Crapwagon Poll: 1967 Ford Mustang Vs. 1968 Oldsmobile Cutlass

Chris Tonn
by Chris Tonn
crapwagon poll 1967 ford mustang vs 1968 oldsmobile cutlass

Mark’s look today at a couple of late Sixties’ performance icons has inspired me. Yes, my automotive ADD kicked in and off I went to eBay in search of affordable Cutlass and Mustang projects.

And, really, I’m still searching. The majority of what I’ve found are either total basketcases, poorly-done “customs,” or pristine show cars with prices to match. I’d love to find a car that has needs, but could be driven away and worked on over time.

To the car nuts of the internet, please stop it with the “Eleanor” clones. Yes, even this import fanatic drooled over the fiberglass-clad Mustang in the Gone in Sixty Seconds remake, but it’s over now.

On the Mustang end of things, I really dig this ’67 notchback in a polarizing shade of green. Said to be a factory 390 big-block car, it will drive quite differently than a lighter, small-block-equipped Mustang — more like a muscle car than a sports car. The interior looks absolutely perfect on this example and it appears mechanically sound as well. The catch here is the paint. On closer inspection, the paint is quite faded and will need a respray if a show car quality shine is desired. A couple weeks ago, it had a reserve around $17,000, which seems a bit much considering the work needed, but short of rusted-out six cylinder cars, there aren’t many this cheap.

Regarding your father’s Oldsmobile, this ’68 fastback will probably sell around $7,500, if I had to guess. The base steel wheels with dog-dish hubcaps are disappointing. The car really needs a set of color-matched Olds Rallye wheels. It needs some metalwork, and some attention to the interior, but this could be a nice, easy project.

It’s not quite to the level of the Ford and Chevy rivalry — I don’t believe I’ve ever seen Calvin pissing on an Olds emblem — but these two cars have rather similar target collectors.

Best & Brightest, which would you rather?

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  • CobraJet CobraJet on Sep 30, 2015

    I guess I lean toward the Mustang since I have been driving my 69 Mach I weekly for 26 years. It's been reliable and a lot of fun. But I have also owned two GM A bodies in the past: a 69 Lemans coupe and a 72 Cutlass convertible. The GM cars handled better.

  • Redav Redav on Oct 01, 2015

    From the right angle & in the right light, that green on the Mustang is very nice. Green seems to be a color that is really hard to do well.

  • Wolfwagen I always thought the HRV and CHR looked similar and ugly and unuseful
  • DedBull How much of that debt is directly tied to their purchase of ADESA? While wholesale volumes are down, the dealer auction is still a backbone of the used automotive industry. I assume ADESA was a functional and profitable business before it's acquisition. Break it back off, with some amount of it's debt following, and start shrinking the retail side until it is stable.
  • Jon This does not seem like anything new for Oxford. In my one visit to England 10 years ago I received a random bill from the rental car agency for a ticket long after I had come home. I was driving in Oxford, made a wrong turn, and needed to turn around. The street ended at a cross street so the only way to do so was to cross over a "bus gate" which was just some lettering painted on the street. I think it was a weekend and there was no traffic, no busses around, etc. I drove over it made my u-turn and drove back down the road I was on. I did not continue on in a bus lane or cause harm or danger to anyone. One of their cameras caught my error and sent a hefty fine. After I received it I did some research and found many folks complaining of the same thing after visits to Oxford.
  • SCE to AUX Probably couldn't afford it - happens all the time.
  • MaintenanceCosts An ugly-a$s Challenger with poor equipment choices and an ugly Dealership Default color combination, not even a manual to redeem it, still no sale.