Craigslist Crapshoot

The World’s Worst Car Is For Sale On Craigslist
Welcome to Craigslist Crapshoot, our weekly search for the most bizarre, awesome, and/or terrible vehicles that the online classifieds has to offer. 
A car’s engine is unquestionably its heart, and long before the medical profession was able to transplant human hearts between donor and recipient auto enthusiasts had pretty much perfected the deed. That’s one for us folks! Last week we went looking for engines ready to rock and – of course roll. We’ll see beating-est heart in a sec, but first this week’s challenge asks you to say fore!
The Tesla Model S is nothing more than the world’s fanciest golf cart. Well, not really, as I think the greenskeeper would get pretty ticked off if you were to try and do 18 holes in one. Regardless of the differences, there’s little doubt that electric vehicles of some kind are most likely the future of personal transportation. Considering that few of us can currently afford a Tesla, or any of the other full electrics offered by car makers at the moment, but still want to get a feel for what it’s like, this week we want you to find us some golf carts. The codicil is that weirder is better. And keep them under $5,000, m’kay?
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 mill around.

You all came up with some excellent finds last week. Notable among those was a group of Lancia Delta Integrale 16V engines – what is that, a flock? A pod? – found by jim. The winner however – in both the coolest mill and just greatest number – was Kiefmo, who came up with a bunch of amazing engines, currently disenfranchised from their hosts. The most interesting of those was this 1963 Ford 390 Tripower.
That’s a cool torquey V8 that could do service in a lot of different applications, one of which could be just sitting on the engine stand looking cool. Congrats to Kiefmo, and thanks to you all for such a bunch of amazing finds.
1963 FORD 390 tripower engine

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61 responses to “Craigslist Crapshoot”

  1. PotbellyJoe★★★★★ Avatar

    2008 smart Fortwo passion gas saver 41mpg leather panorama roof auto – $5400
    Just barely over the limit. I’m sure you could negotiate though.

    1. CraigSu Avatar

      One only wonders what using the search terms “cute little fart” will get you on CraigsList.

    2. Maymar Avatar
      Boom. As a golf cart, I’m sure you don’t have to worry about getting it legalized, and the savings under the $5k limit should more than cover transportation (especially as $5k US apparently works out to about $6220CDN).
      That said, we have plenty of 2nd gens under the price limit – might be we saturated the market with them or something.

  2. PotbellyJoe★★★★★ Avatar
    EZGO golf carts – $4000
    Lifted ez-go golf cart this has all the extras- batteries are not new but hold a charge – over sized tires,custom dash,fold out back seat,aluminum wheels, stereo with CD player,head lights/tail lights an turn signals- can be used as low speed vehicle- at jersey shore or communitys that use them,electric winch,chrome side rails an brush gaurd, locking glove boxes , Diamond plate side an kick plates – custom paint job- new split windshield w/ lite tint $4000.00
    Comes with a free bowl of soup.

  3. mdharrell Avatar

    1970 Rover 40, $200:
    “Very rare and very cool 1970-1971 fiberglass three wheel bag golf carrier. Electric/battery driven. Clip the remote control to you belt and the thing follows you around.. Needs batteries.”

    1. P161911 Avatar

      I could think of so many great uses for a contraption like that. I wonder how well the 1970 “follow you around remote” works.

      1. mdharrell Avatar

        I suspect the answer is poorly, but I’m sorely tempted to go to Steilacoom tomorrow.

        1. P161911 Avatar

          This would be a PERFECT addition to your fleet. It is almost the same color as your KV-1. It probably has enough speed to keep up with it too. How great would an autonomous trailer be?!?

          1. mdharrell Avatar

            Yes, I am all too well aware of that. I just called the seller and have an appointment for tomorrow morning. I hate Craigslist Crapshoot.

          2. P161911 Avatar

            This just might be the same company:

          3. mdharrell Avatar

            That’s not a very informative website. Nonetheless it isn’t clear that this Rover robotic golf caddy has anything to do with that Rover robotic golf caddy.
            I can’t say I ever expected to type anything like the previous sentence.

          4. Alff Avatar

            Is there another chapter to this story?

          5. Top-dead-centre Avatar

            Hot-rod the motor and gearing, add some lights, and the KV can now have a hitchless trailer.. 😀

          6. Alff Avatar

            You’ll be harreleded as a genius when brittle fiberglass is as valuable as gold.

    2. Alff Avatar

      I’d mount a cooler on it.

      1. mdharrell Avatar

        I’m thinking along those lines for after-hours use in a LeMons paddock, assuming it won’t run afoul of the No Cruisin’ or Stuntin’ or Splodin’ rule. Arguably it’s not a motorized vehicle if there’s no accommodation for an operator or passenger. At least that’ll be my argument.

        1. Vairship Avatar

          You could do a “Help, my beer is chasing me!” theme…
          (Replace beer with akvavit if racing a SAAB).

  4. P161911 Avatar

    Well, my Dad just got this “Golf Cart” for the lake house.
    It is a 1995 Jeep Wrangler YJ, 5-speed, 4 cylinder. It was cheaper than any decent golf cart at $1350. It runs, drives, has a new top, no rust, and newer 18″ Jeep wheels. It has a few issues: needs exhaust (optional), needs new tires (will get 15″ wheels and used off road tires), needs front drive shaft, needs a backseat (might just make one), 5th gear doesn’t work (might just need a C Clip, but doesn’t really matter, not needed), needs a new rattle can paint job (the current one comes off on your hands when it rains.) It will be primarily used to go up and down the road from the house to the dock and carry people and stuff to the boat. Currently the road is about a 0.2 mile loop that requires 4WD to get up if it rains and a truck or high ground clearance vehicle if it doesn’t. My folks are getting on in years and the walk up and down the steep hill is getting harder. Even after a few repairs, this Jeep will be cheaper than any golf cart or UTV/Gator/Mule. Plus it can be driven on the road or even back to their home about 15 miles from the lake place.

