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The Best Guy on Craigslist, Part 2: Four Early-’80s Imperials for $2000

1981 chrysler imperial for sale

Unfortunately for me, I’m resigned to believe that a solid-axle, rear-wheel-drive Detroit V8 powered car can only be so bad. I’m just a notch too young to have experienced the contrast between a humble but reliable late-70s Honda and a corpulent, shoddily assembled contemporary Buick. With that in mind, The Best Guy on Craigslist’s fleet of 4 Imperials for $2,000 seems like a recipe for an incredibly successful and classy LeMons squad.

While the early and late cars spring to mind most quickly, we must remember the Imperial name graced the graced one of Chrysler’s last RWD cars until recent times. Sharing a platform with the Dodge Monaco and (non-Corinthian) Chrysler Cordoba, the early-80s Imperial came with a TBI’ed 318 V8, 904 transmission and a ton of cheesy early-80s luxury touches like fake crystal and over-padded velour seats.

While these seem to be run-of-the-mill Imperials, a good theme might be to construct one into each version of the special editions they were available in, most notably the Frank Sinatra SE, which came with a box set of 16 Sinatra tapes.

Check out all the slant-nose glory right here: Four 1981-83 Chrysler Imperials for sale – SF Bay Craigslist

We’ve got one more post from this seller, but that’ll have to wait for Thursday…

The Best Guy on Craigslist, Part 1: 1472ci worth of Cadillacs for $1600

1976 cadillac eldorado for sale

Yours truly, fellow Hoon Eric Rood and Murilee Martin aka Judge Phil spent the weekend sweating our undersides off dispensing justice at the World Record Setting* Vodden The Hell are We Doing 24 Hours of LeMons at Thunderhill Raceway, which means I’ve got LeMons on the brain. Scheming some ideas for ridiculous LeMons cars, my mind circled in on using the Cadillac FWD architecture of a massive V8 mounted longitudinally over a mutant TH400 transmission with CV shafts exiting east-west. Uncovering a pair of Eldorados on craigslist was just the tip of the LeMony iceberg. Noticing the cars in the background, searching the seller’s phone number uncovered a septic tank treasure trove too awesome to be contained in one post.

To lead off, we’ve got a fleet of Fleetwoods Eldorados for a distressingly low price. The Seller has a pair of ’76 Eldos in one Craigslist ad, with a ’69 in another. the ’76s are 500ci-equipped convertibles, while the ’69 is a 472ci hardtop. Don’t let the displacement fool you, the smaller ’69 is definitely the most potent of the trio, but the low-compression ’76s could be freed of their emissions controls and still deliver torque by the ton at the low end. Those low compression lumps will run on our crappy California gas without begging for octane booster. Besides, the lower CR leaves open the possibility of running some mild turbocharging for an even more ridiculous setup.

Oh yeah, that ridiculous setup…I know the Scrubbing Bubbles VW is looking for a new home. If not “Scrubby”, a VW Van probably provides ample room to nestle that powerplant in the rear. Not to impugn the 70 year old Volkswagen design, but maybe something more recent like an Astro Van would work better. Or (duh) you could just run them in their FWD Boss Hoggian drop-drop glory!

Pair of 1976 Cadillac Eldorado Convertibles for sale – SF Bay Craigslist
1969 Cadillac Eldorado Convertible for sale – SF Bay Craigslist

Tune in later for 2 more posts of awesomeness from the same seller…

*pending Guinness certification, which might take nearly forever.

Weekend at Beaulieu – 4 Sale: Matra-Simca Bagheera

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The massed ranks of visitors to the annual International Autojumble at Beaulieu Motor Museum includes folk from every possible different background, and this point is not lost on the exhibitors. Among the crowds there may well be somebody tentatively looking for their next project, so you’ll find motivated sellers of all kinds of decaying machinery vying to part the next willing optimist with their money.

The way I see it, the world is made up of two groups. Those who want to own a Matra Simca Bagheera, and those who already have one. Step this way if you’re a member of Group A.

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Weekend Edition Quick Hit – A 1988 Isuzu Impulse available in New Jersey; Become Joe Isuzu…

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Continuing on with our Weekend Edition, and I spotted this Isuzu Impulse listing on Craigslist, and immediately thought of one of the more offbeat advertising campaigns of the 1980’s, the one in which Comedian David Leisure became Joe Isuzu. All the television spots were memorable, but I wonder if they really helped the brand in moving the metal, so to speak. At around this time period, Isuzu produced one of the most inspiring vehicles of the decade, and it went by many names around the globe (like the Isuzu Piazza in Japan) but was known as the Impulse here in the states. I still like them, but do you?

