Welcome to another Hooniverse Weekend, and here is a car that generated a lot of email chatter between the editors for the past couple of days. Yes, it is a Station Wagon built during the Malaise Era. Yea, it’s from an orphan brand which makes it even more desirable. But the comments between the staff were based on the fact that if you want something like this in today’s environment, you would have to spend at least Sixty Grand, and even then it wouldn’t have the presence that this car has. Come and explore this 1973 Oldsmobile Custom Cruiser Wagon…
According to the listing:
Here up for bids on eBay is this very well preserved 1973 Oldsmobile Custom Cruiser station wagon. This was a one owner car for 38 years until it was acquired by a collector last year. Always garaged, the car is in an incredible state of preservation – it wears all original paint, glass, chrome and trim – and all of it is in excellent condition.
The car is well optioned; it has A/C, cruise control, 3rd seat, tinted glass, tilt wheel, power tailgate and a roof rack. On top of it all it’s powered by the mighty 455 Rocket motor. To say that the car has long legs is an understatement, this is definitely a highway cruiser that has power to spare. The survival rate on these clamshell GM wagons was low, as they aged the combination of the big block motor and beefy wagon construction made them a favored choice for demolition derbies. Among the survivors still out there, excellent examples are rare. Here’s a chance to own a really stellar example of a 70’s icon, the classic American Station Wagon.
Having original paint eliminates a lot of guesswork about a car’s past, what you see it what you get. This car presents extremely well, you can tell it’s been garaged and cared for. Finished in “Cranberry Red Poly” the paint still shows good gloss with no faded or baked out areas. The body panels on this big barge are unbelievably straight, just very impressive in person. There are ZERO rust issues anywhere – no bubbling, no blistering, no problems. The car rides on a set of nearly new Hankook Optimos.
Body panel fit is excellent throughout, all doors close with a precise ‘click’. The woodgrain siding is in terrific condition with no peeling or fading anywhere. This wagon always seems to draw people in to talk about it, and most of them have a story about “the one they had growing up” (even if it wasn’t a Oldsmobile!). The sheer size of this wagon sets it apart from the plastic econoboxes you see today. At 19 feet long and weighing in at over 5000 lbs, GM wasn’t kidding when they labeled these “full size”.
The roof rack is in terrific condition. These wagons were designed by styling guru Bill Mitchell. They may not be as iconic as his split window Corvette, but they definitely have their own look. The clamshell tailgate was introduced into the GM lineup in 1971. For those that have never witnessed a clamshell tailgate in operation, it’s pretty trick. The glass slides up into the roof, and the bottom panel disappears beneath the car. I’ve heard just as many “wows” from adults as I have from kids when operating it. In the 4th photo you’ll notice the “Ziebart” sticker.
This is a very detailed listing for a car that I think is truly incredible. This is a reserve auction, and with over two days to go the top bid is $13,800. The Clamshell Wagons from Chevrolet, Buick, Pontiac and Oldsmobile were all interesting in their day, but the top spec Oldsmobiles and Buicks were the “Luxury SUV” of this time period. They had a presence that their rivals didn’t have (Like The Ford Country Squire, Mercury Colony Park, and Chrysler Town & Country). So the question is this… What do you think of this wagon, and would you aspire to own one? See the listing here: 1973 Oldsmobile Custom Cruiser Wagon