The Reatta featured twin bucket seats with a storage area behind the seats featuring two lockable bins and a lockable access hatch to the rear trunk. At introduction, options included 16-way power seats in lieu of 6-way power seats, side moldings in either black or body color, and pinstripe delete. A sunroof became optional in late 1988, and in 1989 keyless entry was added as a standard feature.
Initially (1988-89), the Reatta featured a touchscreen computer interface, marketed as the Electronic Control Center (ECC), that included radio and climate control functions, date reminder, trip computer, user-configurable Overspeed alarm as well as diagnostic access to the vehicle’s electronic systems and sensors. Later models were equipped with conventional push-button stereo and climate controls. The new system eliminated trip computer functionality and the climate control buttons could access diagnostic information, replacing diagnostic scanner capability formerly provided by the touchscreen.
In 1990, the interior was redesigned, adding a driver’s airbag and an optional CD player. In 1991, the «L27» 3800 engine and 4T60-E transmission replaced the «LN3″ and hydraulic 4T60 units and the Reatta received a new ABS system, new 16» wheels, automatic headlamps and a cup holder built into the armrest.[original research?]
Each Reatta included a leather book containing the owner’s manual and pen. In 1990 and 1991, a zippered owner’s folio was included holding the owner’s manual, pen, flashlight, tire gauge as well as a «Craftsman’s Log» with the signatures of the supervisors for the car’s assembly.
In 1988, approximately fifty-five examples were designated «Select Sixties» and allocated to Buick’s top sixty. The models, internally designated model X22, featured a black exterior, tan interior, and unique special Select Sixty hood emblem.
In 1990, the Select Sixty program was repeated, as sixty-five white convertibles including special emblems, and a flame-red interior with white bucket seats, white 16-inch wheels, and cup holder.
Buick Reatta — обзор автомобиля
Buick Reatta / Бьюик Риатта
Мелкосерийный купеобразный автомобиль Buick Reatta выпускался непродолжительное время с 1988 пo 1991 год. Модель использует ту же бaзу GМ E, что и полноразмерный седан Buick Riviera, однако для первой платформу укоротили и внесли заодно другие адаптационные изменения. Сборка Buick Reatta проводилась не на обычном конвейере вместе с другими автомобилями марки, а нa специальной станции группой компетентных работников. Дизайн Buick Reatta выдержан в характeрном для модeлей 90-х угловатом стиле, необычная 2-местная компоновка кабины, непропорционально длинный капот и укoроченные задние свесы придают ему оригинальный стремительный вид. Особенностью это купе также были выдвижные фары передней светотехники и продолговатые габаритные фонари.
В салоне Buick Reatta были установлены спортивные ковшеобразные сидeнья с поддержкой, за которыми располагалась компактно обустроенная зона хранения ручной клaди и два запираемых бокса. Кроме того, имеется большой багажный отсeк с удобным доступом. Первые Buick Reatta оснащались инновационным центром управления (ECC) с сенсорным вводом, функционал которого объединял климатическую установку, бортовой компьютер, сигнальные оповещения о превышении скорости, а также диагностические возможности. На более поздних моделях сенсорную систему сменили традиционные кнопки. В 1990-м году автомобиль модернизировали, добавив подушки безопасности, ABS, CD-плеер, новые колесные диски, автоматические фары. Каждый Buick Reatta комплектовался кожаной книгой с инструкцией по эксплуатации и фирменной ручкой.
Assembly at the Reatta Craft Center was performed at a series of stations each with a specialized team of workers, rather than on a conventional assembly line. After a team had completed their portion of the assembly, the car would be moved by robots to the next station. Paintwork was performed on-site under subcontract to PPG Industries.
The Reatta used GM’s transverse «Buick 3800» V6 with 165–170 hp (123–127 kW) and 210–220 lb·ft (285–298 N·m) of torque with the highest output in the last year of production. The car sported a fully independent suspension, 4 wheel disc brakes with ABS, and front-wheel drive. Top speed was electronically limited to 125 mph (201 km/h). The Reatta was rated at 18 mpg (13.1 L/100 km) in the city and 27 mpg (8.7 L/100 km) on the highway.
The Reatta was intended as a halo car for Buick with projected production of 20,000 units a year. GM announced the end of production in early 1991.
Designed as a halo vehicle for the entire Buick lineup, the Reatta
is one of the most interesting American cars entering into classic
car status. With a strong and reliable powertrain borrowed from the
Riviera, an agile all-independent suspension, and a sporty two-seat
body full of every luxury option Buick could come up with, it
really is a terrific driver’s car. This 1988 example is a nicely
presented coupe from the first year that launched the Reatta.
Workmanship is very good, because it was built at a factory
specially set up by GM to build these low volume personal luxury
cars. In fact, while General Motors is known for mass production,
this Reatta can almost be considered hand-crafted. So something
this carefully made looks great in a pristine white. The swoopy
design with folding headlights and a very cool wrap-around
greenhouse is still handsome today. It’s so unique that people will
guess a value several times the asking price — a tribute to the
car’s styling and presence. Of course what really helps on this
coupe is that it has been treated as a special car since day one.
Averaging around 1,000 miles a year, it shows signs of being
enjoyed, but not even the special Reatta five-spoke alloy wheels
have seen the wrong side of a curb.
Low mileage means less seat time, and so the burgundy leather
interior shows far less wear than you’d expect for its age. The
great-looking bucket seats are power adjustable so you can make
them armchair comfortable. Almost everything was standard in the
Reatta, including power windows, power locks, tilt steering column,
and cruise control. Your air conditioning, AM/FM/cassette stereo,
and information on the car are all controlled through a touchscreen
display in the center of the dash. Yes, you can get factory
touchscreen controls in a car from 1988!
One of Buick’s most durable and well-developed engines, the
fuel-injected 3.8-liter V6 is torquey, efficient, and reliable. The
motor in this Reatta is original and unmodified, so it starts
instantly, idles easily, and drives as it should. It shows all
signs of proper maintenance, so you have a true gem under the hood.
The Reatta was meant to be Buick’s Mercedes SL competitor, so on
the road it feel confident with even a little hint of a sporty
exhaust. The four-speed automatic transmission with overdrive,
fully independent suspension, and four-wheel disc brakes makes this
a great car for long hauls or fun weekends on the backroads.
This Reatta is a true collectable with less than 22,000 produced in
total, and only around 4,700 examples were built in 1988, its
inaugural year. So for those looking for a complete classic on a
budget, your extraordinary Buick awaits. Call today!!!