Faux Wood Free: 1967 Oldsmobile Vista Cruiser Three Row Wagon – Sold!

Feb 2020 | Classifinds, Wagon Wednesday

Update: This one got away, but if you have your heart set on something similar, email us the details of what you’re looking for or call Rudy directly at (908)295-7330

February 12th Update:  We noticed a new post for this cool Vista Cruiser wagon with the same asking price.  The older paint appears to be holding up well and that combined with a sorted interior make this an affordable classic you and eight of your family or friends can enjoy.  Good luck with the purchase!

January 21st Update:  getting ready for our latest Wagon Wednesday features we came across a fresh post for this ’67 Oldsmobile Vista Cruiser we first featured on December 4th.  The new post also features a price decrease of $300 to $13,500.

Long before today’s mammoth three-row, forward-facing, eight-seat capacity SUVs crowded our nation’s highways, Oldsmobile offered a better station wagon based alternative such as the 1967 Vista Cruiser listed on Craigslist in West Babylon, New New York (Long Island).  The second caretaker since 2010 is currently asking $13,800 for his Vista Cruiser, which relying on the Hagerty Insurance Online Valuation Tool as a guide proves he has his unique wagon priced halfway between #2 “Excellent” appraisal of $16,300 and the #3 “Good” estimate of $10,700.  Launched for the 1964 model year, Oldsmobile’s first-generation Vista Cruiser pioneered the use of a raised roof with a split skylight that began over the second-row seating, with lateral glass panels over the rear cargo area. Sun visors for the glass came standard for the second-row passengers. To facilitate an optional, forward-facing, third-row bench seat, Oldsmobile stretched the Vista Cruiser’s wheelbase five inches to 120 inches.  Vista Cruisers also featured an elevated roof over the rear seat and cargo area and glass skylights over the rear seating area, which consisted of a transverse, two-piece skylight over the second seat and small longitudinal skylights directly over the rear cargo-area windows.  With sun glare a concern, the second-row seats also featured standard sun visors.  From 1965 to 1970 Oldsmobile dropped the full-sized 88 wagons, making the Vista Cruiser the division’s largest.  The shorter-wheelbase F-85/Cutlass wagon remained the entry-level offering.  Vista Cruisers such as the example presented here come equipped with Olsmobile’s 330 cubic inch “Jetfire” V8 mated to a three-speed Turbo Hydra-Matic automatic transmission.

With an eight-year-old repaint of what appears to be a very original car combined with what sounds to be a thorough update of the interior and mechanicals, we really like this example of what is now a very rare station wagon from GM’s stillborn Oldsmobile brand.  We really like the owner decided to forego replacing the faux wood vinyl paneling after the repaint; doing so gives this Vista Cruiser a much more updated look.  About the only thing we would do is consider installing a Vintage Air style air conditioning system to extend the cruising appeal to seven of your family or friends. Good luck with the purchase!

Here’s the seller’s description:

“I’ve decided to sell my 1967 Vista Cruiser. I am the second owner and have owned the car since 2010. I have the original bill of sale and protecto-plate. It has the third row seat and roof rack. It has the Jetfire Rocket V-8, 330 cu. in. engine and the Turbo Hydra-Matic Drive Transmission.
It is in excellent condition. It is a very well maintained car and shows it has been well cared for. It has PS, PB, Automatic transmission and power tailgate window that works from both a switch in the dash and with a key.
It also has the original Tissue dispenser and original AM radio with an FM converter that still works.
The car was painted about 8 years ago and still looks great. The original woodgrain was removed. The trim is still on the car if you wanted to add the woodgrain.
The interior is also in excellent condition.
The front and middle seats were reupholstered and are still very nice. The third row seat is still original.
The headliner is like new. All four visors were redone and look like new.
It starts right up and runs very well.
The full brake system was replaced about 9 years ago including all lines, master cylinder, wheel cylinders and shoes. The radiator was replaced with brand new about 5 years ago. All four tires are very good.
The only reason that I am selling is because I don’t have the time to get it out and enjoy it.
These cars are very hard to find, especially in such good condition.
I am asking $13,800 for the car.
If you are interested in my car, please send an email with your name and phone number and I will get back to you.

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