There always seems to be a couple of “needs a bit of work, but in great shape” Reatta’s for sale in my area. Price is usually very reasonable, but I wonder if some parts are a pain to get (why do they seem to be always almost done projects)?
If yes… then a done and complete Reatta might be a great buy… but one needing a dash cluster (or whatever the problem parts are) might be a “run from it” situation?
Reattas are really quite reliable and there is great support from niche providers as far as reman CRT screens, dashes, and body parts, the issue is for just a few grand more (like, literally, 2 or 3 grand) you can get an Allante which is the far-nicer version (all things being equal) that its Buick cousin. I have both. An 89 Reatta and an 89 Allante, both with miles in the 40s and well-preserved. For $4500 I got my 165hp, coarse-but-tough 3800 V6, 15 inch wheels, and cheap interior materials (though the dash design and CRT were actually ahead of their time, kind of like the 80s equivalent of the weirdness of the Toro/Riv/Eldo of 66-67). For 2 grand more, I got way more power in an impressive V8, unmatched Italian styling, Recaro leather seats, an excellent-for-89 sound system, 16 inch wheels, and just a more-solid and luxuriously-appointed car. I have spent a couple grand on each at shop prices (20 year old tires, alternators, the stupid little things). Both of these cars are a bargain as far as what you get in style for the dollar. And one sentence sums it up - most of these cars are dogs now, so you HAVE to do your homework and be patient in your search. I always wanted an Allante and found one by accident that was worth buying. With the Reatta, I thought it was an interesting purchase at absolute max depreciation, maybe worth seeing where the market goes.