Oldsmobile Custom Cruiser

The Oldsmobile Custom Cruiser was a station of the upper middle class, which was from 1971 to 1992 Oldsmobile, a brand of General Motors built. It was based on the Model 88, but had the wheelbase of the top model 98 He was always the largest combination model of the brand.

Year by year


Oldsmobile Custom Cruiser (1974 )

In September 1970 Oldsmobile introduced together with the other 1971 models in front of a large new combination based on the Delta 88. This wagon was available with either five or seven seats. Like the models 88 and 98 showed the Custom Cruiser with a V-shaped front section with a split grille with painted center bar and Oldsmobile emblem. The grille was enough at the bottom to behind the front bumper. The dual round headlights were framed rectangular. Above the rear wheels partially covered showed the body of a " hip bend ". The vehicle was decorated on the sides with wood imitation ( a throwback to the earlier " Woodies "). The car with the longer wheelbase of the model 98 had a V8 engine with 7456 cc displacement, the output of 280 bhp developed a (206 kW) at 4400 min -1.

In 1972 the car was further built almost unchanged, but lowered the engine power to 225 bhp (165 kW) at 4,000 min -1. 1973 saw a minor facelift for a slightly lower front fascia with a continuous front bumper. The models were now available with and without imitation wood on the sides of the vehicle. The engine power was raised to 275 bhp (203 kW) at 3600 min -1. 1974 there was again a modified radiator grille with a chrome grid structure, which extended into the horizontal hood. The engine output fell back to 210 bhp (154 kW) at 4000 rpm -1. 1975 there was a four-part, somewhat flatter shaped grille. In technical terms, the model remained unchanged this year.

In 1976, the Custom Cruiser again a two-piece grill, this time with a rectangular dual headlights with underlying, flat position and turn signals. The engine power was still on ( 140 kW ) will be lowered to 190 bhp at 3400 min -1.


Oldsmobile Custom Cruiser (1987-1990)

In 1977, the Custom Cruiser revised. In the future, he no longer had the longer wheelbase of 98 but that of the 88th While stylistically little changed, the combination was significantly smaller " small-block " engine with 5735 cc and 170 bhp (125 kW) at 3800 rpm 1 The versions without imitation wood were no longer offered.

1978 was the body unchanged, but there was optional two new engines: a further petrol V8 with 6603 cc and 185 bhp (136 kW) at 3600 min - 1 and a V8 diesel with 5735 cc and 120 bhp (88 kW) at 3,600 min -1. 1979 decreased the performance of the gasoline engines 160-165 BHP / 118-121 kW ( 5.7 L), and 175 bhp / 129 kW ( 6.6 l). The diesel engine increased to 125 bhp / 92 kW. In 1980, the performance of the engines was lowered further: The 6.6 liter V8 was no longer offered, the 5.7 liter V8 brought it to just 160 bhp (118 kW) and the diesel only at a meager 105 bhp (77 kW ) at 3,200 min -1. There were also an even smaller petrol V8 with 5031 cc and a power output of 150 bhp (110 kW). Even in 1981 there were no changes to the body, but the 5.7 -liter V8 petrol engine has been dropped from the range, and the 5.0 -liter V8 now made ​​only 140 bhp (103 kW).

With this range of engines and minor changes in the optic was the Custom Cruiser built until 1985. 1986, the diesel engine was discontinued for lack of demand, and in 1988 was the Custom Cruiser is the only car in the Oldsmobile 's lineup with rear wheel drive. In this form, the combination was continued to be built until 1990.


In 1991, the styling of the Custom Cruiser has been completely redesigned. He received a more rounded body style, wide-band headlamps and a continuous grille with a grid structure. In technical terms, was the Oldsmobile Custom Cruiser is the only model that still had rear wheel drive. The engine, however, was now provided with a fuel injection system and made ​​125 kW at 4200 min -1.

1992 in the last year of production, there was again a desire for larger V8 engine with 5735 cc displacement and 132 kW at 4000 min -1. In the following year the big Oldsmobile station wagon was deleted.

In 21 years 448 503 copies have been produced.