1977 Oldsmobile Custom Cruiser Survivor!

Originally with a single owner in Connecticut, this 1977 Oldsmobile Custom Cruiser Station Wagon has now moved to Rancho Cucamonga, California for the last few years. The seller is asking $7,499 for this large, wood cruiser that has 59,000 miles. Sadly, the car has a salvage title due to some “small cosmetic damage” and no VIN is listed either. Thank you, dirtyharry, for the tip. You can take a closer look at this wagon here on Craigslist.

1977 Oldsmobile Vista Cruiser Station Wagon

Powering this 4,000-pound boat is a 403 cubic-inch V8 engine that is connected to a 3-speed Turbo 350 automatic transmission. Service items and general maintenance have been performed including new front brakes, new tires, new ignition parts, an alignment, rear wheel cylinders, brake and radiator flushes, new spark plugs, cap and rotor, transmission service, and a new air filter. The car also has working “Level-Ride” air shocks controlled by a dial in the glove box.

1977 Oldsmobile Vista Cruiser Station Wagon

Inside is an original interior. The air conditioning blows cold thanks to a conversion to R134. According to the listing, the car is equipped with an electric trailer brake controller installed on the drive side of the car. The “Level-Ride” is intended to adjust the shocks for the weight of a load being hauled and is claimed to be working. They also note that the car has a great cargo area and the rear-facing seat has not been used much.

1977 Oldsmobile Vista Cruiser Station Wagon

Wood-paneled cars seem to be making a bit of a comeback. Even if they aren’t the most appealing, and might not be an investment, this car, for the condition it is in, has a fitting asking price. If it didn’t have some black marks on the title and have Probate documentation from Connecticut, it would be quite the gem. Then again, it still is, it is just the ever-annoying paperwork and questions you will get when trying to get it on the road legally.


  1. SMJ_Indy

    ’87 not a ’77

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    • SMJ_Indy

      eh … I guess I’m wrong on the year. It appears that it IS a ’77 … but not a Vista Cruiser … rather a Custom Cruiser.

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  2. Mark

    In the early 90s had the same 77 wagon in blue w/grain….. ride was smooth as silk. Nice car. GLWTS.

  3. Jeepster Jeepster

    If the author is already essentially only repeating the CL ad, he should at least get the facts right and not post a wrong model/title… 😒

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    • GMoparman

      Nice wagon, but the gangster whitewalls gave me a headache.

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  4. Michael Jacobs

    Tires are terrible but can be changed..but that interior..I have had a few wagons and dont recall that horrid brown..maybe they are seat covers…anyways,hes out to lunch on the price…

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  5. Grey Obrien

    This wagon seems to be very well equipped. But this makes no sense to me
    “Unfortunately the car has a salvage title now due to small cosmetic damage on the passenger side“

  6. Michael Dawson

    Unless there is unseen rust, or the door damage repair was not up to par, I can’t see why it’s not worth the asking price. With the recently upswing in wagon popularity, and considering its condition and relative rarity, this wagon won’t last long on the market and should command close to asking price.

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    • Michael Jacobs

      Im just saying if that interior has been monkeyed with and been redone in wrong material thats thousands to put back or try and find the correct interior at a yard..which would be a bugger…and $500 for a proper set of new tires…

      • Sev Pearman

        Me? I’d just re-mount the rubber, whitewall side in.
        $100 and yer rollin’

  7. George Mattar

    To all you dudes om here who know nothing about Oldsmobiles, this could be a 77, 78 or 79. I owned this exact color combo Custom Cruiser. Bought from orig owner for $1,500 in 1986. Never gave me any trouble. Then one day, my wife asked use my Monte Carlo SS to drive to Virginia to see her ailing sister. About a 300 mile round trip. This was in 1993. She sensed something wrong with the car. She was right. A week later trans went. We traded it for a mint 87 Caprice Estate. I miss both cars. The 79 had a 350 engine. Easy to work on. Todays cars suck.

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  8. Rustytech Member

    I had a 77 Delta 88 coupe with the 403 Olds V8. It was a rocket, and one of the better cars I have owned. This is a nice looking wagon, but about $2k over priced, especially with a salvage title. You don’T get that flag on a title for “minor” cosmetic damage.

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    • Duaney Member

      Actually today’s insurance companies will total a car for minor cosmetic damage. I have two of them right now, a Nissan that needed headlight trim and a slight dent on the fender, and a Cadillac Seville with similar damage. Both totaled by insurance companies. If the insurance can’t order a new fender, and new headlight door, they won’t spend time looking for good used parts.

  9. Stevieg Member

    In the state where I reside, if the repair cost to a damaged vehicle exceeds 75% of its value, it is totaled. If there is a claim that does not total the car, then the title reads “insurance claim paid”.
    My sister purchased a car for her teenage son. It has a “salvage” title, but in the state she lives in (2000 miles away from me), all it takes is damage that in my state would have the title marked “claim paid”. It depends on the state.
    This is definitely a 1977, unless the front nose/header panel was replaced. 1978 & 1979 were a little different, ango and up were even more different.
    Nice looking car, but inspect thoroughly. I would drive it…with different tires. Those are not just “butt ugly”, they are “hairy butt ugly” lol. At least on that car.

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