Craigslist Crapshoot

The World’s Worst Car Is For Sale On Craigslist

It’s Wednesday and that must mean it’s time for Craigslist Crapshoot. Last week I asked you to find Faux-Caminos and Rank-cheros, cars that had been converted to pickups that never ever should have been. Many were found, most were crap, but one stood tall above the others as the king of the freak show fodder we crave every week. More on that after the jump, but first, this week’s assignment.

This week I want K-Cars. Chrysler wouldn’t be here today if it weren’t for Fiat Lee Iacocca the K Car. Not only were they the savior of the brand back in the ’80s, but they served as the platform for a plethora of cars and vans that had the imperishability of a tissue box. Those are the Ks I want you to find. The worse the better, as long as they’re running.

And as usual, we want your finds to go down in infamy and not in the site’s spam filter. Follow any of  the following advice and you’re crap will be known far and wide.

  1. Easiest way to not get caught in the spam filters is to create an IntenseDebate account. If you do so and your posts aren’t appearing, let us know at and we can put you on the whitelist
  2. If you don’t want an IDC account, you can create a account and do the same thing.
  3. If you’re the Ted Kaczynski type and don’t want any kind of account, then try to place only a single link in a comment and just drop any outgoing link in via its raw URL and not as a text link
Craigslist Crapshoot doesn’t work if your candidates don’t get seen, so hopefully following one of these options will ensure that the floodgates of crap are fully open. And speaking of open, follow me through the jump to see last week’s Sawzall Special Craigslist Crapshoot winner.
While technically not a pickup conversion, the Caddy of indeterminate age found by smalleyxb122 proved to be such a jaw dropping amalgamation of backyard ingenuity and questionable artistry that it demanded acknowledgment. Take in its glory below.
A well done and  hearty pat on the back to smalleyxb122. Now, go get me some special Ks.
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Image: Sandusky Craigslist

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91 responses to “Craigslist Crapshoot”

  1. Scandinavian Flick ★ Avatar
    1. dukeisduke Avatar

      Ooooh, you could have a two K-Car garage!

  2. krazykarguy Avatar

    Sorry, not a K-car, but I've been waiting all morning to post this:
    <img src=""&gt;
    <a href="” target=”_blank”>

    1. Scandinavian Flick ★ Avatar
      Scandinavian Flick ★

      Hmmm, I have this 250hp supercharged motor laying around, and I know how to weld box steel tubing together reasonably well. Sure, why not?

    2. Irishzombieman ✰ Avatar
      Irishzombieman ✰

      "Very fast and dangerous"
      HA HA HA HA! WOW!

      1. Scandinavian Flick ★ Avatar
        Scandinavian Flick ★

        I kinda want to hook it up to some radio control servos and put on the smokiest smoke show the local church parking lot has ever seen.

    3. dead_elvis Avatar

      Looks like a quick & noisy way to kill your self – it's a K car of a different sort!

    4. muthalovin Avatar

      That. Seat. Is. Terrifying.

      1. krazykarguy Avatar

        Nothin' a bungie cord couldn't fix.

    5. dukeisduke Avatar

      Remember, Stephen King is from Maine.

    6. Tim Odell Avatar
      Tim Odell

      A rare occasion where dual temp spares might actually make something safer.

    7. rwb Avatar

      I'm trying so hard not to buy this right now.


    Well, it's technically an AA platform car, but that's a development of the K right? So it counts! Spirit R/T! Turbo! Manual!
    Supposedly it makes nearly 300 hp right now too O_O
    (I kind of want this)
    <img src="; width="600">

    1. krazykarguy Avatar

      When was the last year that Firestone made RWL Firehawks?

    2. Alff Avatar

      Tempting but that's all the money for one of the worst cars I've ever driven, hot powerplant aside.

  4. Devin Avatar

    Due to heavy Instagramming I'm not sure if this car is in decent shape or not.
    <img src="$T2eC16F,!)8E9s4l5-(tBRUT4BU-DQ~~48_20.JPG">
    Filters for everyone!

