February 12, 2023
AMHERST, N.Y. – Sometimes it’s difficult to remember that not every car back in the day was a top-of-the-line model. Even fewer were like some of the over-optioned base series models we see today. Seeing this 1967 Oldsmobile Vista Cruiser Custom at the 2019 International Station Wagon Club meet brought to mind (for me anyway) a much more basic (non-Custom) Vista Cruiser without the imitation wood trim, as well as the even more basic F-85 and Cutlass wagons which didn’t have the raised & windowed roofline. You can see them below in a couple of brochure illustrations. The Vista Cruisers were more like full-size cars with their 122-inch wheelbase, while the F-85 & Cutlass wagons used the same 115-inch span as the rest of the mid-size lineup of sedans, hardtops, and convertibles.
Jim Corbran, RRofWNY
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