Station wagons are a dying breed in today's showrooms, but perhaps if they were building wagons as cool as this 1967 Oldsmobile Vista Cruiser that wouldn't be the case. Many of us grew up looking out the sky panels of a wagon very much like this, and not many have survived in this condition, so if you're looking to relive some memories and make some new ones, this is an awesome choice.
Face it, station wagons are cool today. Where else can you get this much sheetmetal, this much interior space, and V8 power for so little cash? A truck? Sure, if you like driving something that handles like a truck. This Olds cruises the highways with an effortless ease that you have to experience to believe. The cream paint is accented with the usual wood appliques, which really is the only way you want your vintage wagon, right? The paint is in absolutely spectacular condition, indicative of someone either really loving this car or spending a ton of cash on it. Either way you're getting something in top condition, ready to rock. This is a big car, make no mistake, but the proportions are excellent and that kick-up at the rear doors visually ties this car to the rest of the Cutlass lineup and provides a great place for a contrasting pinstripe to really dress things up. There's also plenty of chrome, all of which is in excellent shape, with the roof rack showing some minor pitting but other than that, it's pretty impressive.
The parchment interior is bright, spacious, and ready to hit the road for a family trip. We're guessing that it's been reupholstered, since it's just too nice to be 50 years old, but on the other hand, it looks quite correct and this is obviously a car that's led a good life. There are some very minor signs of use, but no split seams or tears in the upholstery, and all three rows are correctly finished with factory-style materials and patterns. There's also contrasting dark tan carpet throughout the interior, which shows no fading or heavy wear, mostly because there are heavy-duty mats keeping it protected. The driver gets a sporty three-spoke steering wheel and a pair of round instrument pods that cover only the basics of speed and fuel level, so someone has added a set of white-faced auxiliary gauges under the dash. There's also a working AM/FM radio and you just can't beat the view from those awesome roof-mounted windows. There's also an impressive amount of space in back, even with the third-row seat in use.
Oldsmobile used a potent 330 cubic inch V8 throughout the Cutlass lineup and it's fat torque curve makes this wagon surprisingly quick around town and a superlative high-speed cruiser on the highway. It's nicely detailed with Oldsmobile Gold paint on the valve covers and the traditional bright red air cleaner assembly with "Jetfire" decal. It starts easily and purrs smoothly at idle, and thanks to a fresh dual exhaust system with glasspacks and dual Flowmasters, it's got a nice rumble that never gets annoying. A TH400 3-speed automatic is durable and there are highway-friendly gears out back, making this a great choice for road trips. It's pretty original underneath, so don't expect shiny and perfect, but there is no evidence that this car spent any time in winter weather and it looks quite solid indeed. Power steering and power brakes make it an effortless car to drive and the 205/70/14 whitewall radials on the original wheels and wire wheel covers give it the perfect vintage suburban look.
If you like wagons, you're going to love this Olds. If you're not a wagon guy, it's OK, but maybe you should see what all the fuss is about. This is an awesome family hauler! Call now!