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These American Luxury Cars Will Make You Sell Your Lexus

Vukasin Herbez October 26, 2022

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Oldsmobile Vista Cruiser 455

You are probably thinking of how a family station wagon could be a powerful luxury car, but it can. The 1970 Vista Cruiser had an optional 455 V8 monster of an engine. It’s essentially 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 transport (via Car and Driver).

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Of course, the performance of the Vista Cruiser 455 was worse than the regular Oldsmobile 442, and the reason was the wagon’s weight. But the Vista was still pretty quick with a 0 to 60 mph time of around six seconds. Unfortunately, only a few people knew about this in 1970, and Oldsmobile installed 455 in just a handful of Vista Cruisers. That is why those cars are forgotten and rare today.

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Chrysler Ghia Specials

The story of the Chrysler Specials built by the Italian coach-building company Ghia is a very interesting and unique one in automotive history. In the early ’50, the American car industry started promoting wild concept cars and introducing new and jet-influenced shapes into production models. On the other hand, Chrysler presented several very elegant concepts, all of which drew much attention from the crowd. Interestingly, Chryslers were fully operational prototypes on standard car chassis and drivetrains.

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Several of Chrysler’s top managers realized that there was potential for limited production of those prestigious coupes. But in cooperation with Ghia, which had already designed and produced several concept cars. So, in 1951 the first Chrysler Special called the K-301 was for sale, which continued with several other models until 1955 (via Motor1).

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