Although this is not the family truckster from National Lampoon’s Vacation, you could easily pack your family into this excellent condition Pontiac Catalina Safari survivor. This big red beauty has only covered 42,200 miles in its 40 years of existence. Appearing nearly show room new inside and out, this family hauler is priced reasonably at $4,900. Find it here on craigslist out of Minneapolis, Minnesota. Thanks to our reader Rocco B. for the awesome vacation submission!
Hopefully you like red, as there is plenty of it, on and in this Pontiac. It is always surprising to see wagons with a nice interior. How many of you remember growing up with siblings and friends, where shenanigans happened, food and drinks were spilled, and who knows what else happened. With no evidence of abuse or heavy use, this interior is beautiful. Looking over the front of the cabin, there is no real damage to the interior other than a slightly faded steering wheel. Someone has added an aftermarket cup holder, but that would be easy to do away with.
The back seat area is just as nice as the front. It does appear that there are some minor wear marks on the seat bottom of the back seat, but otherwise it would appear that there were no childhood shenanigans that happened in the back seat of this wagon.
Looking in the cargo area reveals just how much junk you could easily fit into the back of this station wagon. A black matt has been added, as I suspect there are some condition issues with the original cargo area carpet. The plastic that lines the wheel wells and both sides of the cargo area are dry rotted, and are chipping. This is a common issue with old plastics.
With a wonderful luster, the exterior of this Pontiac looks wonderful. There is no visible rust, or damage of any kind on the exterior of this wagon. All of the trim is accounted for, and the chrome bits shine nicely. Power comes from a 301 Pontiac V8 backed by an automatic transmission. One of the great things about this wagon is that it is family friendly having factory air conditioning. A beautiful example of a late 1970’s wagon, this Pontiac seems like an awesome affordable family hauler. Would you take a National Lampoon style vacation in this Pontiac truckster?