Weekly Treasure: 1989 Buick Reatta

Typically, it was the Japanese automakers that were playing with this type of advanced tech, but GM wanted the Reatta to be different. And so it was. In fact, it was built on a special assembly line in Lansing, Michigan, where each station had a specialized team of workers assigned to specific tasks.

Built on a shortened version of GM’s E-body platform, which also underpinned the Oldsmobile Toronado and Cadillac Eldorado (remember those nameplates?), the Reatta is front-wheel-drive only and has a transverse-front engine design. Power comes from a naturally aspirated 3.8-liter V6 with up to 170 horsepower and 220 lb-ft of torque, and a four-speed automatic transmission. Other standard features include a fully independent suspension and ABS brakes.

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