Tissue Holder Included: 1967 Olds Vista Cruiser

This 1967 Oldsmobile Vista Cruiser is on offer from just the second owner, who has maintained the car to a high standard. It left the factory as a very well-optioned example, and it seems the first owner checked nearly every box Рeven the factory tissue holder affixed to the dash! The Olds has been painted, at which point it shed the original woodgrain trim. Find it here on craigslist listed for $14,000, and thanks to Barn Finds reader FordGuy1972 for the find.

The wagon is equipped with the optional third row seat, making this a classic you can live with every day if you’ve got people to haul. Inside, the seller notes the front and middle seats were re-upholstered and that the headliner is like new; there’s no mention of the carpets, so I’d assume those are original. The interior is loaded with other features, like a power tailgate window, AM radio with FM convertor, power steering and brakes, and the aforementioned tissue dispenser.

The dash appears uncracked in this photo, and while new upholstery is a good thing, I don’t love that it doesn’t match the third row. This looks like some sort of cloth/vinyl combo, whereas the third row is still full vinyl. Regardless, it’s a minor point in the grand scheme of things. The door panels appear to be mint, and there’s little reason to doubt the seller’s claim that this Oldsmobile has been loved since new.

The engine is the Jetfire Rocket V8, paired to the Turbo Hydra-Matic automatic transmission. Other maintenance noted includes a full brake system refresh, new radiator, and four decent tires. Otherwise, this seems like a case of a car that’s been maintained for most its life and just had periodic updates since then. The original bill of sale and Protect-O-Plate are also included, another indication of this being a well-loved wagon.

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  1. JOHN

    A jeweler in the town I grew up in had one in a very similar color, I think a bit lighter, but it was equipped with buckets, console and a 4 speed with the SS1 wheels. Alway liked that car.

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  2. Bob C.

    At first I thought the 2 speed ST300 was the only transmission available for this year. But, upon further reading, I found the Turbo 400 was also available with wagons.

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    • Jim22

      Yes they do I have a 330 Quadrajet with 3 speed automatic.

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      • Joe Padavano

        Just FYI, that three speed isn’t really a TH400. It’s the TH375, used in the small block Vista and Delmont. It’s a TH400 case but with light duty parts inside and the smaller output shaft used on the Jetaway.

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      • Marty Parker

        The TH375 didn’t appear until 1972. This Wagon would have a TH400 variable pitch transmission.

      • Joe Padavano

        The TH375 (based on the TH400) was used from the mid-60s to the early 1970s. The TH375B, which was a beefed up TH350, was released in 1972. Do not confuse the two.

        I’ll add that both the 1967 Assembly Manual and the Oldsmobile factory parts book confirms this. The TH375 was used in both the Vista and the Delmont 88 with the small block.

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      • Marty Parker

        I don’t have a 67 assembly manual or an Olds parts book but I do have a pretty good memory to rely on plus many car magazines and books from that era, including Motors and Chiltons repair manuals. I don’t remember, nor can I find, any reference to a GM TH375 prior to 1972. There was a 375 “Slim Jim” transmission used in Oldsmobile and some Pontiac’s from 61-64.

      • Joe Padavano

        I DO have Assembly Manuals and Parts Books and factory Chassis Service Manuals and a host of other factory (not Chiltons or other third party) documents from 1957-1985. I also owned a 1968 Vista that had a TH375. The easy way to tell is to look at the output shaft. The 375 uses the small output shaft and yoke as used on the Jetaway.

  3. local_sheriff

    At least today, very few mid60s Vistas pop up for sale. Seems ’70-’72s are much more common?
    I can understand why the wood panels were removed but I would possibly believe most prospective Vista buyers would rather see them on? Pricing may be a bit optimistic at this time of year still probably not too far off due to its rarity. Great to see original invoice is present

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  4. Miguel Member

    I really miss my 1967 Vista Cruiser. I hope to have another one some day.

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  5. Cargirl

    He got rid of the wood grain trim. The travesty.

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  6. Car Nut Tacoma

    Beautiful looking car. The only thing I don’t appreciate is the aftermarket gauge cluster underneath the dash, next to the ashtray. I’ve never liked warning lights for gauges, but I also don’t like aftermarket gauges. I would think there’d be someone who produces gauge clusters with proper needle gauges that would fit in where the origin warning lights were.

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    • Joe Padavano

      Olds offered an optional Rally Pac for 1967 that went in the RH opening in the dash. They are rare and expensive if you can find one.

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    • JOHN

      Dakota Digital makes a line called RTX available for a lot of cars, I think I am going to install a set in my El Camino SS. I also have a 67 Cutlass Supreme convertible with a LS engine, 9″ rear, etc… it has a set of Autometer gauges that were installed in the bezels, it fits pretty well. It is a speedo and a quad gauge setup, but no tach. The RTX stuff is really nice stuff, but pricey!

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  7. jeff51 Member

    no air!

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  8. leiniedude leiniedude Member

    Pretty cool, original owner left a ten dollar deposit!

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  9. Mark

    Perfect car / good price
    I have 1987 Oldsmobile wagon custom cruiser – perfect old American made car.
    Super cars

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  10. scrappy 67 Member

    I love it, 67 is a great year!! Too much for my blood but I would buy it in a second if I had he money.

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  11. Little_Cars Little_Cars Member

    I would surmise that for $14k those “four decent tires” oughta be Michelins. A horizontal shot of the engine bay from the front of the car is a bit off-putting too — rust, exposed wires, old hoses, etc. A detail on that engine bay would bring home the bigger bucks. Still, I love the 65-67 Vista Buick and Olds over the later ones.

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