The 1990 Buick Reatta actually isn’t a bad looking car, if you ask us. For many designs born of the late 1980s and early 1990s (especially from domestic automakers) the Reatta stood out.
It’s hard to stumble upon one of these rarities. Only 21,000 Reattas were hand assembled (?!) between 1988 and 1991. General Motors and Buick always had the idea of the Reatta being the brand’s halo vehicle, and kept production volumes low. Sound familiar?
That’s because Buick is following a similar strategy, albeit with a mass-production convertible from Poland this time: The 2016 Buick Cascada. The Cascada is the first Buick drop-top since the Reatta convertible, and we’re happy to report it’s a fine daily-cruiser.
The Reatta was liked by much of the Motor Week staff all the way back in 1990, and proved capable in both luxurious cruising, and in performance, hustled by the now iconic 3800 V6 engine.
One fun talking point we stumbled upon? The Reatta’s convertible option cost $6,700 more than the coupe, bringing a final price to around $35,000 in 1990. Pulling out the handy-dandy inflation calculator shows that’s nearly $64,000 in 2016 money. In comparison, the 2016 Buick Cascada has been priced at $33,990.
So, take a step back in time with us, and take a look at life before Cascada.