Fourteen Thousand Dollar Question: Olds 442, Mercury Cyclone, or Buick Skylark

You are a recently divorced industrial fastener salesman based out of some podunk central California farming town and you’ve got a few grand…well, more than a few grand to throw away on a muscle car.  With a budget of fifteen large, you head to the SF Bay Area car shows and start to imagine burning rubber and a chunk of your life savings on a car…what do you get, this Olds 442, Mercury Cyclone, or Buick Skylark?

First up is this 1969 Buick Skylark 2-door hardtop offered for $13,750 in San Carlos, CA via craigslist.  It is well equipped with a Buick 350 V8, a slushbox automatic, factory air, power steering, power brakes, and a factory tissue dispenser. 

Next up is this 1967 Oldsmobile 442 offered for $13,000 in Petaluma, CA via craigslist.  The big beast is powered by a 400 cubic inch V8 mated to a powerglide that rides on “Foose 20inch” wheels.

Last in the trio of muscle is this 1969 Mercury Cyclone GT offered for $14,800 in San Leandro, CA via craigslist.  The Ford 351 V8 under the hood is mated to yet another slushbox and it is equipped with some blingy 18-inch wheels.

With your money, which would you choose?