  5. P161911 Avatar

    “Considering that few of us can currently afford a Tesla, or any of the other full electrics offered by car makers at the moment” I just got a Leaf a month ago. Technically it falls well under the $5,000 price limit for a two year lease. The lease is $283/month. I get $5,000 off my Georgia state income taxes that can be taken over 5 years. The after tax cost is less than $75/month. With insurance and everything, if gas prices stay above $2.50/gallon, I will be somewhere between a net cost of $0 and saving/making money with it. If you factor in the maintenance costs I save keeping 1,0000 miles/month off my other two vehicles, I’m definitely making money.

  6. P161911 Avatar

    A ’65 Mustang! A little high, but it says “Bring all offers”.

    1. jeepjeff Avatar

      Or the Elfego Baca Shootout:

    2. Please Stand By Avatar
      Please Stand By

      Caddyshack: Fury Road

  7. P161911 Avatar

    A ’47 Chevy Truck style
    (Golf carts are really damn expensive!)

  8. P161911 Avatar

    Putting the crap in crapshoot at only $500. Doesn’t look much better than the Grand Seas Resort that it came from (with 2.5/5 stars on Tripadvisor)

  9. CraigSu Avatar

    Tattoo art cart, anyone?
    I am selling my Art Golf Cart. I have over 100 hours of time spent painting. Munsters, Dead Flamingos, Tattooed ladies, AwesomeSauce, Killer Gnomes, Rat Fink, Barney Fife, etc. oh yeah and there’s even a Where’s Waldo hidden………..ostrich skin black, gray and white upholstery…. It has been professionally clear coated 3x. I have enjoyed my cart but it’s time to find another project. $2,500 OBO.
    More pics here:

    1. mdharrell Avatar

      For a bit more on the Kelsen Electric Sports Rider:
      and how to distinguish it from an Electra King:
      and, of course, the Kelsen modified by George Barris for Ann-Margret:

  10. P161911 Avatar

    Everybody knows the real reason most guys play golf is to just get outside and drink beer.

  11. P161911 Avatar

    They don’t say if the welder is included. For recreating all your favorite Austin Powers moments.

  12. Guest Avatar

    A little high, but I’m sure you could negotiate him down.

    Apparently rednecks golf. Club Car Ford F-150 Replica Golf Cart$_27.JPG

    1. Vairship Avatar

      Clearly it needs to be donked to truly finish the look!

  13. 1977ChevyTruck Avatar

    “Made from metal just needs 2 batteries n off ya go”
    I’m sure the A/C just needs a recharge too.$_27.JPG
    And this is the last one, I promise!

  14. Lokki Avatar

    2000 GEM Utility Golf Cart / Car – $5200
    $5200 asking means $5,000 easy, right? Right!!
    Anyhow, four passenger, and *Street-Legal* on roads posted up to 35 mph! “Can pull a small trailer!” In fact, “Front wheel drive, has windshield wipers, blinkers, horn, headlights, tail lights, storage box on back, 2″ ball hitch, comes with custom cover.”

  15. Lokki Avatar

    You know I stumbled across this while looking for electric golf carts and I realized that everyone must be feeling old and constipated and prissy today. To Hell with golf carts and golfing and cruising around silently. Now, put down damn your glass of milk and let’s go mudboggin’ ya’all!
    The Mudstang
    A mustang body on a 4×4 bronco chassis with a 302 and a factory ford top load 3 speed tranny. Everything works, all 4 pull, and she’s ready for the mudbog. Also has a 4 core afco aluminum radiator, dual batteries, electric fans, an electric fuel pump, and a Holly 500 two barrel carb. Free delivery within 30 miles of Crandall and will also throw in another set of heads, aluminum tubular intake, aluminum valve covers, and headers. $2500

    1. Vairship Avatar

      That’s pretty awesome!

  16. Manxman Avatar

    I thought I might find one or two in my neck of the woods for under $5K but there are tons of them from mild to wild. All in the Springfield, MO area. The most interesting one I found (among many) is this 4×4 for $3,500.

    1. Vairship Avatar

      Although awesome, I’d be more interested in the itty-bitty (Daihatsu?) dump truck in the background.

    1. dukeisduke Avatar

      Ask the man who owns one?
      (and his wife?)

      1. Manic_King Avatar

        Grumpy mother maybe? Not an blooming family business, this.

        1. Vairship Avatar

          Room for 6 though, obvious proof you don’t need an SUV/CUV to haul the kid’s football team around.
          Although they just might object to the color (needs Hello Kitty stickers for the full effect though)…

  17. nanoop Avatar

    The obvious answer from a European point: Volkswagen Golf!
    This one is 3.7kUSD.
    (Apologies if I repeat somebody else : I’m on my phone and don’t see all images)

  18. Sean McMillan Avatar
    Sean McMillan

    “come see this amazing golf cart. decked out in cadillac brand emblems,
    custom w Suzuki 4 barrel carbs motorcycle engine”
    unfortunately the seller isn’t much of a photographer and didn’t manage to include the whole thing in any of his pics

  19. Jeepster Avatar

    It is a cart, electric, and only $425 !

  20. Jeepster Avatar

    Escalade …bonus points for Spiderman

  21. Please Stand By Avatar
    Please Stand By

    Why be so serious when you can have a Joker themed cart with a Suzuki 750 cc motor.

  22. Tank Avatar

    Well, I wouldn’t buy it, but this is what you asked for

  23. Tank Avatar

    How about a cart for Hauling beer across the course (or Trailer park) and avoiding Smokey?

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