1967 Oldsmobile Vista Cruiser

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I've been scouring the island for a Skyroof-equipped Olds Vista Cruiser (or its Buick Sportwagon sibling) for many months now. I saw a very nice blue '67 at the Park Street Car Show last year, but I couldn't find the owner to ask about the car... and there's no way such an original '67 could possibly live on the street, right? Wrong! Alameda is laid out with a tight Victorian maze of tiny side streets and a car on such a street can hide right under my nose, as was the case with this wagon. For years, this car has parked less than two blocks from my house, just around the corner from the '68 Volvo P1800.

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When I started shooting photos, the owner came out to see what manner of weirdness was being inflicted on his wagon. As is almost always the case, once I explained the DOTS thing to him he was quite enthusiastic about showing off his car to the world, even opening doors and hood so I could get better photos.

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The interior has been semi-restored, but most of what you're seeing is original stuff. The 330 Olds engine is the original powerplant, of course.

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You could get a new '67 Vista Cruiser for $3,339, a few hundred bucks more than an Impala wagon and about the same as a Ford Country Squire.



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DISCUSSION

Showing this car really illustrates how todays cars are really bland and, well, flavorless. Yes, we have all manner of comfort and convenience items, and inevitably more reliable, and they are much safer, but something got lost with the transition from stylish members of the family, to Kenmore appliances.

Take the classic bench seat. We now demand individual bucket seats with a console because all the "sporty" cars had them. Now, even the cheapest vehicle available has buckets and a console. Look at the visibility of the Vista Cruiser, and I'm not talking about the sky windows either. Today's CUV's, SUV's, and 5 Doors have little of no rear visibility, with huge blind spots (I'm looking at you Cadillac with your CTS Based Wagon!). Even the Nameplate is classy, and not at all cheap looking like most of the vehicles today (on top of that, it's an actual name instead of just 3 letters like CTS, or MKZ).

Although this '67 is rather nice, I like the 68-72 versions better.