True Bradymobile: 1985 Oldsmobile Custom Cruiser 54K Mile Survivor – $8,000

Jul 2020 | Classifinds, Wagon Wednesday

True wood-bodied station wagons had long been replaced by simulated vinyl woodgrain steel examples by the mid-1980s.  However, that didn’t stop Oldsmobile from continuing to market to “Traditional” buyers with such cars as this 1985 Custom Cruiser.  Currently listed here on Craigslist in Ansonia, Connecticut with only 54,000 original miles, the private seller (who calls their station wagon a “True Bradymobile”) is currently asking $8,000.  Checking the NADA Guides Classic Car Online Valuation Tool confirms this private seller has their Custom Cruiser priced above the current “Low”, “Average”, and “High” retail value range of $1,740, $4,800, $6,809, respectively.  However, we note that prices of these RADwood-eligible wagons are on the rise, especially in low mileage, survivor condition such as this example.

If you are serious about buying this C10, you can start the conversation by emailing the seller here.

Oldsmobile redesigned its second generation Custom Cruiser station for 1977 as part of GM’s downsizing program for all B- and C-Body full-size cars that year.  In the redesign, the Custom Cruiser shed 14 inches in length, 11 inches of wheelbase, and up to 900 pounds of curb weight.  The new wagon saw a change to a lighter weight two-way tailgate replacing the complicated and heavy clam shell design of the prior model.  Wagons such as this example also share the same full-coil spring suspension as their sedan counterparts, rather than the multi-leaf springs found on 1971-76 Safaris. The current caretaker is quick to point out his Custom Cruiser is always stored indoors and never taken out during the winter months, thus the body and interior remain excellent.  Oldsmobile continued selling this model largely unchanged, save for trim and minor powertrain updates, through the 1990 model year.

If you want to get a sense of how much Oldsmobile continued marketing the Custom Cruiser to “Traditional Buyers,” watch this 1984 training video we came across on YouTube:

We like the low mileage survivor vibe this Custom Cruiser gives off and the fact it can serve dual duty as either an Antique Automobile Club of America (“AACA”) Preservation Class candidate or a cool RADwood alternative to a minivan. Either way, good luck with the purchase!

Here’s the seller’s description:

“Beautiful 1985 oldsmobile custom cruiser station wagon. 2nd owner. 54,000 original miles. Very good condition. Power windows, door locks and ac!!!!This is a true gem and has been called by collectors as a survivor car as they never made it to this age in such great condition, it was usually used as the family
vacation car but not this one!!!! We have taken this to car shows and everyone loves it. A true bradymobile!!!!Everything works. Newer exhaust front to back. Newer battery. Headliner is new. Original burgundy velour interior seats with the back 3rd seat facing out which also folds down for tons of storage. Never been smoked in. New cd player and radio but also have original radio. 8,000 or best offer
no scam emails for someone to pick up
this is for pickup personally cash only email through craigslist or call with name and number
203 231 2777

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