice in that.

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