Oldsmobile Vista Cruiser
From 1964 to 1977, the Vista Cruiser was Oldsmobile’s bestselling and most popular station wagon. It is also one of the models that perfectly describes suburban America in the ’60s and ’70s. The Vista Cruisers were all large, could seat up to nine people and powered by V8 engines. In the ’70s, they came with a long list of optional extras, wood grain trim and an interesting feature called the Clamshell tailgate.
The Clamshell tailgate was GM’s patent they used on all the big station wagons of the early ’70s including Chevrolet, Buick, Pontiac and Oldsmobile. This was a power-operated system that could slide the tailgate into the trunk floor giving unrestricted access to the luggage compartment. Along with the powerful engines and cool styling, this was one of the most popular features of the Oldsmobile Vista Cruiser.