What's Wrong With This Picture: Vista Bruiser Edition

Edward Niedermeyer
by Edward Niedermeyer
what s wrong with this picture vista bruiser edition

As tipster starbird80 notes, “you see the strangest things on eBay!” But a Vista Cruiser Coupe (or is that a shooting brake)? Surely not…

Strangely, the $5,000 reserve was not met… meaning it might not be too late to make this piece of history/homemade hack-job yours.

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  • Porschespeed Porschespeed on Mar 08, 2010

    @Starbird, There were a few factory 455 W30 Vista cruisers. Don't remember how many, but I think it was less than 10. But, they really did make them.

    • Starbird80 Starbird80 on Mar 08, 2010

      The particular example I'm thinking of was a factory 455 with 4-barrel (thus the Rocket designation) but didn't have the W30 package. The seller noted he'd put the hood on himself for looks, and still had the original hood. Those factory W30 455 VCs may have been limited to the ones built as support vehicles for the Indy 500, as companions to the convertible as pace car. I think only one is still known to exist. I've always said there should have been a 442 wagon, using the VC body. Saw a picture of one online once but couldn't confirm it was a factory build. One really rare car if so. [EDIT]: here's the 442 wagon I was thinking of: http://www.stationwagon.com/gallery/1972_Olds_Vista_Cruiser_442.html. The owner claims it is one of three built in addition to the 6 Hurst/Olds VCs for Indy (http://www.stationwagon.com/gallery/1972_Hurst_Olds_Vista_Cruiser.html).

  • MadHungarian MadHungarian on Mar 08, 2010

    In 1970, the Cutlass platform came in THREE wheelbases. All coupes has a 112 inch wheelbase. For sedans, it was 116, and the Vista Cruiser wagon stretched all the way to 121 inches, which was actually two inches longer than the full size Chevy wagon wheelbase of that year. The extra length was necessary on the Vista Cruiser to permit a front-facing third seat, to take maximum advantage of the Vista windows. It also permitted Olds to market the VC as almost equivalent to a full sized wagon, since there was no wagon in the 88/98 line at the time. I can't say for sure what wheelbase this job has, but it could be the coupe wheelbase, and if so that would explain the extreme awkwardness of line, and would also mean the three rows of seats are all jammed up against each other, which is sort of what it looks like in the last photo on the eBay listing. Definitely the answer to a question nobody asked.

  • Frank Wait until the gov't subsidies end, you aint seen nothing yet. Ive been "on the floor" when they pulled them for fuel efficient vehicles back during/after the recession and the sales of those cars stopped dead in their tracks
  • Vulpine The issue is really stupidly simple; both names can be taken the wrong way by those who enjoy abusing language. Implying a certain piece of anatomy is a sign of juvenile idiocy which is what triggered the original name-change. The problem was not caused by the company but rather by those who continuously ridiculed the original name for the purpose of VERY low-brow humor.
  • Sgeffe There's someone around where I live who has a recent WRX-STi, but the few times I've been behind this guy, he's always driving right at the underposted arbitrary numbers that some politician pulled out of their backside and slapped on a sign! With no gendarmes or schoolkids present! Haven't been behind this driver on the freeway, but my guess is that he does the left lane police thing with the best of 'em!What's the point of buying such a vehicle if you're never going to exceed a speed limit? (And I've pondered that whilst in line in the left lane at 63mph behind a couple of Accord V6s, as well as an AMG E-Klasse!)
  • Mebgardner I'm not the market for a malleable Tuner / Track model, so I dont know: If you are considering a purchase of one of these, do you consider the Insurance Cost Of Ownership aspect? Or just screw it, I'm gonna buy it no matter.The WRX is at the top of the Insurance Cost pole for tuner models, is why I ask.
  • Mebgardner Wishing for the day of open source software in EVs, including the OS. Lets have some transparency in the algorithms and controls. No Fair data hoovering my phone when connected.I'm also wondering at the level of CANBus components in this vehicle.