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