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Do these numbers mean anything to you?

900621.

These are the last 6 digits in the VIN of the last 1991 convertible that was sold to the public.

These are also the last 6 of my recently acquired 1991 convertible.

Just rolled in this morning from SoCal. I will be giving it a full restoration in the coming months.

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It's the last one from the information I've been able to dig up at this time. Who knows, these cars turn up all the time!

It's really in need if some TLC. I haven't gotten the chance to give it a good bath yet, but that is for sure the first step.

It has a bad transmission, but I have one sitting here I can put in it. Or I may do an S/C swap.

I will be repainting it (with white wheels) fixing the transmission, having the seats redone in new leather, plus all the little things.

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Marck,

Nice score there. I'd say there is some historical significance to this car since it was, as you have pointed out, the last 'vert made for retail sale (as it happened, though not pre-planned that way of course). Nice that is was still around in good enough condition to save, and that someone with the means to do so was able to acquire it. If you chose to show it, you should have a sign which points out that it was the last convertible sold, albeit not the last built. I will look forward to updates on this project as you go.

I would also state (though I am showing my own biases in doing so) that it is the "natural" color combo for a Reatta - white over red with body color moldings. This car would fit into my collection quite nicely just on that account.

KDirk

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Marck,

Nice score there. I'd say there is some historical significance to this car since it was, as you have pointed out, the last 'vert made for retail sale (as it happened, though not pre-planned that way of course). Nice that is was still around in good enough condition to save, and that someone with the means to do so was able to acquire it. If you chose to show it, you should have a sign which points out that it was the last convertible sold, albeit not the last built. I will look forward to updates on this project as you go.

I would also state (though I am showing my own biases in doing so) that it is the "natural" color combo for a Reatta - white over red with body color moldings. This car would fit into my collection quite nicely just on that account.

KDirk

Thanks, Kevin! It looks better underneath than it does up top due to the nature if Southern California. No rust, no corrosion, just road grime.

It would fit very nicely in your collection for sure! I probably won't be putting the 16" Park Ave wheels on it like you have on your cars though. I have a set on my '90, but they're staying there. I think this one will look good with a set of white '91 wheels.

Ronnie,

I've been mulling it over for a while, and still haven't decided just what to do. It could all be returned to original for someone looking for a 400 pt car, but I'm almost thinking that the fun if a supercharger would out-weigh the fun of an original car.

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I would fully agree with the white 91 wheels, this would make it a quasi-select 60 clone (and there's nothing wrong with that) save for the body color moldings. Also, it appears to have small remnants of pin-striping (or is that just smudges?) so those could either be rubbed out or re-applied.

While I understand the desire to do a S/C engine on this (especially since the tranny needs to be pulled for replacement) - and this is only my opinion - I think this is one best kept stock due to it's unique place in Reatta history. Of course, it is your car and you paid for it, so it is really none of my business to say what should be done; just making a suggestion.

In any case, it is deserving of being brought back to top condition if only because it is a 91 convertible, which makes it rare enough already. That it holds a unique place in the production history serves to further reinforce that.

Now you need to be on the lookout for the first built 91 convertible that was offered for sale (that is to say not scrapped straight from the factory) and you would have major bragging rights.

For that matter, if you happen into a 91 'vert with tan top/interior that needs a full repaint... well, you know what to do!

KDirk

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It was the next to last 1991 Reatta convertible. It appears on the convertible data I received several years back.

The last convertible 900622 is black and was owned by GM in the Heritage collection until they thinned out the collection in 2008, after that we lost track of 622. See attached page post-30596-143141954087_thumb.jpg

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It was the next to last 1991 Reatta convertible. It appears on the convertible data I received several years back.

The last convertible 900622 is black and was owned by GM in the Heritage collection until they thinned out the collection in 2008, after that we lost track of 622. See attached page <img src="http://forums.aaca.org/attachment.php?attachmentid=198709"/>

That's pretty much what I said in the first place.

Seeing as the last one (900622) was held by GM, that would make my car the last one sold to the public.

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Any way you look at it, owning 1 of the 305 made that year is special (or will be in the future). Having the last one sold to the public makes it even better. Spend the big bucks and put this one back in tip top original condition.

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S/C? Being the last vert I would have expected you would want to keep a unique car like that as original as possible.

while i agree the 3.8 is a great engine i wouldn't call it a desireable engine.i think any reatta with a properly done sc swap would be worth more than a stock car.that being said im staying with the 3.8 because of the gas mileage plus its fast enough for me.[unless it has to come out for some reason].

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Marck, i would strongly suggest that you keep this unique Reatta (last convertible sold to the public), as original as possible!!!

i'm sure your "Studebaker Uncle" would agree. ask him about the Studes - why first and last models are coveted. shoot, most any vehicle with that pedigree are desired by not only collectors, but museums...

if you want to modify a Reatta with a S/C, etc... others in your collection would make a better "resto-mod" candidate than this one.

your car, your choice, your money. :)

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Anytime you are talking 1991 convertibles the numbers get interesting.

There were 109 white convertibles made. 69 had red interior. all had white tops except for 3 that had black tops

Of the 109, there were 13 were donated to tech schools or scrapped.... all 3 of the black top cars were donated/scrapped.

