We are counting down the Top 50 hot rods and street cars of all time that have made an appearance in a television series, or a memorable television episode. Starting from #50, and counting down to our #1 pick, follow along with our memories, and see where your favorite show lands.
Top 50 TV Cars Of All Time: No. 22, That ‘70s Show Oldsmobile Vista Cruiser
If there is anything, and we mean anything, that defines the 1970s better than a musclecar, it is the era of the modern grocery-getter. Long, heavy, station wagons were often outfitted with hefty V8 engines to propel all that iron around town. Loaded with enough room to seat six passengers on two rows of bench seating, and more room in the back (often with a jump seat), these faux wood clad mom-mobiles were hot stuff.
Featuring an Aztec Gold 1969 Oldsmobile Vista Cruiser on the period sitcom, “That ‘70s Show,” was the perfect placement for this prop, which appeared in the opening credits, as a main setting for dialog, and as a regular with many storylines written around it.
The Vista Cruiser was always there as a dependable, reliable, even cool mode of transport for the series run, from 1998 to 2006. Just ask Eric Forman (Topher Grace), the awkward teen who lusts to after it, and begs to have the keys from his parents, Red ( Kurtwood Smith) and Kitty (Debra Jo Rupp) in the first season. He gets them, by the way. And then, he also gets the girl: Donna (Laura Prepon). Bitchin!
After the show wrapped, Wilder Valerama, who portrayed Fez, purchased the Oldsmobile Vista Cruiser from Carsey-Warner for $500. In August 2009, it was named third-greatest television car ever by MSN Autos.