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Hooniverse Weekend Edition – A 1929 Rolls Royce Woodie Wagon (Shooting Brake) currently on eBay…

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Welcome to the Sunday Edition of the Hooniverse Weekend, and I thought I would start out with something quite spectacular. This is a 1929 Rolls Royce 20HP Chassis that was mated to a Wooden Structure Wagon Body sometime during the 1050’s. This was suppose to be one of the last 20HP Chassis produced, and the seller has the build sheet for the Wagon Body. So is this Rolls Royce a Blue Chip Collectible?

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Weekend Edition Quick Hit – A First Generation Toyota Celica Supra; All I can say is Wow…

1979 Toyota Celica Supra Mark 1 5 spd. exceptional! - Google Chrome 9132014 70950 AM.bmp

When I try and find things to show our readers on the Weekend, I troll around on Facebook to the various sites that are created by fellow car enthusiasts, Pages like the Brown Car Appreciation Society is a favorite of mine to discover truly jaw dropping Craigslist Listings, like this one. This is a 1979 Toyota Celica Supra, and I doubt there is a nicer example for sale anywhere in the country…

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Weekend Edition Quick Hit – A 1990 Jeep Commanche 4X4; Try to contain your enthusiasm…

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Well, this should get all the hoons who frequent this site salivating… This is an honest to God 1990 Jeep Commanche 4X4 Pickup, equipped with all the right hardware… The 4.0L Six, a 5-Speed Manual, Air Conditioning, and it only has 68,000 miles on the clock. Alright, you can’t dragon this truck from your computer, as you will have to go to Tucson Arizona to do so… I guess we all know that this is the Holy Grail of Trucks, but how badly do you want it?

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Weekend Edition Quick Hit – A 1977 Dodge Monaco Brougham Wagon, in Latrobe Pennsylvania…

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Well, it looks like I am going to highlight another Dodge for this Weekend Edition of Quick Hits, only this particular Dodge has a few more miles under it’s chassis. The Dodge Monaco nameplate was transferred to the venerable “B” body Chrysler configuration for two model years only, 1977 and 1978. It was one of the more confusing times for Chrysler in which they offered this version of the Monaco as well as the full sized Royal Monaco. Confused? Well, the buying public was, but that is not our problem at the moment. We have to decide if this Monaco Wagon is desirable or not…

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Weekend Edition Quick Hit – A 1983 Dodge 600 Sedan; When was the last time you saw one?

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Welcome to another edition of the Weekend Edition of Quick Hit Postings. One of the reasons why I do these is the fact that they seem to create a lot of discussion throughout the weekend, and I seem to hit upon the right mix of desirable vehicles that are for sale, right along side a bunch of, well, crap… So what side of the ledger does this Dodge 600 fall? This is one of the early stretch “K” cars in a vain effort to offer different vehicles for the Chrysler and Dodge showrooms during this time period. So once again, is this car desirable or crap?

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“SCARY Porsche 914″ Seller Wins Honest eBayer of the Week Award

1974 porsche 914 for saleThe Art of the Sale is putting a positive spin on every aspect of your ware. Rusted out? Pre-lightened! Seized motor? Great LSXFTW swap candidate! and so on, to the point no one takes you seriously. This seller does the opposite, almost daring you to pick up this car, as it’s so horrible:

THIS CAR HAS BEEN HIT MORE TIMES THAN MIKE TYSON , IT HAS MORE MILES ON IT THAN THE SPACE SHUTTLE , THE GLASS HAS VERICOSE VEINS , ITS ON CHEMO THERAPY FOR METASTASIZED CANCER , IT HAS SEVERAL HUNDRED MUD DOBBERS AND YELLOW JACKETS LIVING IN IT AS WELL AS A COUPLE OF SNAKES THAT ARE GETTING FAT ON ALL THE FIELD MICE THAT LIVE IN IT. IF YOU BUY THIS CAR AND PUT IT IN YOUR SHOP , THE NEXT MORNING YOU WILL EXPERIENCE WILD KINGDOM

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So…a typical sub-$1000 Porsche 914, then? In all honesty, it looks like it’d make a great LeMons car or first car for your least favorite kid (why no both?!)

$960, auction ends Friday: 1974 Porsche 914 – eBay Motors

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