Wood Applique Survivor: 1977 Oldsmobile Custom Cruiser

Nothing quite says the 70’s like bright colored earth tone colors. This bright and shiny ’77 Oldsmobile Custom Cruiser is a beauty having only covered 55,000 miles in its lifetime. As close to mint as you would hope for, this Olds survivor is offered for $7,999. Find it here on craigslist out of Medway, Massachusetts. Thanks to Reader Rocco B. for another awesome wagon submission!

Beneath the long hood lies a 350 cubic inch V8 that is equipped with all of the goodies you could ask for in a classic wagon. Air conditioning, power steering, power brakes, and an automatic transmission. Taking a closer look under the hood shows a clean and rust free engine and bay. The seller mentions this wagon is original, and numbers matching for those of you who are wagons collectors.

Although extremely clean and well maintained, there are no detailed photos of the front portion of the interior. Although I would assume the seller to point out any faults with this car if there were any. From what can be seen, the interior is gorgeous with no apparent flaws. The dash is beautiful, and even the plastic over the gauges hasn’t succumbed to cracking. Thankfully the factory radio remains instead of a modern unit improperly installed. The door panels are like NOS units, with no evidence of someone resting their elbow on the arm rests. The back seat area looks more like a brochure image, than the reality of this clean wagon.  If you are on the hunt for a Custom Cruiser, this may be your dream come true!

Orange and faux wood, this Oldsmobile has an interesting color combination that certainly stands out. The paint and body work look excellent with no apparent flaws, or damage. There is no rust what so ever to be seen indicating this wagon missed a lot of precipitation by living indoors. Although a bit corny, the wood applique is firmly attached to this wagon with no areas peeling off. This may not be your number one dream wagon on your list of dream wagons, but this Olds is a very nice surviving example with a brilliant paint scheme, and a clean interior. With a wagon in this condition it seems hard to use it for family outings, and other events. What would you do with this wagon, make use of it, or treat it like a true classic with only occasional outings?


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  1. Joe Nose

    Interesting but at maybe half that price.

  2. rando


  3. Howard A Member

    Even though, at the time, interest for big wagons was fading, GM still had a handle on what it took to move the family across town or across the country. These were great cars, but few looked like this. They were trashed, puked in, hauled plywood ( I know, I say that every time with these big wagons, but that’s what my old man did with his wagons), and whatever else families dished out. Pulled boats, campers, you name it, without a complaint. And there’s no reason this car can’t still do those things. Great find of an American icon, the Oldsmobile station wagon.

    • CJay

      My old man used his like a truck around between our farm, sawmill and logging sites. It reeked of diesel fuel, 90 weight gear oil and cigarettes.
      If you rode in it your clothes smelled just as bad.
      But station wagons were the original family trickster!

  4. Jack Homen

    I distinctly remember Motor Trend saying the fake wood grain was so bad that even fake termite wouldn’t eat it. As a teenager I found this to be hilarious.

  5. Fred W.

    If you had told me in 1985 that this thing would be anywhere near collectible I would have said you were certifiably insane. Now, I even get a twinge of nostalgia myself for the old girl.

  6. Buddy Ruff

    Perfect for autumn tailgating in Stillwater, OK. Go Pokes!

  7. Rod

    Very nice find. If I was looking for a wagon this one would be up there at the top of my list. They were good cars and this one appears to be in great shape. The price doesn’t scare me when you consider the shape it’s in. I would rather pay more for something that’s been well taken care of than half the price and have a car that takes work and money.

  8. nessy

    Gotta love those Oldsmobiles. I like everything about this wagon except it’s not loaded with options. The only option looks to be air. Crank windows and am radio. Not right in an Olds. Even the woodgrain was a no cost feature. Either you liked it or not.


    What’s funny to me is back in the day you wouldn’t be caught dead in your parents wagon. Only dorks drove they’re parents wagon around, but that didn’t stop us all from piling in and going for joy rides or to the drive in.
    My buddies dad had a 72 chevy wagon and we drove the hell out of that thing. We also destroyed it piling 20 kids at a time in it. Lots of memories and good times.
    These are very nostalgic for that reason but it’s still not cool to me and I wouldnt drive one, but i’d be a passenger.

  10. Chebby

    How do you know it’s a 350 and not a 403? Seller doesn’t say. I can’t believe I think this thing is sweet, but I totally dig it.

    • nessy

      It’s so stripped down with no options except air so the chances of this car having the optional 403 is about 1%, well, maybe 2%.

  11. Abby
  12. RJ

    Great wagon. The color is outstanding. Though I never liked the headlight, parking/turning light configuration on these. The 80s front end treatment was much more handsome.

  13. Joe Varley

    I have the 1978 twin to this one,Medium Camel Metallic color,tan interior, less the wood grain. It does have air, stereo, 403, power windows, locks, and seat plus some other minor options. Love it. Still runs great, and plan to drive it to the Olds National Meet in Albuquerque this summer!

  14. RoselandPete

    We had the 78 version of this wagon with a 403. I’m surprised that there aren’t rust bubbles under the “wood.”

  15. Rolf Poncho 455

    A 350ci is to small for this big wagon don’t u think? Needs at leest a 403 to 455

  16. Boris

    Griswald Family Truckster! Paint it green!

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