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The World’s Worst Car Is For Sale On Craigslist

Welcome to Craigslist Crapshoot, our weekly search for the most bizarre, awesome, and/or terrible vehicles that the online classifieds has to offer. Last week I channeled the Red Queen with my demand of off with its head! That’s right, I wanted aftermarket convertible conversions. We’ll get the drop on those after the jump, but first let’s get to this week’s assignment.

This week, in honor of the current debate in our nation’s capital over immigration reform, I want you to find Illegal Aliens. Now, what that means is cars or trucks presently for sale in your nation of choice that were never ever officially sold there. The only criteria is that they need to be currently tagged and offer the reasonable likelihood of staying in the county and not just as a crushed cube of metal.

And as usual, we want your finds to go down in infamy and not in the site’s spam filter. Follow any of the following advice and you’re crap will be known far and wide.

  1. Easiest way to not get caught in the spam filters is to create an IntenseDebate account. If you do so and your posts aren’t appearing, let us know at tips@hooniverse.com and we can put you on the whitelist
  2. If you don’t want an IDC account, you can create a wordpress.com account and do the same thing.
  3. If you’re the Ted Kaczynski type and don’t want any kind of account, then try to place only a single link in a comment and just drop any outgoing link in via its raw URL and not as a text link
Craigslist Crapshoot doesn’t work if your candidates don’t get seen, so hopefully following one of these options will ensure that the floodgates of crap are fully open. And now, on to discover last week’s winner.
Holy hacksaws batman, last week’s quest for aftermarket convertibles turned up the weird and the wonderful and if you haven’t seen it all, I highly recommend you going back and doing so. Of course much like there can only be one ring to rule them all, or one good Star Wars trilogy, there can be only one winner of the weekly shootout, and this week that honor goes to ThisVelologist (who lacks an Intense Debate Account) for this Gremlin open roof. Sure, there were lots of great cars and trucks representing, but this thing is unbelievably awesome. Sadly its ad has been pulled so we only have the pics to drool over.
Well done TV!

Currently there are "77 comments" on this Article:

  1. muthalovin says:

    Okay, the ad has location: Texas, but the seller says it is in northern Mexico. So, probably not an actual contender:

    <img src="http://images.craigslist.org/3G43F13Mb5N15I15Jcd3p59c349d19ca1148a.jpg"&gt;

    Renault 4F 1967 with matching trailer restored – $14500 (Texas)
    <a href="http://austin.craigslist.org/cto/3702130186.html” target=”_blank”>http://austin.craigslist.org/cto/3702130186.html

  2. muthalovin says:

    So, I had to scour the dudes photobucket for a picture, but here it is:

    <img src="http://i749.photobucket.com/albums/xx132/Yoshi0o/IMAG0019-1.jpg&quot; width=550>

    1993 Nissan Skyline – $1 (S.A.)

    Only $18k!

  3. ToLiveNDieInNJ says:

    <img src="http://images.craigslist.org/3E43G33Mb5L85G25Kfd4u39e8285aa47213eb.jpg&quot; width="600">

    Imported M3 Cabrio anyone?

    1991 BMW E30 M3 CONVERTIBLE – $48000 (North Jersey)

    <a href="http://newjersey.craigslist.org/cto/3776644196.html” target=”_blank”>http://newjersey.craigslist.org/cto/3776644196.html

  4. Sjalabais says:

    Interesting take on May 1st. I'd had expected worker's cars and a call for the odd Soviet pride. =8^)

    • dukeisduke says:

      The pics look like they were taken in the industrial/tech area on the east side of Plano, around Plano Pkwy and Jupiter, or Shiloh.

      • JayP2112 says:

        I was talking to a pal yesterday looking for a bar on Googlemaps- Plano looks like Plano. All of it looks the same.

        • texlenin says:

          Au Contrair,Mon ami. That's somewhere in the Technology/Plano Parkway/Ave K./Jupiter hypercube. My vote
          is on Technology, somewhere by the first curve…..
          I did live near until very recently. I say we take off and nuke the site from orbit. Only way to be sure.

