Where Are They Coming From? 1966 Olds Vista Cruiser

Back in February, Josh posted about a 1966 Oldsmobile Vista Cruiser with pictures in the same location. I’m guessing it’s the same seller although I can’t access the old auction listing to find out. This car looks even nicer than that one, although I’m sure it’s been refurbished a lot. It’s for sale here on eBay, with bidding currently at $10,000 with no reserve. It’s located in Sarasota, Florida.

As I’ve written before, I have several memories of riding in friends’ parents’ Vista Cruisers and wondering why all non-convertible cars didn’t have the great extra windows in the roof! It was cool watching clouds go by through the windows. This car looks really great, and we’re told those are Montgomery Ward whitewall tires. Since they went out of business in 2001, you might want to look at some replacement rubber.

Just look at that view! This is something you won’t see in anything other than the Buick and Oldsmobile wagons that had the glass roof panels. Nice headliner too!

The rear cargo area looks as nice as any I’ve seen. I should note now that it’s much nicer than the same spot in the February car, which had a pretty good amount of hyperbole in the ad. It’s obvious the seller thinks a lot of this car, too, but I’m inclined not to argue. It really does look nice.

I would be very surprised if this is the original interior, but it sure is sweet, isn’t it? I’m not sure I would choose a carpet that light for a car I was going to drive a lot, though. The three gauges tastefully added below the dash don’t bother me at all, either. I was looking for more information on Vista Cruisers and found this great video of a television ad for the 1966 version. I love it!

Here’s that 330 cubic inch V8 engine, which looks awfully nice as well.  So what do you think? Is a cruise to Sarasota to pick up this Cruiser in your future?

Fast Finds


  1. 86 Vette Convertible

    Now that’s Awesome! I’d drive that over a SUV any day.

    • Mark-A

      Much preferred to an SUV driving over the top of this!! 👍

  2. redwagon

    Seller claims it lacks nothing. I’m here to tell you that if it lacks ac you are going to wish it had something. Great Vista Windows but they make for a warm summer ride.

    The rear 3/4 and full on rear view look like the AMC wagon we saw earlier last week. There is a busy color scheme here with the white top, teal and woodgrain. For my taste 2 of 3 would have been better.

    Cool car.

  3. RJ

    WOW! What a beauty. No photos in the sunlight though?

  4. Dave O'Donnell

    What a beauty!!!

  5. racer99

    Looks like an iffy quality respray (look at the close-ups of the white roof paint around the windshield trim) and some bubbles already under the paint. Still probably a decent buy at this price if it’s a “climb in and go” classic. A full respray with trim removal would be a labor of love.

  6. Fred w.

    Add a vintage air system (many of which look just like the dealer aftermarket a/c of the time) and cruise Route 66!

  7. David Frank David F Member

    You can access the old listing by selecting either “view completed listings” or “view sold listings” in the left-hand column”

    This car was also listed last month and sold at $13,366 but I guess the winner didn’t pay.

    • leiniedude leiniedude Member

      Great info David, but I can’t find the old listing link. Is it on the ebay page? I have looked and see nothing. Thanks for any more help, Mike.

      • Olaf E

        Hi leiniedude, click on David’s links (info and other details below as usual) and then click on the picture so you can view the pictures. Works for me!

      • leiniedude leiniedude Member

        Thanks Olaf, maybe I misread the comment, ‘You can access the old listing by selecting either “view completed listings” or “view sold listings” in the left-hand column”. I thought there was a link on the ebay listing to see past sales of similar vehicles sold. Take care, Mike.

    • Dave White

      Not the same car, The one that was sold had dash air and a totally different interior.

  8. Rustytech Member

    WOW Jamie. I haven’t seen that view since I was about 9 years old! Thanks for bringing back such a fond memory.

  9. RoselandPete

    It looks like somebody already dropped a bundle restoring it.

  10. Tom Driscoll

    Same seller maybe? Looks like primo VC! Beautiful car

  11. Tom Driscoll

    No comparison to the recently featured eagles?

  12. Jim W.

    If the engine is the high compression you are looking at 320 horse power. I had a 66 4 door with the 330 and it was very fast.

  13. Skip

    Nice wagon. Unusual that it doesn’t have the split rear seat that most Vista Cruisers had. Because of the split rear seats, they were very popular with ambulance services back then. As I’ve mentioned on the board before, we had a ’65 VistaCruiser ambulance that was specifically built as an ambulance, with the main part of the rear seat removed, leaving only the jump seat, and platform built for the cot to roll in on. It originally served a large ambulance co. in Corpus Christi and then a small town in NW Texas. We bought it from the 2nd owners in 1974. It was a fast runner, too, and I still miss that old wagon.

  14. leiniedude leiniedude Member

    Sold for $ 11,800.00 with 45 bids.

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