Wood As New: 1988 Oldsmobile Custom Cruiser

Station wagons have certainly gotten some attention in the last few years. Here’s an attention getter, a 1988 Oldsmobile Custom Cruiser in great condition that’s for sale here on eBay and is located in New Holland, Pennsylvania. Its great condition could probably be attributed to the fact that it never hauled kids to school or soccer practice!

The Custom Cruiser had an interesting beginning. It was custom ordered, but it took so long to be built and delivered, that the customer apparently lost patience and meanwhile bought another car. Apparently when it came in, the customer couldn’t resist and bought it anyway. However, he/she put less than 1,000 miles on the station wagon and sold it to an elderly couple with no children. The couple kept the Oldsmobile for 20 years in a garage between outings and sold it to the current owner.

This beautiful car has many miles, but they certainly don’t show. The current mileage is 120,000. The only thing that keeps this car from being original is a new headliner, and of course I’m sure, normal maintenance items like batteries and tires. The windshield wipers are currently not working, the rear bumper filler is cracked, and a couple of dings and scratches exist as well.

This station wagon listed for $18,662 when new and included the 1SE option package for $1,857 which included options like power windows, power door locks, wire wheel covers and rear air deflector. The woodgrain paneling was a separate option and appears to be in good condition without any fading. Another option was the front cornering lights, which is one of my favorite options you don’t find on new cars anymore. The 5.0-liter V8 4-bbl engine was standard and produced 140 hp.

It also has the rear facing third seat. With the second and third seats folded down, there is 87.2 cubic feet of cargo space. That’s almost as much as a 2018 Chevrolet Tahoe’s cargo space. This was accomplished by remaining on the rear wheel drive platform adopted on full sized GM B body cars introduced in 1977, while the Oldsmobile Delta 88 had moved to the H body platform in 1986.

The seller says it looks like no one ever sat in the rear seats, but it looks like no one ever sat in the driver’s seat as well. There is no rust, so there should not be too many issues to deal with. Current bid is at $3,300, but the reserve is not met. What would this nice Oldsmobile Custom Cruiser be worth to you?

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  1. Scott

    I rode in that back seat, facing backwards as a kid. Between that and the exhaust hitting you in the face when you stopped at traffic lights I don’t have any fond memories of the Custom Cruiser. The rear window had to be open because the A/C didn’t reach that far back.

  2. jw454

    Nice looking people mover but, I get the impression the seller thinks it’s his retirement nugget.

  3. TMD

    Needs a 403…

    • ACZ

      Needs a 455

  4. Maestro1 Member

    If the price gets right jump on it. Put a timing chain in it and you’ll get another 50,000 with very little grief. Nice car.

  5. RobB

    I bought an 85 from a Goodwill auction 2007 and used it to tow my race car (79 T/A). I paid $600 for it, put a battery in it and it started right up. Between the car and the trailer, I was towing about 4,000 lbs. didn’t have any problems and even got a speeding ticket on the way to the track. LOL After about 3 years, sold it for $2500. That lil 307 4 barrel did alright. Also used it to carry some of my basketball kids to and from games. I really enjoyed that car.


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