    1. Tim Odell Avatar
      Tim Odell

      That's just how your vision is after you crash your 5th Ave through a cocaine factory.


    I found a good one but the spam filter got it because work filter doesn't let me get into ID. Help meh!

    1. Alff Avatar

      Post link and we'll get the pics up.

      1. CABEZAGRANDE Avatar

        The link is the problem. I posted it as plain text in quotes and the filter still got it, I generally have no problem posting pics. Can an admin just greenlight it? I assume the post I made is just in spam filter limbo.

    2. Tim Odell Avatar
      Tim Odell

      Hang on…

    3. Tim Odell Avatar
      Tim Odell

      Should be appearing shortly.
      Do a CTRL + F5
      (it's very hard to type that out and not just actually hit CTRL + F5)

      1. CABEZAGRANDE Avatar


  6. Devin Avatar

    Here's a mystery car!
    "dam good car"
    "dont want to sell it it's loaded would like a 1/2 ton you can see pics if you taxs me"
    Listed under "Plymouth – Other" so maybe it's a K-car? Anyone want to taxs him?

  7. calzonegolem Avatar

    All I can find are 2 Lebaron 'verts that seem in pretty good shape. I guess Maine is either really hard on K cars or Mainers really love them.

  8. POLAЯ Avatar

    1971 Opel GT Coupe – Kijiji
    Ad reads…
    One of a kind in Canada.
    This is German collector car, recently imported into Canada from California.
    Perhaps the rarest of its kind, this vehicle is true survivor with merely 36,000 original miles on the drivetrain.
    What sets this enviable roadster apart, is that it also boasts a fully automatic factory transmission, of which but a handful of models in the world were manufactured, and fewer still remain.
    This beauty is currently a pampered daily driver, and has been maintained with the utmost attention to detail. A true show-stopper!
    Will consider trades for newer low mileage vehicles, dealers are welcome.
    (All images presented were taken today)
    Respond to this ad by email only.
    Also please note that although there is no set price, low-ball offers will simply not receive a response. Serious inquiries only.
    Trades which may be considered might include: Mini Cooper, Mazda RX 8, Crossfire, Lexus, Ferrari, Lotus, Porche, Mercedes, Jaguar, Audi, BMW, etc.. Such offers of trade would have to be of relative value for condition, year of production, and milage.
    Interesting sidenote: This car was featured in the 2013 Superbowl commercial for 'Wolves Old Spice Irresistible' (Wolfthorn) Linked below..
    Well I think…
    “There was something about him, something that said he was full of it,”
    “He was different somehow. I was afraid of the spoiler, then sickened by the fur, then intrigued by the hat, then”
    — “out of the car running and screeming.”
    “I never had a chance to tell him the car in the commercial appears to be a 5-speed "dog leg" manual.”

    1. POLAЯ Avatar

      [youtube 4p4z2Ky4ngI youtube]

    2. krazykarguy Avatar

      So, what this seller is saying is that the car was featured in an advertisement just a couple of months ago, then immediately afterwards, both sides were painted black, the transmission was swapped, and a Pep Boys spoiler and rubber antenna were installed on it.
      Definitely trading my Ferrari for this one…

      1. POLAЯ Avatar

        Yeah, pretty much and DO IT!

    3. muthalovin Avatar

      I will see your Opel GT and raise you one of my own:
      <img src=""&gt;
      1972 OPEL GT Custom Project for sale – $1500
      <a href="” target=”_blank”>

      1. POLAЯ Avatar

        It seems to be magic carpet powered.

    4. dukeisduke Avatar

      OTOH, I classify it as a 2013 HCOTY nominee.
      (The one in Canada)

  9. Devin Avatar

    This one is a bit of a tease. He says it runs, but also says that the interior is a mess and the passenger side door is missing. But he takes a picture of the only bits that actually look okay, which is totally not appropriate for our purposes.
    <img src="$T2eC16RHJF0E9nmFSIIwBQTf7(!B+!~~48_20.JPG&quot; width="500">
    I want to see the bad parts.

