11. Oldsmobile Vista Cruiser
General Motors produced the Vista Cruiser from 1964 to 1977, and it was their bestselling, 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 and could seat up to nine people. Also, they always came with V8 engines. In the ’70s, Vistas had a long list of optional extras like wood grain trim and the Clamshell tailgate.
The Clamshell tailgate was GM’s patent they used on all the big station wagons of the early ’70s. This included Chevrolet, Buick, Pontiac, and of course, Oldsmobile. This type of tailgate was a power-operated system that would slide the tailgate into the trunk floor. Such a design created unrestricted access to the luggage compartment. Along with the powerful engines and cool styling, the Clamshell tailgate was one of the most popular features of the Vista Cruiser.