Perhaps this is your personal pot of gold at the end of the rainbow? I love me some big ol’ ‘Merican wagon, myself! This very original 1970 Catalina is available here on craigslist in Orange County, California for the bargain price of $2,000, complete with one curb feeler in place!
That’s a lot of sheet metal! The seller tells us that there is a lot of surface rust, as you can see, but no rust through. It’s nice to see a car like this in its original paint, so you know there’s nothing hiding under body work. As the odometer is showing 21,000 miles, we can safely assume it’s at least 121,000, possibly 221,000. In either case, it’s not really relevant. This wagon is all about moving stuff from one place to another. The seller has done some work for you already in that all four brakes and tires have just been replaced. I can’t help but feel I would have gone with whitewalls as being more appropriate, but perhaps you would restomod this a little? Not me.
I wish we could read the decal to the left of the auto association decal to learn a bit more about this wagon’s history. The seller has, but is not including, NOS tail lights and a roof rack, should you wish to negotiate a little. By the way, I found a reference online to the step feature only being on the third seat models, so there may well be a seat under that flat floor in back.
I wish the seller had seen fit to include an under hood view, but apart from it having a V8, we’re not sure what is under there. They do say that it runs “fair”, fires right up due to a HEI (High Energy Ignition) conversion and has a transmission leak, so you’ll have some work in front of you. I wish this one were close to me so that I could check it out. Is this your pot ‘o gold at the end of the rainbow?