Best of Show Oldsmobile Custom Cruiser
If in the 80’s you were looking for an upscale full-sized American wagon, and the FoMoCo offering shown last week wasn’t your thing, you basically were left with 2 choices that really weren’t a choice. The Pentastar folks had abandoned the full-sized market in 1977, which meant you were shopping at The General (no, not the insurance folks), either at Buick or Oldsmobile. The GM wagons were built on their B platform, which had been downsized in 1977. Downsize is a relative term here. Though the new B-body wagons were still fairly massive with a 116” wheelbase and about 220” in length, the previous C-body based cars were positively gargantuan with a 127” wheelbase and lengths in the 230” range. Though each of the brands featured a base and up-level sedan model, the wagons generally existed as their own model with the trim bouncing back and forth between the two sedans. For their Custom Cruiser offering, Oldsmobile used the styling of their entry level 88 sedan.
This Custom Cruiser before you appears to be a 1985 model and comes from Best of Show. The model is of sealed resin construction. One of the typical calling cards of resin is near flawless paint quality. That is not the case here as the model’s finish is more satin than gloss. Outside of that, BoS has done a great job modeling the Olds. Of note is the excellent work done on the lighting elements and the simulation wire hubcaps. The interior is the equal to the exterior. I’m used to resin interiors being something of an afterthought, but BoS did good work here. If I had to find fault with it, it would be the lack of carpet. And the fact that I can’t access it. While I’m finding faults, what’s with that luggage rack?
If I were to compare Best of Show’s effort with that of last week’s Greenlight, the BoS would get the win, even when factoring in that I paid double for it. Sadly BoS only made 504 units of the Custom Cruiser and they sold out quickly. Hopefully they’ll take that as a sign to do a recolor, or even better, another manufacturer will see it as a sign that big American iron from an era other than the 60’s can sell.
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