  5. Devin says:

    This guy has a Toyota Celsior. A high mileage Toyota Celsior, which is just a Lexus LS that's harder to drive on Canadian roads.
    <img src="http://i.ebayimg.com/00/s/NTYzWDEwMDA=/$(KGrHqYOKp0E-QIJpPgqBRf-9FjH2Q~~48_20.JPG&quot; width="500">
    Only $4,500

    • Spring-heeled Jack says:

      Awesome, a car you can already buy here but with the steering wheel on the wrong side!
      If it's an early Skyline or a Mazda Cosmo, sure, otherwise I don't get "JDM."

      • Devin says:

        There are a few JDM things I covet, but they're usually weird things you could never buy here. Don't get the guys who import base model Supras and Lexuses with Toyota badges.

  6. Devin says:

    Alright, you would figure a kei car would be easy to photograph, on account of it being quite small.
    <img src="http://i.ebayimg.com/00/s/NzUwWDEwMDA=/$T2eC16NHJHEE9ny2qS9TBR(GtZrWjg~~48_20.JPG&quot; width="500">
    Evidentally, you would be wrong

    • Kris_01 says:

      There once was a fellow from Boston
      Who owned an American Austin
      Had room for his ass
      and a gallon of gas
      but his balls fell out and he lost 'em.

  7. Devin says:

    How about a euro Escort from the '90s?
    <img src="http://i.ebayimg.com/00/s/NjAwWDgwMA==/$T2eC16d,!zQE9s3stYFqBRWf3zb6Iw~~48_20.JPG" width="500">
    Maybe a brit can tell me if this is actually good

    • fodder650 says:

      Sure that is meant to cover the license plate but I'd like to think its a drag parachute on the back.

  8. mdharrell says:

    <img src="http://images.craigslist.org/3F43J83H75Na5I45G5d4c311ee0d849b118cc.jpg&quot; width="450">


    $4500 obo. Four-speed. Fifty miles away. And I could use a truck. I'm beginning to fear the power of Craigslist Crapshoot.

    • dukeisduke says:

      Hasn't that been on the market awhile? I thought I saw it on here a month or two ago. It would sure confuse peeps down here in TX.

      • mdharrell says:

        Ah, right, it is the same one. My apologies to MVEilenstein (see below). I freely confess my feeble grasp of the local Mercury truck market.

        • MVEilenstein says:

          My bad – didn't notice you had already posted this!

          Yes, it's been on and off CL for several months. The price is right in my opinion, so I guess it's the location that's holding it up.

  9. P161911 says:

    A 2001 Skyline, which apparently will lead you to be hounded by guys in flat brim hats.
    <img src="http://i400.photobucket.com/albums/pp86/nikebot23/43AF06FF-E74D-4E0C-9EFD-5F1CC53E0874-1134-0000007A2F84678C_zps5bc6a1c3.jpg"width=500&gt;
    An automatic even. Great for ladies that are into dudes with flat brim hats. <a href="http://atlanta.craigslist.org/atl/cto/3765882868.html” target=”_blank”>http://atlanta.craigslist.org/atl/cto/3765882868.html

  10. Tomsk says:

    How about an '83 Mercedes-Benz 500SEL? (The only V8 S-Class sedan officially sold here that year was the 380SEL.) Importing and federalizing these things became so popular that Mercedes eventually bribe…er, lobbied Washington to close most gray market loopholes.

    <img src="http://images.craigslist.org/3E73K53He5L25If5G7d4pdad7465f57361cc8.jpg&quot; />

    Only $3,600!

    • fodder650 says:

      I never thought I'd see a design that made the Daewoo Lanos look good but you found one.

      • dukeisduke says:

        I wonder why it's on Chicago CL? the car is in Chevy Chase, MD.

