Back when driver ergonomics were an afterthought at best, tilt columns were a luxury that was rarely seen in pedestrian level cars. For the most part, cars had a straight stick of a column with a set angle from the dash, and if the stock steering angle happened to create an uncomfortable driving position or be inconvenient for viewing the dash, well tough luck.
It's even worse if you happen to be taller or shorter than average, since vintage cars with minimal driving position adjustments in the seat and column were designed to kinda hit down the middle of stature and size. If you're over 6 feet tall or under 5 feet 4 inches, it's a definite problem. More seat adjustment from custom sliders helps, but what most of us really need is a tilt column to set things right.
You could dig around at swap meets, junkyards, or eBay to find an original, but you'll likely pay too much for a used column that will need a surprisingly expensive rebuild. It can easily cost a few hundred to bring a worn original back to spec, and you'll still have a less-than-ideal setup that uses rag joints. Those things hate big sticky tires and hard driving; we can attest to that.
The real solution is to step up to a modern replacement tilt column like the slick unit we're dropping into Project Olds right here. These new ididit columns are bolt-in for any GM A-body like Chevy Chevelle and Malibu, Buick Special and GS, Pontiac Tempest and GTO, and, of course, Olds Cutlass and 442. It's a super simple swap that will make a huge difference in your driving experience. Check out how Kevin Tully and his crew at Hot Rod Chassis and Cycle made it happen in an afternoon for Project Olds.