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. 
While we all strive for a sense of individuality, I think a greater internal motivator is the feeling that we fit in. Last week we went looking for cars and trucks that don’t fit in – or at least were being offered for sale in places they probably didn’t belong. We’ll see the oddest duck after the jump, but first let’s get to this week’s quest for the best.
You know the general consus regarding cars from the ’70s is that they sucked. That’s a stereotype, and while there is plenty of evidence to that being true, it’s not universally the case. I’d like your help in finding cars and trucks from the ’70s that not only don’t suck, but might actually be something you might want to buy.
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Got that? Great, now let’s not fit in.


What’s the old phrase, to stick out like a sore thumb? Or maybe it’s like a turd in a punchbowl, either way it doesn’t sound too pleasurable. Fortunately when it comes to cars and trucks for sale in places they probably shouldn’t ought to be, there’s little pain involved.
In fact, I think the Brazilian Puma GTB in Florida found by Jeepster is a particularly pleasant find. Less so but equally out of its element was this Chevy Wagon jim found for sale in of all places, Italy. Mama Mia!
But in my mind, the most intriguing was this Finnish 1964 Imperial found by Sjalabais for 75,000Kr or about $12,000 U.S.. Enormous and rusty, it is the Ugly American embodied in car form.
Congrats to Sjalabais and thank you all for the great submissions! Now, find me something from the ’70s that doesn’t suck.
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61 Comments

    1. That brocade interior is AWESOME! Brocade needs to make a comeback. Forget leather, I want brocade.

    1. This is what I was going to post… but I didn’t think it would be taken by the 3rd comment already.

      1. I was trying to find an early 70’s Chrysler Newport with no luck. This more than fills the soft and cushy void.

        1. Same story here, except I still see a few.

          My dad says they sold quite well in my area, since I live in Alberta, and these were quite hot with the oilfield workers.

        2. My ex-father-in-law owned a pristine example with 26k miles (all original, always garaged). He was trying to sell it for $20k 10 years ago, but the market would only yield $12k, which surprised me. I drove it to a car show for him once, and it was a blast to drive!

          1. So because your ex-father-in-law couldn’t sell it for the price he wanted, he “temporarily” stored it in your garage, and it’s still there right? Looking all pristine and ready to head out on the road again?

  1. This is the kind of truck I had in mind when I created my username. Okay, it’s a 1978 GMC, but in this condition, I’m calling close enough.

    http://i.ebayimg.com/00/s/NjAwWDgwMA==/z/jYMAAOSwPgxVMnPZ/$_27.JPG

    http://www.kijiji.ca/v-classic-cars/strathcona-county/1978-gmc-shortbox-stepside-2wd-5-3l-efi/1065438341?enableSearchNavigationFlag=true

    Normally I don’t care for LS swaps (too easy, and overdone), but since it’s within the family, and from the same type of vehicle, this one gets a thumbs up from me.

    1. I had one that was identical… probably.. The only difference is mine had a worked over 69 Olds rocket 455 under the hood. I was a hairy ride but it’s one car I would love to recreate today.

  2. Camaro! I don’t care about the mullet and redneck connotations, I’ve liked this generation ever since I got this one in Hot Wheels.

    http://www.hotwheelsbr.com/2007_Fotos_SS/044.jpg

    Anyway, here’s one.

    I actually love the colour combo, too.

    http://i.ebayimg.com/00/s/NjAwWDgwMA==/z/X9AAAOSwBahVYAds/$_27.JPG

    http://www.kijiji.ca/v-classic-cars/red-deer/get-your-summer-on-1980-z28/1074336183?enableSearchNavigationFlag=true

    I mean, how can you say no to burgundy and red?

    http://i.ebayimg.com/00/s/NjAwWDgwMA==/z/g1MAAOSw3xJVYAdz/$_27.JPG

  3. http://images.craigslist.org/00h0h_iIov73JuVNA_600x450.jpg
    http://cnj.craigslist.org/cto/5092224121.html
    1974 AMC Javelin AMX – $8000 (Farmingdale)
    This 1974 AMC Javelin AMX was purchased from the original owner in April 1988. It has a 304 V8 Automatic engine with power steering & dual exhaust. Car was in storage until I began restoration of the vehicle. The following work was completed as a part of the restoration:
    – all new brakes, line hoses, and pads
    – reconditioned fuel tank, new fuel pump & sending unit
    – new radiator & starter
    – rebuilt carburetor
    – fresh paint job
    – custom front seat covers and new carpet
    The car is very solid and has been restored to be a daily driven vehicle. in 1987, the car was converted from a four speed manual to an automatic. The wipers, heat blower, speedometer & odometer do not work. Minor trim, emblems, headlight spring kit, trunk gasket, spoiler vent, and the antenna are missing. Please forward all questions or concerns to seller or call

    So the tough part has been done, $8k is stiff but not unbearable and there’s plenty of engine bay to put something worthwhile in it. Also, all of those other issues? Bargaining chips.
    NO ONE will get mad at you for not keeping a 74 AMX stock.

    1. I can’t read German, but it looks like a Sterling kit car – with some VERY questionable modifications and an incredibly optimistic asking price.

      1. Def. some sort of kit but then owner has added width + all that tacky crap.
        It has remote controlled hydraulic open-close system for the ‘Bermuda roof’ (first time I see this name).
        PS. my German is weak too, seems that seller meant that you can’t get similar car to registry nowadays, but this thing is in reg. already so it’s golden. Still, why ask 40k…

    2. Oddly enough, I feel like there’s a lot right with the basic shape. It just needs all the extraneous bit, bobs, and bolt-ons removed and a decent coat of paint…

    3. To be fair, he claims it couldn’t be registered anymore if it was built today. This example is registered and could probably easily be transferred to a new owner. The website advertised on the car is worth a visit: http://www.koon-design.de
      I especially like the Matra Murena/Testarossa he calls Eagle-SS, the “Batmobil” and the awesome html-work that went into creating that website.

  4. What a great honour to win this competition, yet, this is a Norwegian car (.no) and 75k NOK is 9000$ – not 12000$. Suddenly, a deal!
    Finding a 70s car I’d want is really easy, since this is more or less my favourite decade. I choose this best-year-for-the-140 1972 Volvo 144 DL. The steering wheel would have to go, but the rest looks great. Take a look at how lost the fourbanger seems to be in the engine bay!
    http://finncdn.no/mmo/2015/7/vertical-3/28/1/622/204/31_1510396697_xl.jpg
    http://finncdn.no/mmo/2015/7/vertical-3/28/1/622/204/31_1640930442_xl.jpg
    Also, definitely not to my taste at all, but this is how very many 140s end their days; and it is more of a luxo-crapshoot to me:
    http://finncdn.no/mmo/2015/7/vertical-3/29/9/622/605/09_1579706838_xl.jpg

  5. A running upscale El Camino for $500 or “420 trades”? Why is this not already in 24HOL?
    http://sacramento.craigslist.org/cto/5146737557.html
    http://images.craigslist.org/00808_7Ku0F86fIXl_600x450.jpg
    77″ GMC SPRINT 500 O.B.O
    CAR CONDITION : Good/Fair condition 350 Engine STOCK VEHICLE (Original Body & Interior) RUNS GOOD NEEDS : FRONT TIRE in order to drive off . CRACKED Window sheild Vehicle Registration Fees: $750
    420 trades
    SERIOUS INQUIRES

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