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Robert Emslie May 17, 2017 Craigslist Crapshoot 45 Comments

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 got ready for our closeup with cars that looked like those featured prominently in the movies. We’ll stand up the stand ins in just a sec, but first this week’s Euro-themed quest.
You may recall that back on Monday we talked a bit about the attempts American manufacturers made in the ’70s and ’80s to dress their wares in European clothes. We had the Granada ESS as exhibit A, but there were plenty more where that came from. This week, let’s see if we can find any of them left for sale.
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Got that? Good, now let’s observe some model behavior!

I think we can all agree that the movies are magic. That is except when they aren’t which is laid bare when a glaring mistake is made in their production. That was brought to mind with the 1971 Mustang MACH 1 brought to us by Hilman_Hunter in reference to the James Bond movie of the same year, Diamonds are Forever. It was in that flick’s centerpiece chase scene that the red Mustang incredulously shifted from one set of wheels to the other in a narrow alley navigating stunt. Oh James!

smalleyxb122 went with The Wraith, but shrewdly eschewed the main character for a Triumph Spitfire and found its spitting image in Detroit. Speaking of spitting, do you remember John Belushi’s zit gag from the movie Animal House? You also might remember the ambulance that was parked in front of the eponymous frat for much of the movie as it’s been for sale in Oregon for the past decade or so, and mdharrell offered it up as his contribution.

Our winner with the most upvotes was 0A5599 for giving us a 1965 Ford Galaxie 500. It wasn’t the movie connection that made it the winner I don’t think—Johnny Knoxsville, who cares?—nor was it the accuracy of the ad—Galaxie not Galaxy. What likely took it home was the fact that the car was just so badass, and at four grand, seemed a pretty decent deal.

Congrats to OA5599, and thank you all for your roles in this production. Now, let’s looks for some Euro-thrash.