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Robert Emslie February 1, 2017 Craigslist Crapshoot 54 Comments

Welcome to Craigslist Crapshoot, our weekly search for the most bizarre, awesome, and/or terrible vehicles that the online classifieds has to offer.

Is there any phrase scarier than “aftermarket convertible?” Okay, maybe “there’s a clown under your bed” ranks right up there, but automotively speaking having your roof cut off by people who didn’t originally design the car is pretty sketchy, and that’s just what we went looking for last week. We’ll get to the bottom of the topless contenders in a sec, but first this week’s quest.

Unless you’re jonesing for a movie that’s so bad it’s good, seeking out the horrible isn’t always on people’s to-do list. Generally cars form the ’70s are considered to be among history’s worst, but that’s was not exclusively the case and what we want to find this week are the best ’70s cars that didn’t suck that the classifieds has to offer. 

As always, we want your finds to go down in infamy and not in the site’s spam filter. Since we’ve changed commenting systems, you may need to update your commenter account. Make sure you have a Disqus account – they’re free and easy to get – and then comment away.

Got that? Good, now let’s let the sun shine in!

Let me just say that right off the bat Lokki and mdharrell gave us the complete opposite ends of the non-factory convertible spectrum, the former serving up a natty McLaren Capri and the latter a Clark Cortez motorhome that somebody apparently left the gas on in.

In between those extremes came an open air Firebird from before the factory got on the bandwagon, which was found by smalleyxb122, a Straman Si located by JayP and a Sunchaser offered up by Alff. That last car’s sister, an AMC Eagle Sundancer, made an appearance too, thanks to gord. All were strangely compelling.

Somewhat scarier were the Challenger SRT8 found by ptschett, an open air 1952 Chevy 3100 brought to us by tonyola, OA5599‘s weird Suburban selection, and P161911‘s Chrysler 300 suggestion which has been pimped as well as de-roofed and looks just about ready to drop its latest jam on the streets, yo.

Our winner for the week comes to us from across the pond, and which, while an aftermarket conversion does come with a provenance to be appreciated. That’s the rare and lovely 1967 Ford Cortina Crayford convertible found by SlowJoeCrow, and which I think we all will agree is the neatest and most natty of all. It more than makes up for Crayford’s horrific Triumph TR7 Tracer Estate.

Congrats to SlowJoeCrow, and thank you all for the wonderful section of topless treats. Now, let’s see what gems are hidden in the world’s ’70s survivors.