1980s z66a

Published on April 10th, 2017 | by BajaBusta


1981: Was this the Reatta Sparkle in Buick’s Eye?

The regime at Buick Division was looking toward the 1984 model year with a sports car of its own in mind.  By that time, the new C4 Corvette, the Chevrolet Camaro, the Pontiac Firebird, and the mid-engine rear drive Pontiac Fiero would all be on the market, leaving Buick to fill a sports/specialty slot for the corporation;  a front engine, front wheel drive 2-seater with a 4-place model as backup for the program.  Buick had started a project like this and then shelved it, but it seemed likely to be revived, based on Buick’s market performance and the two front-drives it eventually had by 1982, the Skylark X-car and its own version of the new J-car.  An all aluminum V6 of less than 3 liters was a likely powerplant for such a sporty car, as were fiberglass, plastic and aluminum for body construction.


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