For sale or possible trade. 1988 Buick reatta, aprox 170xxxmi has the 3800 motor, runs and drives great,. brand new muffler, has very expensive Goodyear blizzak tires, car is in fair to.good condition for age...Less than 60 of these select 60 series were made,, value will continue to raise..,,, the select sixty emblemive seen themwanting over $1000 for alone.... But I have too many vehicles now. has no rust that I can see, paint is fair, but has some clear coat peeling,,. make offer,, needs to go,, will give somebody a great cash deal
The 1988 Select Sixty was unknown until a Mrs. Ladd in Knoxville, TN contacted the Reatta group in 1998 and told us about her car (901116). She had purchased it new and it had the S60 hood emblem. Her story and pictures caused us to investigate what we did and didn't know about the "Select Sixty Dealer" hood emblem. We knew about the emblems and there was speculation that they went on the 1990 white S60's but the few 1990's that were known at the time did not have the emblem, including the one in the GM collection.
Ed Mertz was contacted and this is roughly what he said: the "new" 1988 Reatta build has just started, (the first of Jan 1988), and one of the perks they wanted to give to the 1987 Select Sixty Dealers was add a Reatta to their allotment. The Reatta was in demand at the beginning of production, so this was special. Buick wanted to do something special for the dealer cars but since the assembly line was just getting up to speed, and the dealer meeting was in March, management did not want to interrupt the assembly line with a special car. Not much thought had been put into what they could do "special", so the final decision was to make a Select Sixty hood emblem. The Select Sixty cars were built but the special emblem was not available to put on the cars as they were built.
By the time the Select Sixty Dealer hood emblems arrived, the cars were already being distributed to the dealers, so... the hood emblems were sent to the dealers for them to add to the car.
Tom Payette, a former Buick dealer in Louisville says his car came with the emblem, so there is the possibility that a few of the last built may have been installed at the Craft Centre. Number 901111 went to Louisville but with no dealer name. If the Payette car arrived with a S60 emblem we might conclude that at least all cars between 901111 and 901120 were built at the Craft Centre with the S60 emblem attached. You would think these cars would be much easier to find/identify but of those last 20 cars, only 901115 and 901116 have been verified.
Over the years we have been able to piece together the story with what we have learned about the Select Sixty. Some people believe the emblems were intended for the 1990 Select Sixty and if you think about all we know, logic says no.
As stated earlier, the 1988 cars are almost impossible to identify without some knowledge. Since most of the, up to 61 built, did not get the special hood emblem at the Craft Centre you must search further. My recommendations on verifying one.
If there is an X22 code on the Service Parts label, the car was built as one of the group for the Select Sixty recognition. This code is purely for internal GM tracking/audit but it should be in on the label on Select Sixty cars.