Faded Flattop: 1969 Oldsmobile Cutlass Station Wagon 3-Speed 44K – Sold!

by | Feb 2024 | Craigslist ClassiFINDS, Wagon Wednesday

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April 10, 2024, Update – We confirmed the seller of this “ClassiFIND” deleted their listing, so we can now call this one “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.

March 9, 2024, Update – We confirmed the seller of this “ClassiFIND” deleted their listing, so we can now call this one “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.

February 27, 2024 Update – The seller reduced their asking price by another $500 (from $7,450 to $6,950) in their existing Craigslist ad.

February 14, 2024 Update – The seller replaced their soon-to-expire Craigslist ad with a fresh listing. While the pictures and description carry over, they elected to decrease their already-lowered asking price from $7,600 to $7,450 or best offer.

February 4, 2024 Update – The seller lowered their asking price by $900 from $8,500 to $7,600 or best offer.

Many Station Wagon fans would love to add a late 1960s, second generation, Oldsmobile Vista Cruiser to their collection.  With it’s three-window sky view roof, the three-row, mid-sized Cutlass-Based Vista Cruiser was a truly a precursor to the modern SUV. However, the Vista Cruiser was not the only version of Cutlass station wagon Oldsmobile offered at the time.  The base Cutlass four-door station wagon was a two row design that become know by enthusiasts as the “flat top” to differentiate it from the more popular Vista Cruiser. Finding a flat top second generation is much harder to do than sourcing a Vista Cruiser, as Oldsmobile did not make as many of the former as they did the latter.

This Light Blue 1969 Oldsmobile Cutlass Station Wagon For Sale, first spotted on Craigslist in Phoenix, Arizona in January 2024, is a rare find. Making this find even more special is the fact it features an even rarer three-on-the-tree manual transmission mated to a Rocker 350 cubic inch V8.  The seller reports their Cutlass Flat Top is a recent barn find with just under 45K original miles.  The seller also notes that their barn find was recently brought back to driveable condition after what the seller describes as “a long sleep.”

Last offered for $7,450 (the original ask was $8,500), the downloadable 2023 Old Cars Price Guide Big Book confirms the seller’s ask falls between this guide’s #3 “Good” estimate of $6,750 and it’s #3 “Good” appraisal of $10,500 for a completely stock example.

As a second data point, the  Collector Car Market Review Online Tool reveals the seller’s ask falls between this guide’s #4 “Fair” (Daily Driver) estimate of $5,650 and its #3 “Good” appraisal of $9,800 before making an ten percent downward adjustment for the less desirable three-speed manual transmission.

The 1969 Oldsmobile Cutlass “Flat Top” Station Wagon was a distinctive and stylish addition to the Oldsmobile lineup during the late 1960s. This particular model showcased a unique design that set it apart from other station wagons of its time. With its sleek lines, spacious interior, and powerful engine options, the 1969 Oldsmobile Cutlass “Flat Top” Station Wagon offered a combination of practicality and sophistication.

One of the standout features of the 1969 Cutlass “Flat Top” Station Wagon was its exterior design. The body boasted clean and straight lines, giving it a more modern and refined appearance. The absence of the distinctive raised roofline, as seen in the Vista Cruiser station wagon, contributed to the “Flat Top” nickname. This design choice not only enhanced the overall aesthetic appeal but also improved aerodynamics, making it a more fuel-efficient option for its time.

The front end of the wagon featured the signature Oldsmobile split-grille design, giving it a bold and recognizable look on the road. The carefully crafted body contours added a touch of elegance to the overall design, making the 1969 Cutlass “Flat Top” Station Wagon a vehicle that turned heads wherever it went.

Under the hood, the 1969 Cutlass “Flat Top” Station Wagon offered a range of engine options to cater to different driver preferences. From the spirited performance of the smaller V8 engines to the more powerful and robust options, drivers had the flexibility to choose a powertrain that suited their driving style. This versatility made the Oldsmobile Cutlass Wagon not only a practical family car but also an appealing choice for those seeking a bit of excitement on the open road.

Inside the cabin, the 1969 Cutlass “Flat Top” Station Wagon continued to impress with its spacious and comfortable interior. The wagon was designed to accommodate large families with ease, offering ample legroom and cargo space. The rear seats could be folded down to create a flat load floor, providing additional versatility for transporting various items.

The interior also featured a well-appointed dashboard with clear and accessible instrumentation. Comfort was prioritized with supportive seats and thoughtful design elements, making long journeys a pleasant experience for both the driver and passengers. The attention to detail in the interior design reflected Oldsmobile’s commitment to creating a vehicle that combined style with functionality.

On the road, the handling and ride quality of the 1969 Cutlass “Flat Top” Station Wagon were notable. The carefully tuned suspension system ensured a smooth and comfortable ride, while responsive steering added a level of agility that was not always associated with station wagons of that era. Whether cruising through city streets or tackling highway stretches, the Oldsmobile Cutlass “Flat Top” Wagon provided a driving experience that blended comfort and performance seamlessly.

The 1969 Oldsmobile Cutlass “Flat Top” Station Wagon was a standout vehicle in the automotive landscape of its time. With its distinctive design, versatile engine options, spacious interior, and enjoyable driving dynamics, this station wagon offered a well-rounded package for families and individuals alike. The “Flat Top” design, free from the Vista Cruiser’s raised roofline, gave it a unique identity that remains a fond memory for enthusiasts of classic automobiles.

The Ni Do YouTube Channel features this 1968 Oldsmobile Cutlass commercial that illustrates how far back the brand was trying to capture the youth market:


With a dry-climate Nevada provenance and only 44K miles, it’s quite plausible this 1969 Oldsmobile Cutlass flat top station wagon for sale is rust-free, save for the two minor front fender spots the seller mentioned. With it’s three-on-the-tree manual and rare flat top roof line, this base Cutlass wagon will likely stand out from the typical Vista Cruisers seen at most local car shows.

If you are serious about buying this Cutlass wagon, you can start the conversation by using the contact information provided by the seller in their Craigslist ad.  When you connect, please mention that you saw their Oldsmobile Flat Top  featured here on GuysWithRides.com. Good luck with the purchase!

Here’s the seller’s description:

“1969 Oldsmobile Cutlass Flat Top Wagon. Very Rare. Barn Find 350 Rocket V8 3 Speed Manual and manual Steering along with power front disk brakes. Car has very low miles 44k. It has the original date coded muffler and 2 band hose clamps along with some bias ply tires. AM Radio even works Very clean and Rust free

Car was brought back to life about 4 months ago from a long sleep. All fluids changed. Carb rebuilt gas tank cleaned and new send unit and rubber fuel lines installed. Has rust in just 2 spots lower front fenders. Rest of the car is rust free.
Car is a livelong Nevada Car with original 1972 second owner Nevada title. Very rare flat top wagon most of these years are the vista cruisers and you can probably count on one hand how many 3 speed manuals were made. 8500.00 OBO

Restore or drive as-is: What would you do with this 1969 Oldsmobile Cutlass flat top wagon barn find for sale? Please comment below and let us know!


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