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Robert Emslie November 2, 2016 Craigslist Crapshoot 38 Comments

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. 

The modern Chevy SS seems to have been a big dud sales-wise, and Ford has all but given up on the RWD performance sedan with the closure of the Falcon plant down under. That’s left the Dodge Charger in both SRT and insanity chili Hellcat versions to keep the muscle car flame alive here amongst the Big Three. Last week we went looking for the best deals in ’90s muscle, an era that saw both a resurgence in horsepower and the ebbing of RWD platforms to best use all those ponies. We’ll see what muscled to the front in a sec, but first this week’s quest.

Fall is fully in swing and that means the end of the explody but vapid summer movie fare as we move into Oscar season. Films and cars go together like peas and carrots and this week we want to find movie homage cars for sale. There’s a ton of Jurassic Park Jeeps and 60-second Eleanors out there, let’s go find ’em!

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Got that? Good, now let’s muscle in.

While not a golden age for performance, the ’90s at least showed there was a path to ponies, and it didn’t need to mean a gas guzzler tax or riding mechanic to get them. Of course not everybody has figured out what to do with them once you have them. That was clearly evident in the 1995 Impala SS offered up by The Real Number_Six which seemed to prize video screens over vroom-vroom.

One of the best things about Hooniverse is the community—youse guize—which engenders healthy and respectful dialog, even when there are disagreements. Just such an occurrence took place between smalleyxb122 and Kiefmo over who’s old Ford F-150 Lightning was the best value owing to its decrepitude. I love that sort of animated back and forth over important issues like that.

Jofes2 lamented that the ’90s muscle car boom didn’t really hit the other side of the pond, but offered up a sassy Coupé Fiat as consolation. Our winner however comes from the other side of the planet, as both a remembrance of its era and of an entire industry now extinct. The Holden HSV Clubsport found by Rover 1 is one in a long line of hot rod Aussie sedans that embraced a national ethos for outrageous over the top-ness. They say a candle that burns twice as bright burns half as along, and the Aussie auto industry, which was famous for cars like this has just this year burned out. SAD!

Congrats to Rover 1 and thank you all for your contributions. They were as always, a treat to read. Now, let’s go to the movies!