UPDATE 1/23/13 – After bidding topped out around 12k a few times, the seller has decided to re-list the car with no reserve.
From 10/25/12 – Looking at this 1971 Oldsmobile Custom Cruiser, you would think it’s just been restored. In reality this car was parked in the original owner’s garage for 38 years and is completely original. About a year ago, their son pulled it from the garage and put it for sale. The second owner has decided to let someone else enjoy this survivor. If you’ve been looking for a big family wagon with a big V8, this one can be found here on eBay.
It is obvious that this family wagon was used, but well maintained. During the ’70s, few cars were given rust protection from the factory, so customers could pay to have their car treated with Ziebart. Shortly after purchasing the car, the owner had it coated, which would help explain why it’s in such great shape.
The Custom Cruiser was the largest family wagon in the Oldsmobile lineup and could easily carry the whole family in comfort. With 86,000 miles on the odometer, it’s hard to believe that this is the original interior, but the seller claims it is. The previous owner’s son claims they only used it for family vacations and was otherwise parked in the garage.
This big wagon weights nearly 5,400 lbs. and needed a big engine to push it around. To hurtle it down the highway, Oldsmobile stuffed their 455 cui V8 into it. The Rocket V8 was offered with as much as 400 hp, but we would guess this is the 280 hp unit. The seller still has all the service records and just recently had the A/C system serviced. They claim everything is in working order and that the car is ready to be driven.
These were popular cars for demolition derbies, so there aren’t many left in this kind of condition. This would make for an interesting family hauler, but it definitely won’t be easy on the wallet when you pull up to the gas pump. The seller’s reserve has yet to be reached and we aren’t sure what a wagon in this condition is really worth. How much do you think would be a realistic asking price?