Tic Toc Tach: 1967 Oldsmobile Vista Cruiser 9P – Sold?

by | Sep 2022 | Classifinds, Wagon Wednesday

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October 25, 2022, Update – We just confirmed the listing for this “Classifind” expired, so with no replacement found, we’re assuming this ride is “Sold?” While this one got away, please reach out either by email or call us directly if you’d like to be informed when we come across something similar.

September 21, 2022 Update – The seller just replaced their expired initial Craigslist ad with a fresh listing.  In it, the description and pictures remain the same. However, the seller lowered their asking price from $31,500 to $31,000.

Long before today’s mammoth three-row, forward-facing, eight-seat capacity SUVs crowded our nation’s highways, Oldsmobile offered a better alternative in the form of a three-row, nine-passenger station wagon. This 1967 Oldsmobile Vista Cruiser, once listed in September 2022 on Craigslist in Ravena, New York (Albany), is a nicely optioned example featuring the desirable four-barrel-topped 330 cubic inch Jet Fire V8 and the rare Tick Tock Tach combination clock and tachometer option. The seller reports a detailed list of improvements during their six years of ownership that included a 2018 repaint in the factory color.

Currently offered for $31,500, Classic.com, the analytics and search engine for the collector car market, confirms the ask would be a new record for a 1967 Oldsmobile Vista Cruiser as the current one-year average is only $23,467.  By clicking on the green dots in the graph below, you can navigate to each comparable car sold as a way to help you evaluate the price of the station wagon featured here:

As a second data point, the  Collector Car Market Review Online Tool reveals the seller’s ask optimistically lands $4,500 above this guide’s #1 “Excellent” appraisal of $27,000.

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.

The MyFootage.com YouTube Channel features this extended-length 1967 Oldsmobile Vista Cruiser commerical:

Between the four-year-old repaint, all of the exterior stainless trim restored, and a front-end rebuild featuring a disc brake upgrade, this 1967 Oldsmobile Vista Cruiser presents itself as a very solid investment in a quality example that appears to be fully sorted based upon the seller’s description.

Here’s the seller’s description:

“1967 Oldsmobile Vista Cruiser, 330 4 Barrel, AT Turbo 400, PS, PB, Factory tilt wheel, Tic-Toc-Tach., Third seat option, Roof Rack, Olds SSI 15×8 rims with 225/70R15 T/A Radials.
Painted factory color in 2018 (I have extra for future touch-ups). Stainless was all removed and polished. Always garage kept and still looks amazing. All panel gaps are perfect. Doors all shut with amazingly little effort. The car runs great. We take it on our yearly 500-mile round trip to Cape Cod every year (See Pic).
– Converted to front disc brakes 2021 (I have the original drums still).
– Front suspension rebuilt with all new bushing, ball joints, tie rods, etc.
– Upgraded front sway bar and added rear sway bar.
– New KYB shocks on all four corners.
– All new weatherstripping.
– Upholstery original except the back of the front seat and small seat of the second row.
– New carpet.
– New dual exhaust.
– Quadrajet rebuilt.
– Distributor internal converted to Petronix electric ignition
– Re-chromed front and rear bumpers as well as rear window crank.
– Retro Sound Radio.
– Original jack and tire iron.
– Engine detailed with GM original/reproduction parts.
– New harmonic balancer.
We have lovingly owned this car since 2016. We bought it from Oregon (The car was originally sold in OR. I have the original owner maintenance card. The first picture is when we bought it), and believe that the 96K miles are original (I bought it with 82K miles). Everything on this car works as it should. I even got the crazy GM windshield washer fluid squirter to work (new internal diaphragm). Spare tire perfect and lower storage area in good shape with original underlayment. The only two things that I can think of that don’t work are the clock (which is almost normal for any mechanical car clock) and the tach. The tach worked before I converted it to the Petronix ignition. There’s a way to make it work I just never did it. One thing it needs but I could never find are the outside window felts for the doors. As a bonus, it comes with 11 oil filters. I bought a bunch, assuming I would own this car for a long time. You will have a hard time finding a nicer 67 VC.
Calls only. I will not answer texts because I do not trust them to be a virus.

Show or go: What would you do with this restored 1967 Oldsmobile Vista Cruiser?  Please comment below and let us know!

1 Comment
  1. Fred

    That is one sweet wagon! It looks like it has a lot of paint!

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