So much to respond to but I don’t want to post a long reply. But as I don't agree with much of what has been written, I'll give you my thoughts.
If you buy a car with the intention of driving it into the ground, good for you. But you’d be foolish not to take into account its (resale) value. You may fall on hard times and need whatever equity is in this investment as cash. You may have a baby on the way and need to upgrade to a minivan. So many scenarios and IMO, if you don’t look at such a purchase with value in mind as part of a deciding factor, then you’ve done yourself a disservice.
As a collector car, the Reatta does have most of the necessary components to increase in value. A short run, even fewer verts made and a limited amount of cars made in various color combinations.; and of course how the car was assembled. I think Barney once mentioned he estimates 67% (approx. 14,000) are still on the road. Should that be, I guestimate 85% of those are rust buckets and/or abused to the point that they should be sitting in Marck’s backyard and be parted out Also, keep in mind of the 110 who participate in this forum regularly, we represent less then 1% of Reatta owners and we, for the most part, have a different ownership mentality then most of the rest.
The argument of too many available doesn’t work (ref: Corvette). The problem is (and I’ve said this time and time again), Reatta owners don’t have a collective voice that speaks well of the car. Corvettes, Allantes, Corvairs, Mustangs, Rivieras – they all have a voice that promotes their brand. Steve feels in 25 yrs (2013-2015), values will increase significantly. Steve also takes medication (OK..just kidding). If the Reatta community is the same now as it will be next year, three years or ten years, Reatta values will either remain stagnant or continue to decrease. This cars value shouldn't DECREASE during spring and summer.
To sum up, why does it appear Reatta values are taking a dive? The car doesn't have an entity that promotes the benefits/desirability of owning a hand crafted luxury coupe or convertible.