Climatic Control: 1967 Oldsmobile Vista Cruiser L66/AC – $22,000

by | May 2024 | Craigslist ClassiFINDS, Wagon Wednesday

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Model Year 1967 represented a significant turning point in American automotive history. The National Traffic and Motor Vehicle Safety Act was enacted in the United States in 1966 to empower the federal government to set and administer new safety standards for motor vehicles and road traffic safety. The Act was the first mandatory federal safety standards for motor vehicles that went into effect with all 1967 cars sold in the United States.

Safety-related standards mandated for all new cars sold in the U.S. in 1967 included headrests, energy-absorbing steering wheels, shatter-resistant windshields, and seat belts for all passengers. Additionally, the Clean Air Acts of 1963 and 1967 were starting to see pollution control equipment added to new car engines. Unfortunately, before the advent of computer controls, engineers relied on complex mechanical and vacuum-controlled systems to meet the earliest standards. One early engine adjustment engineers relied upon was the leaning out of carburetor settings. However, these settings were a compromise across a wide range of ambient and engine operating temperatures.

To better compensate for the wide range of operating temperatures, Oldsmobile engineers developed a mechanical system on the air intake that mixed cold and heated air to keep the intake mixture constant at one hundred degrees Fahrenheit.  Oldsmobile Marketers seized an opportunity to turn lemons into lemonade when they labeled the new system “Climatic Combustion Control.”  Initially optional on certain Oldsmobile engines, nearly all other automobile manufacturers developed similar systems over the next several years.

Here is a 1967 Oldsmobile brochure describing how the Climatic Combustion Control system worked:

White 1967 Oldsmobile Vista Cruiser

For 1967, Oldsmobile offered Climatic Combustion Control in its optional L66 “Turnpike Cruising Package.” The package included a 300-gross horsepower, two-barrel-topped, 400 cubic inch V8 equipped with the Climatic Combustion Control.  It also added heavy-duty wheels, suspension, and a more highway-friendly rear axle ratio. To get the optional $142.18 L66 package, buyers also had to opt for the TurboHydramatic automatic transmission, which was not included in the package.

This White 1967 Oldsmobile Vista Cruiser For Sale, first spotted on Craigslist north of San Francisco, California in May 2024, is a numbers-matching example benefitting from a rebuilt powertrain with only 10K miles. In addition to the Climatic Combustion Control package and power steering and brakes, this Oldsmobile Vista Cruiser for sale features desirable factory options of air conditioning and a tilt steering wheel.

Currently offered for $22,000, Classic.com, the analytics and search engine for the collector car market, confirms the ask aligns with this guide’s five-year results for all 1967 Oldsmobile Vista Cruisers.  By clicking on the green dots in the graph below, you can get a sense of what comparable examples sold for recently:

As a second data point, the  Collector Car Market Review Online Tool reveals the seller’s ask falls between this guide’s #2 Very Good” estimate of $17,400 and its #1 “Excellent” appraisal of $27,000 before making significant adjustments for optional air conditioning (10%) and power windows (3%).

Oldsmobile launched its unique Vista Cruiser station wagon for the 1964 model year based on General Motors new “A” body mid-sized platform. Unlike its Chevrolet and Pontiac counterparts, the Oldsmobile Vista Cruiser featured a five-inch longer wheelbase that provided enough interior room to house three rows of forward-facing seats.  The Vista Cruiser’s trademark design feature, however, was their fixed-glass, roof-mounted skylights over the second-row seating with sun visors for the second-row passengers, a raised roof behind the skylight and lateral glass panels over the rear cargo area along the raised roof, and access to the third row of forward-facing passenger seating was accomplished by a second-row split bench seat that retracted forward.

The 1967 Oldsmobile Vista Cruiser with the optional L66 package epitomized the pinnacle of American automotive innovation and luxury during the mid-20th century. This iconic station wagon seamlessly blended style, comfort, and performance, earning its place as a beloved classic in automotive history.

