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Robert Emslie January 11, 2017 Craigslist Crapshoot 36 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.

Last week we went looking for some cool kit cars—and yes those people who think kit cars are cool are a special breed. You still came up with cars that bred some pretty cool discourse. We’ll get to all that in just a minute, but first this week’s quest.

In case you haven’t noticed by the cold temps and hot toddies it’s winter in the northern hemisphere. That’s an especially rough time to be a car, owing to the icy roads, de-icing salts, and in some areas snow that needs to be shoveled off before you can even get out on the road. That’s why it’s a good idea to pack your regular, good-weather car away and pick up what is the object of this week’s attention: a winter beater. Let’s see if we can’t find the best deals in cars to get us through the dark days of winter, and maybe have some fun while we’re doing it. Money is no object.

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Got that? Good, now let’s get our kit on!

The term kit car was broadly interpreted last week. At one end of the spectrum we had expected cars like the Alfa Romeo kit, offered up by ptschett. At the extreme opposite end was a Mazda Miata found by engineerd that, while not originally a “kit car” now came as needing some assembly owing to its having been rendered unto its base elements. Both were pretty cool projects, but perhaps not as cool as the Batmobile molds dug up by 1977ChevyTruck. Think of the possibilities with those!

OA5599 dredged up a one-off special that was sort of a kit car, and one that I have had the (honor?) of actually seeing in person. Yes, it’s really that horrific. A palate cleansing Fiberfab MGTD kit was found by tonyola, and is one that I used to have a major jones over. At a little over $1,600 for the fiberglass, that’s not such a bad deal either. Also not so bad was salguod’s find of an entire kit car company up for grabs on the eBay. Looks like a sound business decision to me, shall we go in halves?

If that’s a little too rich for your blood then Kiefmo came up with a Laser 917 project for a grand, with pics taken in a Walmart parking lot. That’s a real deal kit car, the kind that really let you get the looks of an exotic without the stigma or provenance of performance. Our winner however gives you both. It also brings to light the conundrum over what is a kit car and what is a continuation car. The Bill Thomas Cheetah submitted by Andrew_theS2kBore could be considered to be both.

Congrats to Andrew_theS2kBore, and thanks to everyone for the marvelous contributions. Now, let’s beat it.

1964 Bill Thomas Cheetah recreation