I bet a few of you rode in one of these cars as a kid, or maybe you drove around your family around in one? This is a 1972 Oldsmobile Vista Cruiser and it’s arguably one of the most iconic station wagons ever made. Thanks to Pat L. for this submission! This car is listed on Hemmings with an asking price of $2,999 and it’s located in Ontario, California. That’s a great looking car for less than $3,000!
Ok, back to reality. In the first photo the car was just pressure-washed and in one of the photos there’s a person spraying the car as they’re taking photos. Strange. This car will need a lot of work inside and out, and most likely mechanically, but there is no mention of anything mechanically on this car at all other than the engine size. The seller says that there is no visible rust on this car which is always a welcome and rare thing to hear. I think there’s a bit of rust at the bottom of the RF fender, but I could be mistaken. And, unfortunately, there are also no engine photos. This seller has posted 47 photos, with 17 of them being detail photos with about half of those being blurry, totally indiscernible images, and yet there is not one engine photo. But, I digress..
This car really does look good, and those wheels are pretty desirable. I’m wondering if this car had the woodgrain on the bottom like most Vista Cruisers did and someone took it off and painted it years ago? Maybe that’s why that blue is a bit darker because it hasn’t faded as much as the paint above the trim line has? Or, maybe it wasn’t a perfect color match, or maybe they wanted it to be a little darker? Nobody knows and it doesn’t matter, I was just curious. I like the two-tone blue even though it’s usually a more contrasting pair of shades. Some photos show it like it’s faded more evenly so maybe it’s just fading from the top down, being a California car.
The interior will need some work. I can imagine that mice have been living and eating and doing other things in this car for years. It looks like the interior is somewhat solid but a lot of the fabrics and related soft goods may need to be replaced. This is a second-generation Vista Cruiser which is arguably the most iconic generation of these cars with the famous Vista Roof. That isn’t to say that the first-generation cars, which also had the Vista Roof, aren’t maybe even more rare and desirable, just that the 1968-1972 cars may be the generation that people think of when they hear “Oldsmobile Vista Cruiser”. The third-generation of Vista Cruisers, starting in 1973, didn’t have the famous Vista Roof which gives these cars it’s distinctive look. This VC has an Olds Rocket 350 V8 with 180 hp and it would have looked similar to this at one time in its life. Do you have any memories of riding in an Olds Vista Cruiser?