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. 
The U.S. and Great Britain have a lot in common, not least of which is a passion for trucks that love the muck. Here in the States we have the Jeep, born out of WWII and as important an icon of our nation as the Bald Eagle or super-sized portion of fast food. Great Britain has the Land Rover, which also saw its inception during the War, and which only recently saw its paleo-parent – lately called the Defender – end production. Last week we celebrated Land Rover by looking for some excellent choices of that marque on the used car market. We’ll see which one tops the cake in a sec, but first we need to go back to the future.
Okay now, by that I don’t mean we’re looking for Deloreans and Toyota pickups. The future I want us to go back to is one in which cars had… digital dashboards. Yep, from the seventies through the ’80s it seemed as though the digital dash was the wave of the future, a future than never really materialized. Let’s go back to that, and see what we can find for sale that still lights up our lives.
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Got that? Good, now let’s roll over Rover.


For a car make with a reputation for carrying Great Britain through the war, Land Rover’s more recent reputation for surrendering to mechanical failure might have you shouting bloody hell! The worst offenders are the often most expensive ones – like the ’97 Range Rover found by Andrew_theS2kBore, but the cheap seats LR2 also has a rep for amazing levels of disappointment, and Lokki shares a story of a friend who owned one for all of 45 days and who wishes to get those 45 days back.
You can’t beat the original, although even the Defenders had their issues. If you’re going to own one however, you might want to get the toughest, most hirsute version you can, and that’s why this armor-plated and grenade-launching Land Rover – also found by Lokki – is our pick for what should be your pick.
Thanks to all for playing, and congrats to Lokki and sympathies to Lokki’s LR2-tainted friend.
1974 Land rover shorland Armor car

36 Comments

    1. Does Ford have the trademark on the car keypad?

      I’ve only ever seen them on Fords, and I think it works well enough that other carmakers would pick it up.

      1. I think there were others (Acura?), but it was definitely more prevalent on Fords. In fact, once the remote fob became ubiquitous everyone else stopped using them. Ford tried, but the geezers buying Town Cars and Grand Marquiseses threw a fit. So they added them back in a horribly uninspired manner.

    1. Do you know what’s fun?

      Fun is when your car has automatic temperature control, and the temp reading switches from F to C, based on the E/M button for the dash, but your car doesn’t have the E/M button because it has an analog dash. Then your imported American car tells you the temperature in F, and you don’t don’t know how to deal with F, because you’ve been taught C your entire life!

      *mini-rant from a crazy person*

      1. Rough conversion: 70F = 20C. Then, every 2F higher or lower equals 1C higher or lower. That works well for the temps here in SoCal, but might be off slightly with the very low temps up there in Frigidonia.

    1. I read your quoted bits to the tune of REM’s It’s the End of the World As We Know It. Scanned almost perfectly.
      Also, a bit of WTF from the ad: “Air suspension (imagine the feeling of driving a boat)”
      Now, I’m no boat person, but I’ve always been under the impression that they were without any sort of suspension aside from the whole floaty-displacement bit.

      1. +6 hp/gauge. An extra +3 for the cluster, but -2 for the ones on the dash dead center in front of the driver.
        Aw, screw it. Kill the whole thing with fire.

  1. Another t-bird, this an ’85 30th Anniversary edition. This is such a good pic of the dash, I couldn’t refuse. I could also have offered you a clean ’85 Corvette, an ’80’s Firebird KITT car project that’s going nowhere fast, or an early ’90’s Caprice Classic with “new digital dash” but no pics. Dude, why you toying with me?!
    https://houston.craigslist.org/cto/5426923117.html
    Good looking car.

    1. Ooh, a Tipo. Dad had an -89, a white stripper with a carbureted Uno engine.
      I’d love to have a mint Sedicivalvole. 16v 2.0 engine with nearly 150hp, and the weight and refinement of a poorly assembled sardine can, only with a surprising amount of room. And the window cranks would certainly fall off if you so much as looked at them.
      http://i203.photobucket.com/albums/aa249/mjaz101/Tipo.jpg

    1. Most Uno Turbos have been wrapped around a tree at ludicrous speed. The remaining cars have probably been crushed because absolutely everything except the engine broke or rusted away.

  2. What are the chances the digital dash in $400 Ford Probe will still work?

    “Still runs and drives just fine but insurance company would probably want some work put into it before it gets on the road again.”

    Well that inspires confidence…

    http://i.ebayimg.com/00/s/NDUwWDgwMA==/z/MrMAAOSwYaFWg2ja/$_27.JPG

    http://i.ebayimg.com/00/s/NDUwWDgwMA==/z/zO0AAOSwJcZWg2i7/$_27.JPG

    http://www.kijiji.ca/v-cars-trucks/edmonton/1989-ford-probe-lx-runs-and-drives/1129129362?enableSearchNavigationFlag=true

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