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. 
You know, there’s been so many global conflicts of late that the previously commonly understood term “Pre-War” could presently be taken as meaning something from 1998. We were looking for cars embracing the traditional form of the term and you came through in spades. We’ll what’s old in just a sec, but first this week’s quest.
I don’t know about you, but I could sure go for some cheap fun. Let’s say you have $1,500 burning a hole in your pocket – that one, RIGHT THERE! You’ll want to do something with that, so pick out what YOU would spend that $1500 on. It could be a car or a car part, I’m easy.
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 turn back the hands of time.


Pre-War cars and trucks generally lack the sort of acceleration, braking, and handling imbued in their modern counterparts. That makes the thought of driving one a bit daunting. That doesn’t mean however that I wouldn’t give a go to any one of a number of the cool old rides you all found last week.
Let’s start with the 1932 Studebaker Rockne found by Inliner which definitely would win one for the Gipper. If that one is too far gone for you then the Europe-located Dictator located by Sjalabais might prove more your fascist leader-themed cup of Studebaker. Going even farther back, mdharrell got is all hot and bothered with a pre-WWI Stanley Steamer, while oldcarjunkie found the coolest hot rod of the bunch.
The most desirable of all—at least for me—was the 1930 Oldsmobile turned up by I_Borgward. That car is want-worthy owning to its seemingly all-original condition, the fact that it’s claimed to have been left in an honest to goodness barn since 1959, and for the cool OLDSMOBILE stamped into the access plate on the side of the head. I don’t know if I’d clean it up, or just drive it as is and soak up all the history and mouse pee it likely maintains.
Congrats to I_Borgward, and thank you all as always for your most excellent contributions. Now, let’s go spend some cash we don’t have.
1930 Oldsmobile F-30 Special
 

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  1. Wayne Moyer Avatar
    Wayne Moyer

    A cheap Astrovan camper takes care of a lot of needs. Just look past the fact that it needs a fuel primer. He’s going to get that fixed this week.
    95 AWD Astro van imperial. low top camper edition. Reposting due to having to repair a couple issues with it that popped up. $1500. Obo. runs good. inspection good until 2 / 17. has tv, mood lighting, rear seat folds out to a bed. Curtains on all the windows. Nice little bedroom on wheels.
    **Or trade for a 4 cylinder car.
    **There is a push button hooked up to the fuel pump prime side, sometimes the fuel pump doesn’t prime when key is turned to on position, so sometimes just have to hold the button in for 5 seconds to prime fuel system before starting. Previous owner replaced fuel pump and relay last year. Fuel gage is off by 1/4 tank or so. When gage says 1/4 it’s on E. 1/2 = 1/4, 3/4 = 1/2.
    ****Fuel prime button will be fixed within the week.***
    http://reading.craigslist.org/cto/5555264143.html

    1. Guest Avatar
      Guest

      May I recommend the “Bad Asstro”?

      It’s been kicking around my local classifieds for a while, and my 13 year old brother is hopelessly infatuated with it. (He likes anything with stacks, or light bars, or flat black paint. I’m not really sure if we’re related, actually.)

      Also, seriously, read the ad. It’s… interesting, to say the least.

      http://i.ebayimg.com/00/s/ODAwWDQ1MA==/z/jVIAAOSwShJXLTor/$_27.JPG

      http://www.kijiji.ca/v-classic-cars/st-albert/bad-asstro-need-gone/1162887604?enableSearchNavigationFlag=true

      1. Wayne Moyer Avatar
        Wayne Moyer

        So it’s the kind of van where a Harley rider will ask you to tone it down a bit.

        1. Guest Avatar
          Guest

          Exactly! Even the “rolling coal” crowd are bound to be a bit afraid of this thing.

      2. Vairship Avatar
        Vairship

        I like the fact that the exhaust stack blocks the sliding door. That was really well thought out…

        1. Guest Avatar
          Guest

          Getting in and out is overrated!

          That’s why the next owner should lift it!

  2. Kiefmo Avatar
    Kiefmo

    For the occasional Home Depot run, I’ll take this ’55 Chevy 6/4-ton stake bed DRW truck. That cab sheetmetal is immaculate, and it would probably gleam bright red after a waxing. Replace the wood in the bed, recover the seat, and then find an old guy to tell me what all of the levers on the floor do.
    https://images.craigslist.org/00R0R_8sY8xg7JIC5_1200x900.jpg
    https://kansascity.craigslist.org/cto/5559614079.html

    1. longrooffan Avatar
      longrooffan

      Transmission shift lever (2 speed), bed dump lever, parking brake.

      1. Kiefmo Avatar
        Kiefmo

        Just two speeds?? Is the top end 25mph in these things?

        1. longrooffan Avatar
          longrooffan

          Most likely a four speed but the lever near the top of the shifter is, what I think is called, a two speed in that it is like an overdrive.

          1. Kiefmo Avatar
            Kiefmo

            Oh, is that one of those two-speed rear axles I’ve heard about?

