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. 
(EDITOR’S NOTE: Due to the site outage last week which prevented comments on a butt-load of posts, we’re re-running the last Craigslist Crapshoot to give you all a chance to play. Sorry about the down time, now let’s get our searches on!)
We got all 21 Jump Street last week two weeks back, looking for the coolest cars under $2,000 that a High Schooler might want to drive. We’ll see which ad most popped our quiz in a sec, but first let’s become true auto enthusiasts.
That oblique reference is of course from Jeremy Clarkson’s assertion that one cannot be a true car nut until they have owned an Alfa Romeo. I don’t know of that badge of honor is extended to the execrable rebadged Nissans from the ’80s, but we’ll take those and any other Alfa for sale – as long as the price doesn’t exceed $5,000. Yes, I’m expecting a sea of 164s and mountains of Milanos, but we want are cars that look like they might be worth the price of entry.
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 get high…school.


When I was in high school my ride was a Honda Express when it wasn’t raining and a 1961 Corvair 700 Turtle Top when it was. Yeah, I wasn’t the fastest kid around, nor was I the coolest. You all found some cool rides that today’s high schoolers would no doubt jones over, and many of them were practical as well.
The 2000 VW Jetta sporting a stick and a replacement VR6 found by Salguod was an early contender for the crown, but then I remembered owning one of these and what a turd it was. I wouldn’t want to saddle a pizza delivery driver or whatever it is teens do for money these days with what is likely to be a money pit.
I also liked Smalleyxb122‘s suggestion of a “Shaggin’ Wagon” to terrify parents, but as a parent myself, I couldn’t in good conscience perpetuate that stereotype. In the end it was Engineerd would took the prize, allowing a high schooler to fully embrace their own Wonder Years in a pre-disastered 1968 Buick Le Sabre that’s both cool and likely an easy ride to wrench on. It also uses regular gas which is a plus, and it has a back seat that’s big enough to sleep in if your parents start to really get all up in your grille about stupid stuff like grades and what you’re planning to do with your life.
Thanks to you all for helping out Generation… what are we up to now, Z? Congrats as well to Engineerd.
1968 buick lesabre

45 Comments

    1. I could use somthing like that for the upcoming winter of doom. The ol timey farmers almanac is predicting this upcoming winter will be much worse than last winter. Well we had more than five feet of snow here so it’s gonna be bad if that’s the case. Might need to buy a monster truck with tracks.

  1. Man, I thought the operating word last week was “cool”, not reliability. I’m sure that Buick will be less trouble than the Jetta. And I had plans for the prize money too. 😀
    Only one “alpha” found, and that’s after clicking “search nearby areas” and “adding 6 more” maybe 5 or 6 times. Then it turns out this “31 alpha romeo” is a VW powered kit. Only $4500 though.
    http://cincinnati.craigslist.org/cto/5185070294.html
    http://images.craigslist.org/00808_fmpzmLi84SE_600x450.jpg

      1. You know, it took me reading my post again this week to get your comment. I have an uncanny ability to overlook typos releatedly.
        I fixed it, but left the old behind so yours would make sense.

    1. A friend of mine has this cars exact twin sitting in his shop with a fresh engine that is waiting new injectors and ecu. Oh and everything else that makes these enjoyable to some. Like a drivers seat and electrics that are 100% functional.

  2. http://newyork.craigslist.org/que/cto/5194635358.html
    Alright this guy clearly just had an Alfa intervention.
    “Honey, I love you and everyone here cares very deeply for you. That is why it hurts us to see you waste money on these Alfas.
    “You own two of them and 4 cars worth of parts and you still don’t have one whole car that runs.
    We know you are suffering because we are suffering too.
    Please sell them on Craigslist. Please. And then use the money to buy a Miata.
    We need this period of your car enthusiast lifestyle to be over, or we will be forced to burn the Alfas and the parts to the ground to make you stop.”
    From the post:
    ONE IS A 1982 ALFA GTV 6 BALOCCO #172 WITH 44K NEEDS WORK SOLID BODY ASKING $3000 NEG.
    THE OTHER ONE IS A 1984 GTV 6 MARATONA WITH 91K ALSO NEEDS WORK BUT RUNS AND DRIVES AND HAS SOME RUST ASKING $2500.
    BOTH CARS HAVE CLEAR TITLES.
    FOR INFO PLEASE CALL show contact info I ALSO HAVE PARTS FOR THESE CARS.

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