1990 Thomas Built Vista

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Published: June 7, 2022 (2 years ago)
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1990 Thomas Built Vista

Manufactured by Chevrolet 12/89

Thomas Built Buses produced two different versions of the Thomas Vista. From 1989 to 1991, the Vista was built using a General Motors chassis and model-specific bodywork.

Detroit Diesel 8.2 L V8


For 1989, Thomas Built Buses introduced the Thomas Vista as its own semi-forward control bus. Thomas introduced several new design elements for the Vista. To improve engine access, Thomas designed the bodywork to allow for a larger hood opening than the Ward Patriot. To minimize the blind spots in loading and unloading passengers, the bodywork ahead of the door was given a “loading-zone” window.

Sharing the General Motors chassis of the Ward Patriot, the first-generation Thomas Vista adopted much of its bodywork from the standard Thomas Saf-T-Liner Conventional. As with both the Conventional and Saf-T-Liner EF/ER, Thomas built the Vista with its own dashboard and control panel, with the Vista receiving a GM-sourced steering column and instruments. The engine of the Vista sat next to the driver (a Detroit Diesel 8.2 L V8).

We bought this in March of 2020. We had grand plans to gut it and build it out to travel the US, but life had other plans – and now it is time to sell it.

It is about 85% gutted, and ready for someone to build it the way they are dreaming.

Runs & drives really well.

Not sure if the odometer has turned over, but it was a school bus in a small town in central Washington, so the mileage may be on point.

If you have questions, let me know and I will answer them as best as I am able.

LOCATED in Portland OR. Will deliver within a reasonable distance.

Open to possible trade for VW Bus or Vanagon


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