In 1990, cars like this were a dying breed. The SUV and the minivan hadn't fully taken over suburban driveways yet, but big, rear-drive American wagons like were looking pretty damn old fashioned. And that's precisely what makes this car interesting today.
The second-generation Custom Cruiser was introduced in 1977 and was based on a significantly revised version of GM's venerable full-size, rear-drive B platform. It featured one of the last appearances of Oldsmobile's classic V8, which displaced 307 cubic-inches and here produces 140 hp and 255 lb-ft of torque. Oldsmobile replaced this Custom Cruiser in 1991, ditching its own V8 for a Chevy small block, but the model was axed in 1992 over tiny sales.
This particular car was owned by an Oldsmobile dealer who apparently only used it to drive his family to their vacation house. It was ordered with every option available and offers seating for eight. And today, that red velour interior presents beautifully—the car only has 83,000 miles on the clock, but it looks virtually brand new.
Today, this car is a remarkable find. After all, when was the last time you saw an old American wagon that was this clean? These cars were family haulers—many were used up and scrapped. Few were kept like collector cars.
Pegasus Classic Motor Corp in Walden, NY has this Custom Cruiser for $8000 or best offer. That seems reasonable for something that not only can haul a lot of people and stuff, but beautifully represents a bygone era.