Part of me wants to nit pick and say this isn’t a “real” Vista Cruiser, because it lacks the requisite skylights. But I think by this time, the name was just a trim package on the standard wagon. Regardless, this specimen looks to be in fantastic shape, although the filler panels behind the bumpers are disintegrating (as to be expected on cars this age). Even as a kid, I never really liked the kooky creases on the doors of mid-70’s Oldsmobiles, and they don’t look any better covered in fake woodgrain. I’d gladly haul my ever-expanding family in the back of this thing, even if it does get barely double-digit fuel economy – probably why the seller wants a Geo Metro – and looks like someone tried to panel a small whale. I might even let the kids paint flowers on the side, slap a surfboard on the roof, and go with a Brady Bunch Hawaiian theme. Just watch out for the cursed tiki necklaces.
April 30, 2012
As Seen on Craigslist – 1973 Olds Vista Cruiser