The seller of this Vista Cruiser claims it is one of the best original ones left out there. That’s quite the bold claim and I’m not sure it’s something we can prove either way. One thing is definite, this really is one nice Cruiser! We’ve looked a quite a few of these old family haulers over the years and most of the time they are ratty and tired, but this one still is shiny and looks ready to go on another family road trip. It’s claimed to have just 37k documented miles, so it should have plenty of life left in it. You can find it here on eBay in Sarasota, Florida with a current bid of $12k.
I really would love to hear the story of how this wagon has survived all these years with so few miles. Did the family only use it for road trips? Perhaps it was just too big and unwieldy to drive, so they parked it and got something smaller? We may never know, but thankfully it was protected from the elements.
While the paint and exterior do look original to me, I’m not so sure about the paint on the engine and exhaust. It maybe that someone decided to freshen the engine’s appearance up at some point with some bold and silver paint or it could be that someone rebuilt the engine and painted it before reinstalling, we don’t know. The seller claims that it is the original engine and that it runs great, so that is hopeful.
I’m a bit nervous about what rust might be lurking underneath that shiny body, but hopefully there isn’t anything serious. If this really is a car you could fly in and drive home, I would hope that means there isn’t any nasty rust hiding in the floors or frame, but that is something I would want to check into before bidding or buying a one way ticket to Sarasota. If it turns out to really be all original and in solid shape, it sure would be a cool machine to have! So what do you think, is this really the nicest all original Vista Cruiser