    1. engineerd Avatar

      Does he not understand how our little game is played?!

  10. muthalovin Avatar

    LeBarons: there are surprisingly few around here.
    <img src=""&gt;
    1992 Chrysler Lebaron Convertible – $1500

  11. muthalovin Avatar

    And I want to buy all of them.
    <img src=""&gt;
    1985 Chrysler Lebaron Convertible 2.2 Turbo – $1200
    <a href="” target=”_blank”>

    1. Wolfie Avatar

      I have a 95 LeBaron convertible in Green/Tan.
      Makes a nice summer driver.

    2. krazykarguy Avatar

      Isn't that John Voight's car?

  12. P161911 Avatar

    The Ultimate K-car! Only $2950 for a Maserati!
    <img src="; width=500>….
    No, it won't do 185.

    1. P161911 Avatar

      I hate to admit it, bu for $2950 this thing is sort of tempting. It has TWO hard tops with it. How bad could it be?

    2. krazykarguy Avatar

      185 km/h, maybe.

  13. Impalamino Avatar

    Good stuff:
    "If you are looking for a cheap "Dependable" car, this is not the car for you. Don't waste your time or mine. Thank you!"

    1. FrankTCat Avatar

      I dunno, I think that'd be pretty "Dependable."

    2. acarr260 Avatar

      Who takes a K car to a demolition derby?! I saw a Mustang in a derby once and it was terrifyingly weak when pitted against the reinforced land yachts that roam in packs at such an event.

      1. Impalamino Avatar

        Most derbies these days have a special class for FWD cars. I've seen a lot of GM J-bodies dominate in those, but probably because there are just so many of them participating. K-cars are heavily represented, as well. The Japanese compacts are usually running at the end, but lack of "beef" usually has them so crunched up that they can't adequately propel themselves.
        The only Mustang that would be worth having in a derby would be a '71-'73. All that heft on a full frame just might stand a chance against an army of huge Polaras, Impalas, and LTDs.

    3. fodder650 Avatar

      <img src="; width="500/">
      So lets add Palamino's image to this reliable car that would also be good for a demolition derby. Wait what?!

  14. P161911 Avatar

    Possible the nicest 4-door K-car left. A 1993 Dodge Spirit (base model) for ONLY $4,490
    <img src="; width="500/">….
    This same dealer is trying to get $7,890 for a Bronco II ?!?!
    This is also the same dealer that had a G-body Cutlass Diesel 5-speed a while back for $10k.

    1. Devin Avatar

      I counter that with this '89 Playmouth Acclaim LE Turbo, which must be the nicest K-car left!
      <img src="$T2eC16ZHJFoE9nh6pM)oBRTpsJGOhQ~~48_20.JPG" width="500">
      Is it strange that I find this kind of tempting? It's also half the price of that one.
      Maybe it's just the turbo…

      1. Tim Odell Avatar
        Tim Odell

        What's with the bondage gag on the grille?

        1. Alcology Avatar

          It's cold outside.

      2. faberferrum Avatar

        Dang, I was gonna post that one!

  15. vroomsocko Avatar

    $1,500 for a ’86 LeBaron Convertible in great shape… except for the roof… and engine.
    <img src="; width="500">

  16. vroomsocko Avatar

    Huzzah for t-tops, pop up headlights and turbo!
    <img src="; width="500">….

    1. NotJustDucky Avatar

      I think a license plate that starts with the letters "FIX" might be a bad sign…

      1. vroomsocko Avatar

        Right you are!

  17. OA5599 Avatar

    I found Jim's Phaeton replacement.
    <img src="$T2eC16J,!)8E9s4l6BMcBRQQh2HZcQ~~60_3.JPG" width=500>
    My grandfather bought this car new in 1984 in the hopes of adding a limousine service to his offerings. The stretched sedan was a demo which was used by Lee Lacocca who headed Chrysler at the time. We have all the original paperwork and the car passes a ca smog check every two years. This car is in great shape. It does need headliner work. It also has some very minor scratches and dents It is probably one of the few in this type of condition still in existence.