There were only 14 white convertibles with white wheels. Of the white convertibles with white wheels, 5 had red int, 5 had blue, 2 had tan, 2 had grey. Only 6 of the white/red convertibles has the pinstripe delete option. Some cold winter day, I will break it down further.... those with 16 way and CD

My 1991 white/red convertible did not come with white wheels but I had some wheels refinished one year and decided to have them done in white so they ended up on the white convertible.

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That's the nice thing about the foundling. Same colors but I have no issue putting a dark red top onnit & painting code 10 instead of code 40 because it is just a nice rust-free example and nothing special.

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Anytime you are talking 1991 convertibles the numbers get interestion.

There were 109 white convertibles made. 69 had red interior. all had white tops except for 3 that had black tops

Of the 109, there were 13 were donated to tech schools or scrapped.... all 3 of the black top cars were donated/scrapped.

There were only 14 white convertibles with white wheels. Of the white convertibles with white wheels, 5 had red int, 5 had blue, 2 had tan, 2 had grey. Only 6 of the white/red convertibles has the pinstripe delete option. Some cold winter day, I will break it down further.... those with 16 way and CD

My 1991 white/red convertible did not come with white wheels but I had some wheels refinished one year and decided to have them done in white so they ended up on the white convertible.

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Did you buy (and wear) that shirt only for when driving the car? It matches so well. :)

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Congrats on discovering and adding this rare one to your collection Marck. I'm going to have to go with several others and say keep her matching the original dealer window sticker. Did you by any chance get that with the car or the original sales invoice or other paperwork. But hey, if you're gonna change the wheels and if the S/C was an option and you want to add it, gofer it. Again CONGRATS on the discovery.

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Found something odd about this car... Origninally delivered to Ben Niemi Buick in Wittier CA. So you'd think it'd have a California Emissions label on it, right?

Wrong. It's not there. Not under the hood, not on the SPID and not on the window sticker. How did this car get delivered to and sold new in California without being certified for California Emissions?

Strangely enough, my '90 red convertible IS certified for CA emissions. It's a fully optioned early 1990 convertible (first 50 or so I believe) delivered to "BMD Showcars" according to the window sticker.

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Does anyone have any info on Ben Niemi Buick Isuzu in Wittier, CA? I'm looking for some more memorabilia such as dealer plates, badging, key chains, etc. Already have one key chain, just looking for anything I can find.

Restoration is going smoothly Transmission leak is fixed, and now working out the other kinks from it sitting so long.

Does anyone have any insight into how this car was built and delivered new to Ben Niemi Buick in the state of California without being certified for CA emissions? Even the sheet that Barney posted reflects what the car's data shows. Kinda makes you wonder what else slipped by at the end of production.

Also, this car was not driven by the dealer to 3,000 miles (which could get it past the laws there). It was sold to the first owner in Sept. '91 with 81 miles on it. It sat on the lot for 6 months before being sold. Just shows you how badly these cars were hated.

I also have a large 3-ring binder of records with the car. Including a lot of pictures from when the owner bought it new.

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Not hated, just a $36,000 Buick was a stiff pill to swallow in '91 and the "gotta have" market was already saturated. Those who had the money and inclination mostly went for the Allante (more buttons and readouts) or something with a power top.

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Not hated, just a $36,000 Buick was a stiff pill to swallow in '91 and the "gotta have" market was already saturated. Those who had the money and inclination mostly went for the Allante (more buttons and readouts) or something with a power top.

The dealer also let the car go under $30,000. They practically have it away.

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It would be interesting to see information that shows, on average, how much Reattas were discounted off sticker price when they were sold. Ususally, unless it is a car in high demand, the more expensive the sticker price the bigger discount the dealer (with help from GM) will give.

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Buick stopped almost all promotion of the Reatta after 1988. By 1990, Reattas were sitting at dealers looking for buyers. Stan Leslies research shows that 1991 production did not start until the last week of Novermber 1990. That is about 4+ months later than normal. All because there were so many 1990's unsold.

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Buick stopped almost all promotion of the Reatta after 1988. By 1990, Reattas were sitting at dealers looking for buyers. Stan Leslies research shows that 1991 production did not start until the last week of Novermber 1990. That is about 4+ months later than normal. All because there were so many 1990's unsold.

My dad bought our '90 in Nov of 1991. It was sitting in dealer inventory for well over a year. By then, 1992 Buicks were already being sold.

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Better yet, what was the option code for the California only package and a copy of a window sticker showing it would be a great. I have several very rare option/accessories on my 67 Buick, I can document each one, documentation is the name of the game.

Marck, the car looks fantastic. It is my understanding that the white wheels could be ordered in 1991, am I correct on that assumption?

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Question was addressed to Marck and he can surely answer....... my input, 16" white wheels were available in 1991 for $100 but only on white exterior cars. The option code was N60 and should show up on the Service parts label if they were installed in Lansing.

I have a car like Marck's......same colors etc (900552) while getting it ready for the 2007 Plano meet I had a wheel that needed attention. I had 4 wheels and hub caps refinished in white and put them on the car. My car did not come with them but they were an option.

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Better yet, what was the option code for the California only package and a copy of a window sticker showing it would be a great. I have several very rare option/accessories on my 67 Buick, I can document each one, documentation is the name of the game...

It is an inside joke. Marck converted the passenger side to 16-ways using Steves repro 'reverse' bezel. Fun mod.

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