Tag Archives: Oldsmobile

Vista Cruiser

Despite being total car nerds here at The Lego Car Blog, we hadn’t heard of the Oldsmobile Vista Cruiser, but now that we have we really want one. Even if it doesn’t look like Tim Henderson‘s gasser.

Not only does the Vista Cruiser have a really excellent name, there is literally no vehicle cooler than a classic station wagon, and no feature cooler than safari roof windows. And the Vista Cruiser fulfils those attributes like no other car.

Tim’s Lego version adds to the cool with period-correct ‘gasser’ mods, including a hood-mounted supercharger intake, drag wheels and suspension, and side pipes. Join us wishing we had one at Tim’s photostream via the link above.

A Bit Hairy

Lego 67 Hurst "Hairy" Oldsmobile

We have a sneaking suspicion that a few of TLCB Elves may have worked for Oldsmobile in a previous life, as this is so their kind of car.

Built to showcase the durability of the company’s new FWD transaxle, two Hurst ‘Hairy’ Oldsmobile Cutlasses were created in 1967, each fitted with two 1,200bhp supercharged V8s, with one engine powering the front wheels and the second powering the rears.

Lego Oldsmobile Cutlass Hairy Hurst

The result was a car capable of all-wheel-drive burnouts and eleven second quarter miles, but also one with prodigious torque-steer and minimal visibility, which led to one of the two Hairy Hursts being destroyed in a demonstration run.

This glorious recreation of the monstrous drag-racer comes from Flickr’s Tim Inman, who – due to LEGO’s limited range of golden pieces – has had to use hundreds of studded tiles to create the Oldsmobile’s bodywork.

There’s more to see at Tim’s photostream – click the link in the text above to make the jump.

Lego Hurst "Hairy" Oldsmobile

Rocket

Lego Oldsmobile Rocket Coupe

Back in the early post-war decades America made some cracking cars. This was one of them, the beautiful Oldsmobile ’88’ Rocket Coupe. This great recreation of the classic V8 is the work of Flickr’s Peter Blackert, making his second recent appearance here.

The ’88’ Rocket became one of the cult cars of the 1950s, and was probably the peak of Oldsmobile’s cool. By the late 1970s though, the U.S auto industry was struggling to make anything cool at all, and in 2004 General Motors folded the troubled brand. We have cars like this one to thank for that. Still, whatever has become of the Oldsmobile company, the Rocket will always remind us of a time when to drive American was a very good thing indeed.