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Robert Emslie February 15, 2017 Craigslist Crapshoot 16 Comments

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

Finding something special hidden away in some barn, outbuilding, storage locker or shed is the stuff of legend, and in fact that’s just what we went for last week—barn finds for sale. We’ll go for a roll in the hay in a just a sec, but first this week’s quest.

Have you ever looked at the new cars on auto dealer lots and ever wondered what they do with them if they never sell? I mean, you’ve got to be thinking that when driving by Mitsubishi dealers, right? Well, that’s what we want to find this week: the oldest new cars the classifieds can offer. I saw a never-registered 2006 Lincoln LS on a dealer’s lot in January 2008! See if you can beat that.

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Got that? Good, now let’s see the barn burners!

Dut-dut-du-du-dut… how ya gonna’ keep ’em down on the farm, once they’ve seen pareee… You know, we have to give thanks to the inveterate packrats of the world. How else would we come across such wonderful barn finds like the ones you all dug up last week?

Let’s start out with a little education as Jofes2 informed us all that the Swedish word for barn is “lada” and then proceeded to find a barn in a barn… er, I mean a Lada in a lada. Keeping up with the theme of squirreled away AWDs, P161911 came across an old Disco with a five-speed stick. That’s got to make someone’s list of oddball models to have. Kiefmo let the cat out of the bag, while Fuhrman16 played Coronet in a cornfield. 

Perhaps the weirdest thing to ever come out of a barn was the 1952 Mechanic’s Illustrated special found by GTXcellent. That was just slightly more substantial than the Hillman Minx offered up by mrh1965. A little nicer but demanding a limbo artist to enter and drive was the Bricklin SV1 mdharrell gave us, but that was perhaps overshadowed in its desirability by the ’55 Ford Ranch Wagon with a heavy patina and holes in the floor, awith a price to match, brought to us by Batshitbox

Our winner however is a car that, if it were a little closer would be mine, or at least would be inspected by me. That is this cheap as hell Spitfire found by ptschett. If it’s half as sound as it looks in the ad’s single pic, it’s a deal.

Congrats to ptschett, and thank you all for your excellent barnstorming. Now, let’s get some new old, okay?