Posted 20 December 2001 - 02:55 AM
I'd like to make some comments if I may. I'm kind of a lurker right now as I don't have a Reatta, but I have owned over a dozen and still looking at some others.<P>My other cars: I own 10 1968-70 AMC AMXs and one 1970 Trans Am Javelin, some of which I bought in the mid 70s. The similarities between the AMX and Reatta are many-2 seat hardtop not fitting the company image, minot change after 2 years, shared components: Reatta-Riv, AMX-Javelin, etc etc. There are many AMXs still around because they are odd enough people save them. The same will be true of Reattas. I have owned 156 different AMXs over the years and have currently some Platinum class award winners. I used to travel New England buying out dealer obsolete parts so I had a huge stockp[ile of parts to fix my AMXs. The problem with reattas is the dealer inventorey are computerized, so there is not a lot of obsolete parts on the shelf. I had a very hard time finding a new fender for a 90 Reatta in 1995! I waited for ever for the prices of AMXs to go up, and now they are-30 years later. And now repro parts are beginning to show up, but boy are they expensive. And NOS (brand new old stock)parts are hitting the ceiling thanks to EBAY-grills for the 70 at $1,000, steering wheels approaching the same price, Legendary just made interior parts-expensive but has some flaws. The worst part is the vendors want to get the stuff made but the molds are long gone. I have seen some of the wrecked cars people are parting out-it's a shame, because every reatta I owned was totalled and I bought them from an insurance auction and fixed them. Some were hit real hard. But if you part them out, there will be less on the road, so less people owning them looking to buy the repro parts if they ever come out. I looked into making fiberglass parts about 4-5 years ago-fenders, hoods, bumpers, valance, etc. There wasn't a market, but I bet there might be now. These wrecks can be fixed! There were less than 2900 Bricklins made (I've owned 4) and you should see all the repro parts made for them-whole body kits, air door systems, etc. People are actually making a living selling and repairing Bricklins and AMXs. One day there will be reatta specialists repairing and selling these cars. There will be plenty-unfortunatly-cars broadsided or rearended that can't be fixed. but some like that white drunk driver Reatta is not as bad as it looks. Strip the sheetmetal nose off of it, have it pulled at a frame shop and hang anopther nose on it. (Anyone have one for sale? What's the going price?)<P>Just my 2 cents worth, but these are awesome cars and I wish they can all be saved.