I really hate to be a classic car vulture, but when I see an advertisement like this next one, I feel a tingle on the back of my featherless head. All of these cars are offered for basic sub $7k asking prices and all seem to be not more than a good weekend of wrenching away from driving home. Because that is the dream — fly in to buy a car for cheap in a distant town, fix it on the side of the road and drive it home. Find this collection of “Antique Car sell offs” for $3700-to-$6900, 70s Vista Cruiser, 71 Ranchero, 62 Jaguar MkX, 87 BMW 325, 86 Corvette, 71 Checker Marathon, in Emeryville, CA via craigslist. Tip from Jeff.
The Oldsmobile Vista Cruiser was the corporate twin to the Buick SportWagon and part of GM’s A-body platform that included the Buick Special, Olds Cutlass, Pontiac Grand Prix, Pontiac Tempest, and Chevrolet Chevelle. Imagine GM running a sedan platform with seven different variants in today’s environment? Hah! Anyway, this next Vista Cruiser is not a bad looking piece of automotive architecture, looks well equipped (power brakes, power steering, AC, etc) and is a personal favorite of a few of the DT gearheads. Find this 1965 Oldsmobile Vista Cruiser offered for $17,500 in Mesa, AZ via craiglist. Get some spare vitsa roof glass pieces in Pueblo when you pick up the car — you won’t find those at your local safelite franchise. Tip from Rock On!
There is a Ren & Stimpy song that goes something like this; It’s log, it’s log; It’s big, it’s heavy, it’s wood; It’s log, it’s log, it’s better than bad, it’s good. Now, I don’t know how long its been since I’d seen that episode of Ren & Stimpy (decades, for sure), but for some reason […]
It might not be the preferred Buick Sportwagon version, but this A-Body Vista Cruiser has the awesome skylight windows and all of the classic style you’ll ever need for a weekend family classic. Find this 1965 Oldsmobile Vista Cruiser offered for $16,000 in Detroit, MI via craigslist. Tip from FuelTruck. From the seller: 1965 Olds Vista […]
Before SUV’s were plugging up driveways around America and taking flack for global warming, there was another vehicle contributing to hydrocarbon depletion en masse. Enter the station wagon. Considered the first design to transcend the standard family hauler, they came in multiple configurations depending on your needs. Some even provided the ability to grow […]
Our tips box has been filled with fantastic tips recent (thanks everybody!) but we got a fantastic one in the form of this 1969 Oldmobile Vista Cruiser from regular tipper/commenter Andy L, offered for $6,000 in Fremont, NE via craigslist. The best part was that his note was a great summary of the car, so […]
The Oldsmobile Vista Cruiser, its Buick Sport Wagon sibling, Chevelle Wagon, and Tempest Wagon cousins are becoming collectable as cool rides for large families or people who need an occasional trip to the hardware store. Heck, even some examples are driven by people who don’t need the space, but just want the halo of cool […]
Substance, collectibility, timeless style, utility, and skylights! What’s not to love about the Oldsmobile’s classic Vista Cruiser? While the second generation of Olds’ family truckster was popularized by mind-altered teens on That ’70s Show, the first is a bit cleaner, a bit classier and just as cool in its own way. It’s a GM A-body so […]
The first generation Vista Cruiser featured a unique skylight for the rear seat passengers and a raised rear roof section above the 3rd row passengers. Today’s market for Vista Cruisers and the similar skylight equipped GM siblings is all over the place, but good examples fetch decent money and rusty pits are worth scrap value. […]
The Oldsmobile Vista Cruiser, its Buick Sport Wagon sibling and Chevelle Wagon, Tempest Wagon cousins are becoming collectable as cool rides for large families or people who need an occasional trip to the hardware store. Prices for nice examples are on the rise and today’s Vista Cruiser really stands out as a good deal. Find […]