        • fodder650 says:

          Duke – And is inspected in Virginia. Truly a world car. Still would you admit to living in Chevy Chase? He's well known as being a bit of a dick.

    • Alff says:

      If Lancia's thesis was that they could build their ugliest car ever, they succeeded.

    • P161911 says:

      Seems like their best bet would be to just put up a flier on the bulletin board at the Italian embassy break room or apparently the Italian consulate of Chicago. What is the market for this thing? A few dozen guys at best? An 11 year old Italian car that would be impossible to get serviced in the US. Sure, why not!

      • Roberto G. says:

        Dear Sir,

        You don't need to worry. Just take our Lancia to any Chrysler dealer, since we already informed them about you.

        Kind regards.

        Sergio Marchionne

      • JayP2112 says:

        I met an Alfa 166 owner and asked the same question- said the internets make parts no too hard to get. And I bet there is always an adventurous independent shop owner who'd give it a shot.

      • Alff says:

        Most American owners of "affordable" Italian cars that I know perform their own service. We're a cheap bunch.

  11. joshuman says:

    One more. This might be a very rare (20-30 produced in 1938 according to http://www.roadsterute.com/index3.htm) Ford Roadster Ute. It would have been produced by Ford Australia and is RHD.
    <img src="http://images.craigslist.org/3E83I53N25N55Gc5M2d4qe6fa3007284a1c40.jpg"&gt; <a href="http://seattle.craigslist.org/oly/cto/3768604657.html” target=”_blank”>http://seattle.craigslist.org/oly/cto/3768604657.html

    • ToLiveNDieInNJ says:

      Ehh, for $15k I'd bring an R32 in and take my chances with the Federales.

    • CABEZAGRANDE says:

      Holy crap I want that Soarer! It's like a MkIII Supra Turbo (another one I've always wanted) but way more interesting. Good thing for my wallet and continued healthy relationship with the girlfriend that it's too far away to go and get. Because if it was within 200 miles of me it would be in my garage tomorrow.

  12. C³-Cool Cadillac Cat says:

    This one is easy…

    <img src="http://images.craigslist.org/3K73L33Nc5N95Gc5K1d4u722a106d81431bc7.jpg&quot; width="500">

    The price is more than a bit high, and I'd hate to have to figure out how to get parts from Japan, but still…brand-new Motocompo FTMFW!!!!!

    • ToLiveNDieInNJ says:

      You win, sir. Where are the pics of the Motocompo though?

      • C³-Cool Cadillac Cat says:

        It's still boxed, apparently.

        I've always loved the idea of a vehicle this size, yet with on-board backup transpo.

  13. ThisVelologist says:

    1995 Volkswagen Beetle (Mexican Import). If it weren't for the gawdy spoiler and wheels I'd be driving down to Tampa!
    <img src="http://i1104.photobucket.com/albums/h338/Psychguy1/FRONT2.jpg&quot; width="600">
    <img src="http://i1104.photobucket.com/albums/h338/Psychguy1/REAROFCAR.jpg&quot; width="600"> http://tampa.craigslist.org/hdo/cto/3728440455.ht

  14. Kepler says:

    <img src="http://images.craigslist.org/3Kd3Lb3Je5L55Fd5Hed4q5fb1d4694f571406.jpg"&gt;
    1982 BMW 628 CSI Euro spec E24 – $5500 (walnut creek)

    This shark looks so nice it's a good thing I don't have disposable income. Of course, E24's were sold stateside, but not with the 2.8L; rather, they shipped over as the 633 CSI and 635 CSI, like the ad says. But this car is allegedly a German import without the warts of US lights, bumpers, and other federalization garbage.

  15. Sjalabais says:

    It doesn't really fit 100% in this week's Crapshoot, but I just had to share this with you. Guy says:

    "For me this has been good as gold, it can be for you, too". What do you expect upon reading a sentence like that? This?:

    <img src="http://finncdn.no/mmo/2013/4/vertical-3/08/3/408/562/93_1454722675_xl.jpg&quot; width="600">


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