Worth Restoring? 1967 Oldsmobile Cutlass Wagon

1967. The year of the first Super Bowl. The year of the Apollo 1 fire. The year the first Boeing 737 took flight. The year the controversial Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour debuted on CBS. And the year that Oldsmobile built 4,376 Cutlass station wagons like the one for sale. The Cutlass model hadn’t hit its stride yet but would with the highly-successful 1968-72 generation to follow. This 1967 wagon (not a Vista Cruiser) was found under a tree in Sedona, Arizona and is available here on eBay where just an opening bid of $1,000 has been made.

The Cutlass was named after a type of sword, was part of the Oldsmobile line-up for nearly 40 years and turned out to be one of its best-selling cars. It started out in 1961 as a unibody compact but achieved enormous success later as a body-on-frame intermediate. The Cutlass would carry Oldsmobile’s muscle car torch from the ‘60s into the ‘80s. The second-generation Cutlass was produced between 1964-67 and that final year was the first that front disc brakes could be ordered. When V-8 power was specified, it was the 330 cubic-inch unit that produced 250 hp and most likely paired with the Oldsmobile two-speed Jetaway automatic transmission.

The seller located this 1967 Cutlass station wagon in the dry climate of Arizona, which is probably the reason that most of the rust appears to be surface. We’re told the car has not run in five years as the series of photos show the wagon backed up to a concrete wall under a tree before being loaded on a trailer. I’m trying to determine if the wagon has been repainted and – if it was – did a color change take place as I can’t find this shade of blue in a 1967 Olds paint chart. The seller provides several pics taken of the undercarriage at ground level and there is daylight to be seen, so even with a couple of flat tires, the body wasn’t sitting directly in the dirt.

Looking inside the car, the interior has probably fared worse than the body. There are covers over the seats, which likely means the original upholstery has gone south. The door panels and rear storage area look pretty forlorn and there is an aftermarket cover over the dash, which was either there to protect it from the sun or cover up existing cracks. The mileage claimed is a little short of 90,000, so the wagon was clearly well used. While the windshield is cracked, the rest of the glass may be okay.

The 330 V-8 under the hood is said to turn over, but just not run. So perhaps it can be coaxed back to life with a good tune-up and cleansing of the fuel system. There is no mention as to why the car was parked five years ago, so the trouble may lie elsewhere. It was a reasonably well-optioned car for the day, with power steering and brakes as well as factory air conditioning.

Hagerty suggests the top end on a “regular” 1967 Cutlass is $20,000, whereas if it were a Vista Cruiser, it would be worth 50% more. Station wagons have come into fashion with collectors, but light body work, paint and a new interior are going to be needed in addition to fixing whatever mechanical unknows will be found. Considering that only one low bid has been submitted, I’m guessing that many of the 100 folks looking at this vehicle on eBay are thinking parts car.

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Comments

  1. GCS Member

    That is in really good shape. I figured it was rusted out but not bad….neat.

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  2. Kenneth Carney

    Great place to start building. Shouldn’t take much to get ‘er running again. If
    you can’t, there’s a boatload of 350s out
    there looking for a place to call home.
    Pair it with a Turbo 350 trans and you’re
    on your way. And if it doesn’t have disc
    brakes on it, add ’em. You, your spouse,
    or significant other will be glad you did.
    Any local upholstery shop can stitch you
    up a really nice interior with the patterns the old seat covers will provide. Rusty
    floors? Take ‘er down to the metal workers before you lay the rugs and wire
    in a killer sound system to keep the family entertained on those long road
    trips. That’s what I’d do with it if it were
    mine.

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  3. Dave

    You forgot to mention Rowan and Martin’s Laugh-In. My father loved the Smos Bros but he wouldn’t let us watch Laugh In. We had a 1965 Vista Cruiser that he hated because of the two speed transmission, it always smelled like gas inside, and it was top heavy. I liked it because I could see the stars in between the streetlights.

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  4. Maestro1 Member

    A good start for a big project, for those of us Olds enthusiasts. The Color is not Oldsmobile, which would have been Lucerne Blue, I think on the bottom. I think you really have to like this car to spend which it required to make it a decent driver, let alone a competitor in its market. I think the bidders are correct if the thing is stalled at $1000.00. It’s not worth much more.

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  5. Paolo

    Looks good enough for me and if the price doesn’t go much higher so much the better. Having owned numerous 67s and 65s including a wagon I know them pretty well. This one was probably solid white originally. Air conditioning was very popular on 67s, every one I owned had it. I still have 3 Frigidaire compressors to dispose of.

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  6. CCFisher

    Olds offered a Bimini Blue in 1967 that appears to be close to this color.

  7. TimM

    This car looks savable!! If it was anywhere other then Arizona it may not be but the dry climate preserve it like a mummy in the desert!! Buy it right and get it on the road again!!

  8. bone

    The blue paint looks like the same shade of blue that any car that was repainted blue got back in the 1980s

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