Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Family Friendly Entertainment: 1992 Oldsmobile Custom Cruiser Wagon

The 1991-1992 model year only Oldsmobile Custom Cruiser was the last conventional front-engine rear-drive passenger vehicle from the oldest surviving US automobile marque (Oldsmobile)...at least at that time.  It was, of course, a badge engineered version of the Chevrolet Caprice and Buick Roadmaster, and offers an interesting take on the classic American wagon.  Find this 1992 Oldsmobile Custom Cruiser Wagon offered for $2,200 in Gulfport, MS via craigslist.  Tip from FuelTruck.


Wheresas the Roadmaster version came with standard faux wood siding (although a wood delete option was available), and the Caprice wagon was plain sided standard, the Custom Cruiser only came with a two-tone look -- painted on top and darker accent color under the rub strip.  The Oldsmobile also was equipped with a corporate grill, but just about every other part was the same across the three cousins.  It wasn't GMs most egregious example of badge engineering, but the overlap on prices & features is silly when you think about it.


Unfortunately they didn't make the Custom Cruiser through 1994, so you don't get the beefy Multi-point fuel injected LT1 V8, instead you'll have to make do with a TPI L05 V8 rated at 180 horsepower and 300 ft-lbs of torque mated to an automatic gearbox.


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7 comments:

  1. Tools within easy reach (under the arm rest) makes people question the vehicle's reliability.
    I guess at least its not a hammer...

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  2. Tools within easy reach (under the arm rest) makes people question the vehicle's reliability.
    I guess at least its not a hammer...

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    1. Maybe its because the steering wheel appears to be missing in the same photo.

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    2. You mean the "Theft Prevention System?"

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  3. The ad shows three colors to choose from. Collecting one is an accident, but who collects three? Maybe it's the same car repainted twice after certain "jobs". I think the plyers on the seat are needed to reach into the steering column and start the car. If you need a title for any of the luxo-barges in the yard you have to call a burner phone in Miami.

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  4. Y'know, GM once employed a guy named Alfred P. Sloan, and he even wrote a book about his time there.

    He wrote that he had a specific policy of ensuring that GM had products in each segment of the market, generally priced at the top of each segment, and segmented to ensure they did not compete with each other. This policy kept the company healthy and profitable through the Depression and into the '50s.

    Alas, his hand-picked successors threw this practice out the window, the ultimate result was that the upscale divisions abandoned their market segment, moved relentlessly downmarket to chase volume and we ended up with...

    ...this.

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    1. Whale Ho! The seller is Jonesen on this bloated body style. I saw a wagon of this vintage in Seattle recently, all donked and with what looked like a $20K paint job. Got to loooove individuality!

      After all, the price is like $0.35 a pound.

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