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Technical VistaCruiser Caddy!

Discussion in 'Traditional Customs' started by oj, Jul 5, 2018.

  1. Latigo
    Joined: Mar 24, 2014
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  2. billsat
    Joined: Aug 18, 2008
    Posts: 411


    It would take a full roll of paper towels to clean the glass in that beauty.
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  3. Was 196 #'s
    Joined: Dec 18, 2016
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    Was 196 #'s

    Possibly the automotive equivalent of the 'Orca-Betty'.
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  4. alwaysamopar
    Joined: Oct 2, 2015
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    Funniest sh.. iv heard in a while. Thanks for the laugh. Kinda like scooters and fat girls. Their fun to ride ..just don't let your friends see ya.

    Sent from my SM-G900V using The H.A.M.B. mobile app
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  5. frank spittle
    Joined: Jan 29, 2009
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    frank spittle

    Most of us Social Security recipients can recall traveling in a Greyhound Scenicruiser. Six decades ago it was just a bus with a view. Today it is pure art-deco along the lines of the custom bodied classics of the 1930s. Another fine example of the 1950s masterpieces of Raymond Loewy.
    Last edited: Jul 7, 2018
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  6. Nice Hearse
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  7. atch
    Joined: Sep 3, 2002
    Posts: 3,953


    Me too. I think we might be brothers.

    I rode one of those from Denver to Boise in 1964 with my brother and grandmother. I thought it was pretty cool then and now I wish I had the money to buy one and make it into a motor coach.
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  8. frank spittle
    Joined: Jan 29, 2009
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    frank spittle

    The Vista Cruiser top or Observation Car as it was originally called was designed for Pullman Railroad Coach Company in 1948 by industrial designer Brook Stevens. It didn't take long to be incorporated in cars and buses. Personally, my favorite is Loewy's Scenicruisers
  9. jim snow
    Joined: Feb 16, 2007
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    jim snow

    Good stuff. Thanks for the photo. Snowman
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  10. 57JoeFoMoPar
    Joined: Sep 14, 2004
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    I'm going to guess that the story about the car being built for John D. Rockefeller is a tall tale considering Rockefeller senior died in 1937and his son, John D. Rockefeller, Jr. died in 1960. So unless homeboy time-traveled into 1963 to buy a Caddy, that story is less than accurate., or it was built for a different Rockefeller But regardless of the backstory, the car is awesome, and clearly well-built. Big timer stuff for sure.
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  11. Deadbird
    Joined: Jul 28, 2005
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    Super cool!
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  12. oj
    Joined: Jul 27, 2008
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    The guy that owned the Caddy came to check on his cars' progress today, this is the 'station wagon' he drove this time:
    DSC00765.JPG DSC00761.JPG DSC00768.JPG DSC00762.JPG
    It was breathtaking.
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  13. Deuces
    Joined: Nov 3, 2009
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    from Michigan

  14. falconvan
    Joined: Apr 2, 2008
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    from festus, Mo

    Instant car boner!
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  15. pwschuh
    Joined: Oct 27, 2008
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    Actually, the Caddy is not a shooting brake but the T-Bird in post #28 is. A shooting brake only has 2 passenger doors. The Caddy is still a station wagon, regardless of the wealth of the owner.
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  16. HotrodHR
    Joined: Jul 12, 2010
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    The Caddy's OK, but I'm really digging that T-Bird!!!
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  17. gsnort
    Joined: Feb 5, 2008
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    The owner of these remarkable vehicles has good taste.
  18. oj
    Joined: Jul 27, 2008
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    I should've included this pic of the headliner:
    the headliner is full length thru the back.
  19. 'Mo
    Joined: Sep 26, 2007
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    1955 Nomad... :eek: o_O

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  20. I can't tell if the rear hatch on the Caddy opens, the T bird opens but that is the one area that lets the car down. Don't get me wrong, the T bird is a cool car, just wish the rear hatch could have been done better.
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  21. Oh, what does he have in your shop, another wagon?
  22. raymay
    Joined: Mar 2, 2008
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    oj, With great Wagons like the Caddy and the Packard there may be some interest in the type of car you are working on for this gentleman.
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  23. oj
    Joined: Jul 27, 2008
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    It isn't really HAMB friendly. He does have another wagon I'll try to get a pic of, a mid 60's Chrysler used by NASA during the Apollo missions. Its got all the certified NASA signage etc, the car was restored at White Post.
  24. 'Mo
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  25. Hnstray
    Joined: Aug 23, 2009
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    from Quincy, IL

    I know it's personal opinion, but imo the '55 "Nomad" pictured above embodies almost all of what went wrong with cohesiveness and styling in favor of wretched excess in that period with Customs......

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  26. tubman
    Joined: May 16, 2007
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    At even the first glance, it looked to me like the vista cruiser roof is pushed down in the back. It could be an optical illusion caused by the fins sweeping upwards, but the car just doesn't look "right" to me. It's great job, but I think it would be greatly improved by raising the rear of the top an inch or two. I don't think I could make the final decision unless I saw the vehicle in person, and then from several different angles.
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  27. Sonny Day Out
    Joined: May 31, 2007
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    Sonny Day Out

    Two different cars ! Look at the shape of the " c " pillars !
    Good Luck,
  28. 'Mo
    Joined: Sep 26, 2007
    Posts: 5,471


    I believe that's an optical illusion.
    Check the accompanied link.

    Here is a shot from the rear of the second car pictured (sitting in the same spot)...


    ...and the original post.


    Definitely the same car!
    Last edited: Jul 21, 2018
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  29. Mr48chev
    Joined: Dec 28, 2007
    Posts: 23,501


    That Cad just Does it for me, the perfect color and the lines really flow. Since there are still a bunch of Rockefeller decedents floating around it may have been the "estate car" that went to the airport to pick up guests at the estate rather than a specific family member's car.
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