Oldsmobile Vista Cruiser 442
Everybody knows about the Oldsmobile 442, a powerful and great looking muscle car from Detroit’s glory years. However, the 442 wasn’t the only car with a strong punch in Oldsmobile’s lineup. Did you know you could order basically the same 442 powertrain in a family-oriented Vista Cruiser wagon?
You are probably wondering how a family station wagon could be a muscle car. It depends on what they put under the hood. Customers could order the 1970 Vista Cruiser with a 455 V8 monster of an engine. It was basically the same powerplant from the famed Oldsmobile 442 muscle car.
This transformed an ordinary ‘70s American suburban wagon into a fire-breathing muscle car disguised as practical family transportation. Of course, the performance of the Vista Cruiser 455 was worse than the regular Oldsmobile 442. The reason was the heavy weight of the wagon.
But the Vista was still quick with 0 to 60 mph times of around six seconds. Unfortunately, not many people knew this in 1970 so Oldsmobile installed 455 in just a handful of Vista Cruisers. That is why those cars are forgotten and rare today.