At the heart of the Vista Cruiser L66 package was its potent powertrain, featuring a robust 400 cubic inch V8 engine. This powerhouse delivered an impressive output of 350 horsepower, ensuring exhilarating acceleration and confident highway cruising. Paired with a smooth-shifting Turbo-Hydramatic automatic transmission, the Vista Cruiser effortlessly translated its formidable power into dynamic performance on the open road.

However, the true hallmark of the Vista Cruiser L66 package lay in its unparalleled versatility and spaciousness. Boasting a distinctive raised roofline with expansive windows, this iconic wagon offered an airy and commanding view of the road ahead, creating an unmatched driving experience for passengers and drivers alike. With its generous seating capacity for up to nine occupants, including the optional rear-facing third-row seat, the Vista Cruiser was the epitome of family-friendly transportation.

Inside the cabin, the Vista Cruiser exuded luxury and refinement. Plush upholstery, tasteful trim accents, and thoughtful amenities created an inviting environment for occupants to relax and enjoy the journey. From its ergonomic controls to its advanced entertainment system, every aspect of the Vista Cruiser’s interior was meticulously designed to enhance comfort and convenience.

Furthermore, the Vista Cruiser L66 package boasted a host of innovative features designed to elevate the driving experience to new heights. From its advanced suspension system to its responsive power steering, every component of the Vista Cruiser was engineered to deliver a smooth, refined ride with exceptional handling and control.

In summary, the 1967 Oldsmobile Vista Cruiser equipped with the optional L66 package represented the pinnacle of automotive excellence during its era. With its powerful performance, unmatched versatility, and luxurious amenities, this iconic station wagon captured the hearts of drivers and passengers alike, leaving an indelible mark on American automotive history

The My Footage YouTube Channel features this 1967 Oldsmobile Vista Cruiser commercial:

Based on the pictures and the seller’s detailed description, this white over red 1967 Oldsmobile Vista Cruiser for sale appears to be a sympathetically preserved example featuring a fully rebuilt powertrain.  The only item up for debate on this well optioned Vista Cruiser for sale is the original mileage. The seller lists “17,000” as the mileage but note the engine and transmission rebuilds have 10,000 miles on them. Consequently, you’ll need to confirm whether the car has the documentation to back up the 17K-mile claim or if its more like 117,000. Either way, this is a nicely optioned classic station wagon you can enjoy with eight other close friends of family.

If you are serious about buying this Vista Cruiser, 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 Climatic Controlled Combustion equipped Olds featured here on GuysWithRides.com. Good luck with the purchase!

Here’s the seller’s description:

“This is truly a thing of beauty. First generation Oldsmobile Vista Cruiser Custom in great condition.

The car came from an estate sale and the elderly gentleman who had owned it was a Vista Cruiser fanatic who not only maintained the car impeccably, but also collected a treasure trove of Vista Cruiser literature over the years that comes with the vehicle. Dealer and sales materials, dealer postcards of identical car, service and maintenance volumes, all kinds of cool stuff from 1967. Hours of reading!

The first-generation Vista Cruiser pioneered a standard raised roof with split skylight over the second-row seating, with lateral glass panels over the rear cargo area. This one also has the optional sun visors for second row passengers, and a third row of forward-facing passenger seating. Access to the third row is gained by a split-folding second row seat that retracts forward.

The car gets so much attention every time I drive it and everyone absolutely loves it.

The body is obviously very nice but there are a few tiny paint chips when you get up really close and a small spot of bubbling. All the chrome looks great and shines well. The front fenders have the red plastic inner and under hood fender liners.

This highly optioned car also has the L66 option pack that included a 400 cu 300hp Rocket V8 with Climatic Combustion Control Engine Air Induction System and Turbo Hydramatic 3 speed transmission. The engine and trans have under 10,000 miles on a full rebuild and work flawlessly. It has dual exhausts that exit right behind the rear wheels on each side and sounds absolutely fantastic. As you would expect it has power steering and brakes.

As you can see the Interior is a glorious burgundy color in excellent condition down to the front floor mats with “Vista” on the drivers side footwell and “Cruiser” on the passenger. It has power windows, including the tailgate, power bench seat, remote mirror adjustment, and of course the original radio. All of the windows work except for the rear passenger window which is missing the door switch.

Asking $22K

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