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80′s Cars

Our Cars: Roger Klein’s Buick Reatta(s)

by Roger on Jan.07, 2011, under 80's Cars, 90's Cars, Buick, Our Cars, luxury cars, sports cars

My Current Reatta Fleet: '88 Keeper, '90 Flipper and an '89 for parts

I have been obsessed with the Reatta since before day one, when I saw my first spy-shot of one in a magazine as a car-crazy teenager. My paltry earnings when the car was finally released coupled with the Reatta’s high price when new made it an unobtainable lust-object. Fast forward 13 years and my income had increased significantly–and obviously the cost of a Reatta had dropped considerably as well. At that point I had been leasing an Audi A6 for about $600.00 a month and woke up one morning and said to myself: “Geez, for considerably less than what I’ve been spending on lease payments I could drive a car that I REALLY love.” I have since dropped out of the 2 or 3-year new car buying cycle with its never-ending car payments and only drive older iron.

My current keeper Reatta is my second, the first being an ’89 that had a string of very bad luck at the end of its life; considering how inexpensive it was to start over with a “new” one it was not economical to refresh the old ’89. I nicked this ’88 Reatta off eBay for $3,800, and it is in near-perfect condition. She’s sporting ’99 Riviera chrome wheels which themselves are a version of the wheels that were exclusive to the Reatta for its final model year, 1991. I had custom centercaps fabricated with “correct” Reatta “R” logos to replace the incorrect Riviera “R” logo’d caps the car had when I took possession of her. I’m probably the only idiot who would notice the wrong “R” there, but what can I say I’m mental. She’s got about 145K on her at present, but that’s far from “used-up” when it comes to Reattas.
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