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  1. I was honored and thrilled to get in touch with Hemmings Motor News -- thanks to @Cargirl -- for a photo shoot of one of my 1991 Reatta convertibles. They will be running a special edition Reatta Buyer's Guide sometime in early 2021. Be sure to keep on the lookout in January or February editions for this special feature.


    Here are some photos I took during the shoot of my car (these are my photos, not the photographer's). This is VIN 900418.





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  2. I’m betting on the Reatta becoming more collectible and valuable with time. I’m 28 years old and have three ‘91 convertibles, all very nice with low mileage, including two consecutive serial number twins. 

    Hopefully, holding onto them (and figuring out storage) for several more years will pay off someday when I sell them!

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  3. That's some very interesting data, Barney, and thank you again for sharing. I would agree with your point regarding dealers, museums etc as these cars can't be tracked by registrations. All of my cars are unregistered as I have a dealer license. I also know John Young has a few 1991 convertibles that are likely not registered as he has a Buick dealership.

  4. 47 minutes ago, Ronnie said:

    Would the fact that it is shown as SCRAP on that sheet make it worth any more or less to collectors?  Seems like it being a unique car should make it worth more but I'm not sure about it being unique because it was supposed to be scrapped.  ???


    That’s a good question- to me I think it is, especially considering the car was used in the electric program at GM. The fact that Buick had planned on it to be scrapped but that in reality it’s an amazing 29,000 original mile car is interesting enough to me that I’d probably pay more for it...curious if others would feel the same. What do you think? There’s a lot of speculation, as Barney has also eluded to, about how many 91 Reatta convertibles are actually out there since so many were listed as scrap or donated, etc. This proves that there are at least a few out there in normal operating condition and being driven/collected.

  5. @Barney Eaton Awesome information! Just the fact that you have it/remember it is incredible. So, in my 900418’s case that you show going to the electric division, was that car listed as scrap? Along with the other three vehicles including Larry’s 434? Just curious as presumably all four were actually sold to employees concluding testing in Buick’s employee lottery. 

  6. 1 minute ago, Ronnie said:


    Seems odd that they would want to use a Reatta convertible as their model for ride and handling since the convertibles had problems with cowl shake. If I recall correctly it was so bad in some of them that they had to scrap the car. Maybe they had the problems worked out in the '91 models.


    Yeah, I have no idea, that’s just what the documentation that I have says. Maybe they were wanting to look at something in particular. They did drive it 16,000 miles, though trying to figure something out! Kind of amazing this car wasn’t ever sold new through a dealer- it went directly to Buick Corporation.

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  7. 19 minutes ago, Barney Eaton said:

    Wherever it was I have a note that says it had 17K  in 1997

    According to my records  900337,  900434, and 900560 were the other cars that went to the "Electric group"   Larry Gustin has 900434

    There were four early convertibles that went to Cadillac 900014, 900015, 900016, and 900017   they were all white with tan interior and tan tops and they have never surfaced


    Yes, Chuck Parry owned it in 1997, that’s when he bought it from Jack Evans. Jack bought it from Ray Spoth, who was a Buick exec that bought the car in a lottery from Buick Corporation. Buick owned the car from new until May, 1994 and their engineers drove the car 16,000 miles. 

  8. I bought this 1991 convertible, VIN 900418 a month ago today to go with it’s twin, 900419, and I finally brought it home from storage! Drove just like a 29,000 mile car should on a hot AZ day.


    This one was one of four test cars for GM’s EV1 program from 1991-1994. It was driven by an EV1 engineer for three years and 16,600 miles as they attempted to model the ride and handling of the Reatta for the EV1 project.






  9. From a collecting perspective, I think both cars attract a similar collector. I’ve had three Allantes in addition to my Reattas, and I really like the Allante overall (certain years/powertrains). 


    Ironically, the guy I just bought my latest ‘91 Reatta convertible from was also selling a ‘93 Polo Green Allante with under 20,000 miles. Allantes came up during casual conversation with his selling agent, and then I learned he also had an Allante craving. Seemed to prove my point! Haha. 


    @B Jake Moran I agree with your point about Allantes in Iowa- I just moved from DSM to AZ a few years ago after being there the first 25 years of my life. I bought an 87 Allante with 41k pearl/red from Stivers out in Waukee they got in on trade. Sold it to a 93 year old collector in Marshalltown who just had to have it. Small world!

  10. Thanks Ronnie, I like the cars because they’re modern and drivable. Having a collection you can actually enjoy I think is really important. I’m drawn to cars with power everything, modern drivetrains and a nice ride - very different than my grandfather’s collection of the ‘30s-‘50s era. 


    His cars sit most of their life while I’m not afraid to jump in mine and go to car shows, weekend cruises, etc. We’re lucky the Reatta offers us this opportunity while we hang onto them as investments. 

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