Sunday, October 26, 2014

5k: That 70s Show: 1969 Oldsmobile Vista Cruiser

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 I'll just put it here:

Dear Staff at Daily Turismo,  Howdy.  Thought you all might be in the mood for a nice, old-school wagon today.  This one is particularly cool, as it is a "That 70s Show" doppelganger.  Wish the ad specified the size of the V8 in this car, this it is less relevant than it would be than in a Chevelle of the same year.  You will either get the not-too-slow with crappy gas-mileage small block, or a powerful-enough with abysmal gas-mileage big block. 

I never really understood the appeal of all the glass on top.  It seems to me that sunlight is not your friend in such a vehicle.  Unless you like to squint, get a lopsided tan or stare blankly at sky passing above, all the vista glass does is turn your car into a solar furnace while you are at the pool and turn the metal bits inside (like the seat-belt fasteners) into branding-irons. 
At any rate, it is a lot of car for the money and these seem to be getting more and more sought-after as hipsters begin having families.  This would be a great way to share your childhood experience with the next generation, and perhaps break from the SUV norm.  I would have to see it up close, but I have seen Vista Cruisers get much more money than this.  Cheers.  Andy

Well put Andy.  I couldn't have put it better I didn't even try.  Send in your tips!


  1. Pulling up to Joe's Stobe Crab on South Beach in this would likely qualify as more of an event than a(nother) Gallardo doing the same. Fitting, since the roast factor makes this a dedicated nocturnal cruise-about here in SoFla. Still, cool.

    1. Or StoNe, either one. But stobe crab is harder to find out of season.

  2. hanks for clarifying the stobe crab mystery. I thought I was going to have to make a road trip in search of the elusive crustacean. The Vista was/is a hot box here in TX also. No amount of AC is enough to just jump in and drive off on a good ol sweltering July or August day.

  3. Back when it was really, really hard to find a bad-looking GM car.

    These things were flat gorgeous, I'm trying to think of any recent real four-people-or-up car that's as attractive. Tesla Model S, E36, E38, E39 and some F10 BMWs, W220 E-class Benz, Maserati Quattroporte, not a lot else.

    1. I concur entirely with these sentiments on sedans. GM had some seriously good design staff pre-malaise era. Oddly enough, I sorta dig some of the 2005+ era (the aughts...what this car ought to look like...) design direction these days, Jagslong wheelbase XJs are nice looking, as are some things from Ford, like the Fusion, Lincoln MKZ , but I haven't seen much I like from GM (can't imagine how they have been able to sell a single new Impala), Acura (what happened to the guys who made the original Integra?...oh yeah, they are imprisoned by an evil batman who styles everything like a prop from a Tim Burton movie) Toyota (even the Lexus GS is UGLY - you ain't got no albi these days), Mercedes (MB design staff, what is up with the headlights? If my MBZ doesn't have vestigial Pontoon styling in the fenders, I don't want it...I'll buy a that Korean MB impersonator instead)...etc. Others I'm missing too..


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