1987 Oldsmobile Custom Cruiser 455 – SOLD!

Dec 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

January 5th Update – Is anyone surprised this RAD Era, 455-powered sleeper sold in record time?  We’re not!

Oldsmobile produced its squared-off, downsized, second-generation Custom Cruiser station wagon produced for thirteen model years from 1977 through 1990. As such, it was one of the few cars that span the entire RADWood (1980-1999) with a single design version.  While we’ve featured our share of bone-stock examples of these squared-off wagons, we especially like this 1987 60K original mile white-over-blue cloth Custom Cruiser currently originally listed in December 2020 in Lakeway, Texas (Austin) with an asking price of $6,200.  What makes this very stock-looking example very special is the replacement of what was likely an underpowered 307 cubic inch small block V8, with a proper 455 cubic inch Oldsmobile Big Block of 1976 vintage!  Comparing the price to the Collector Car Market Review Online Tool’s value for an identical stock 1983 model confirms this ask is falls between this guide’s current #3 “Good” estimate of $5,300 and its #2 “Very Good” appraisal of $8,900.

A quick listen of this wagon’s exhaust note might have you making a pre-Christmas run to Texas to buy this thing before it’s too late.  About the only thing we would work on right away is sourcing and installing bumper fillers. Good luck with the purchase!

Here’s the seller’s description:

“1987 Olds Custom Cruiser. It has less than 60k original miles. Runs, rides and stops perfect. It’s a cool high option car. Perfect Hot Rod wagon.

It is now powered by a 1976 Oldsmobile 455 mated to a built 200r4. Runs like a top. The exhaust is all brand new from the headers back.

It has an aftermarket Bluetooth stereo amplifier and speakers. Equipped with top of the line ceramic window tint.

New shocks all around. The lowering springs will be removed before sale and new springs installed on the rear. I have the factory front springs. The tires have less than 1000 miles on them.

The interior is in good condition. No BS.

Zero rust. The paint is week and has flaws, chips, and scratches but I could care less. It’s a fantastic cruiser. Hot heat and cold a/c.

Might entertain trades on concrete work or custom cabinet work.”

Show or go: what would you do with this low-mileage Malibu?  Comment below and let us know!

1 Comment
  1. 1987 Oldsmobile Custom Cruiser 455 – SOLD!

    That is awesome. A 455 swapped out makes it look stock (but needs quieter exhaust) and really wakes this car up! The same could be done for the 86-89 Cadillac Brougham with the anemic 307.


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