    1. topdeadcentre Avatar

      I've always wanted one of these, for the WTF double-takes at the opera or symphony… 🙂

  18. pdb Avatar

    I find your lack of K-Car pickups disturbing.
    <img src=""&gt;
    Only $5500 for the nicest Dodge Rampage I've seen! Vinyl top and slushbox means I'll graciously allow someone else to pick it up.

    1. Devin Avatar

      [youtube 5cR-WiGKZtg youtube]

    2. racer139 Avatar

      there was a restored on on Hemmings last week for similar money. white with red stripes over the rockers.

    3. ptschett Avatar

      Omni/Horizon based actually.
      Allpar article

  19. Peter Tanshanomi Avatar
    Peter Tanshanomi

    2004 Cadillac XLR
    $31,000!!! That may sound steep at first, but when you realize that for that price you get custom wheels, big subwoofers and carbon fiber wrap…well, then the price becomes downright astronomical.
    <img src=""&gt;….
    EDIT: I just looked up the Edmunds TMV for this car. Even if I use a Desert Hot Springs zip code, "Outstanding" condition and Black paint, that still only maxes the value out at $18,303. So, basically, you're paying over 12 grand for those tasteful add-ons.

    1. dwbf11 Avatar

      That's more G-ride than K Car.

      1. Peter Tanshanomi Avatar
        Peter Tanshanomi

        Yes, I know it's not a K-car, but I ran across it and it was too choice not to share.

    2. smalleyxb122 Avatar

      Wait, the TMV of an XLR is under $20k??!!! That's almost enough to make me want one.

    1. Impalamino Avatar

      "antithief circuit" and "new mufflin"
      …you can't go wrong.

      1. Tim Odell Avatar
        Tim Odell

        Every day I'm mufflin…

        1. Sjalabais Avatar

          Don't underestimate the mufflin man. Wait.
          [youtube -Jh6wnmRbvQ youtube]

          1. Lex Avatar

            I wish i could give you more than one upvote for such a well placed and quality Zappa video.

      2. krazykarguy Avatar

        Not to mention the REALLY important selling features:
        "-special electric circuit " (Cell phone charger? Extension cord in back seat? Jumper cables?)
        "-anti overheating manual circuit" (What this is I don't even…)
        "-sport light" (Like a Lotus?)
        "-Power break" (Does awesome burnouts)
        "-emission test" (good to know it comes with the test. How much to take and pass the test?)

    1. danleym Avatar

      That does not quite conform to my knowledge of the term "murdered out." Most notably, there is a paint color other than black on it.

  20. Sjalabais Avatar

    Norway's only Chrysler produced between 1980-1990 for sale is a manual Dodge Spirit 2.5 Turbo. Comes with a parts car. The car was driven to Norway from Germany four years ago and is operable, yet not registered.
    <img src="; width="600">

    1. Sjalabais Avatar

      Oh and the Swedes do have quite the collection of LeBaron convertibles for those who care to be bothered.

    2. Tomsk Avatar

      Huh. Most export versions of the Acclaim/Spirit/LeBaron were sold as the Chrysler Saratoga.

      1. TurboBrick Avatar

        That one probably was a personal import from the US.

        1. Sjalabais Avatar

          Of all the things to choose from…someone imported this. Good that taste is individual!

  21. C³-Cool Cadillac Cat Avatar
    C³-Cool Cadillac Cat

    Bordello burgundy interior, FTW!
    My wife calls it whorehouse red.
    If this were even remotely close to me, I'd be embarrassingly tempted.
    <img src="; width="400">
    But! It says Imperial right there on the side!

  22. mazder3 Avatar

    How about a fully restored Reliant wagon on shiny chrome PT GT rims? Only $1700!
    <img src=""&gt; <a href="” target=”_blank”>

  23. ptschett Avatar

    Here's a LeBaron listed at $450 that apparently ran when parked, then the heads were pulled and one was found to be cracked.
    <img src="; width="500"/> <a href="” target=”_blank”>

    1. fodder650 Avatar

      Ran before repaired?

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