  3. Wayne Moyer Avatar
    Wayne Moyer

    Cheap classics are both cool and scary at the same time. For $1500 this seems to be to good to be true. Of course this one is because of a missing title. Since this is a runner there is still that question about whether you should roll the dice or not.
    http://reading.craigslist.org/cto/5573599346.html
    1962 Buick skylark 2 door, v8 aluminium block, auto transmission will run $1500 will run. Bill of sale only no title

    1. Batshitbox Avatar
      Batshitbox

      Seriously. If someone handed me $1500 bucks and said buy something car related, thanks to you, it would be this. I’d buy it just to look at, title be damned.

      1. Wayne Moyer Avatar
        Wayne Moyer

        I need to research what it takes to get a missing title in Pennsylvania because now this has my interest.

      2. Xelmon Avatar
        Xelmon

        Hey there! I was told that you know a few things about Scouts…. Bear with me here.
        Guard-Duck off of Oppo told me to reach out to you about them. I tried to PM you, however your old Oppo is shut down and I can’t find you anywhere else… So yeah!
        I can haz helpz?
        I’ve never driven one, and aren’t familiar with parts/engines/transmissions and such, so I’d like to ask for some pointers.
        I do have a 69 Chevy Van, so solid front/rear axles are familiar to me.
        PS; Oh hey, Wayne’s here too! Bad-ass!

        1. Batshitbox Avatar
          Batshitbox

          Haloo! I’m all out of Scouts at the moment, but I learned a bunch from the three that I had. Commentator Scoutdude is also a fount of knowledge. I think he comments as guest, and doesn’t seem to have a Disqus profile.
          I’m a fan of Super Scout Specialists for parts. Definitely call if you don’t see something listed on the website. I had a bad experience with scoutparts dot com early on, but they got better. Craigslist is best, you meet the nicest people taking Scouts apart!
          Early Scouts, known as Scout 80s, were all 4-cylinder and had folding windshields. The Scout 800s look very similar (note the the location of the door lock cylinder for an easy tell) but packed a V-8 and even a straight 6. The axle width might have changed, too. Scout 2s were the biggies and include Travelers and Terras. You can get disk brakes on those axles!
          All Scouts are 2-door and have a removable top. All Scouts were “custom order”, as in the customer filled out a lengthy spec sheet at the dealership, and then the Scout was built and shipped. You can get a Line Setting Ticket specific to your VIN from Super Scout that will list the original setup. (Sort of like reading the RPOs on a GM product.)
          The 2WD editions of each model are cheaper to acquire, and pretty simple to convert to 4WD. My Scout 80 2WDs had a Borg Warner 3-speed that would not drive a transfer case, so converting one of them is a bigger job.
          Generally, IH didn’t like to make or purchase 2 different parts when they could get one to serve two functions, so there’s plenty of shared parts with other vehicles and across the years. They were designed to be fixed by farm boys in remote locations.
          IH loved fine series threads! That’s one strange thing about them. I think it was so if they got stripped you could jam a coarse thread tap through and be on your way. Not that I’ve ever done that. Nope.
          Beware of left-hand threads on the left side wheel lugs. It’s a thing. Chrysler did it, too.

          1. Xelmon Avatar
            Xelmon

            Way cool, thanks for all the tips!
            I ended up getting a nice and crispy one in Arizona… Gotta fly there and all that, but w/e, it’s nice.
            Rag joint has to be replaced. Mechanic also said that the brakes are hard and the front propshaft is a bit of play in it.
            Otherwise it’s got a 345, automatic with a 727, and got the single-speed transfer case.

    2. dead_elvis, inc. Avatar
      dead_elvis, inc.

      Does CA require a title for vehicles that old? Some states don’t bother issuing titles beyond X years of age.

      1. Tomsk Avatar
        Tomsk

        Yes, but based on the experience my dad had getting a title for his freebie ’57 Chevy project about 10 years ago, it’s not a massive headache to get one if you have all your ducks in a row.

  4. Jofes2 Avatar
    Jofes2

    I would greet the summer in this convertible 1988 Peugeot 205 CTI for sale only a 5-10 minute walk away from my house that, according to the ad, was used in a reality show with last year’s Eurovision winner Måns Zelmerlöv and the nationally famous Swedish comedian Johan Glans. Star cred, wind in your hair and red seats, all for $1470.
    https://cdn.blocket.com/static/0/original/31/3130387847.jpg
    https://www.blocket.se/stockholm/Peugeot_205_CTI_66883976.htm?ca=5&w=3

  5. Andrew_theS2kBore Avatar
    Andrew_theS2kBore

    It doesn’t stop (needs brakes), but that’s ok* because it doesn’t go either (needs batteries).
    http://images.craigslist.org/01111_dskaZxKtrW6_600x450.jpg
    http://sandiego.craigslist.org/csd/cto/5579895978.html
    *pre-justification written for the benefit of mdharrell, who would actually buy this

    1. Wayne Moyer Avatar
      Wayne Moyer

      I’l buy this as well. I’ve had a chance to see a couple in person and learn how to upgrade it. the fact that it’s missing the batteries isn’t a negative since you are just losing the ni-cads.

      1. Andrew_theS2kBore Avatar
        Andrew_theS2kBore

        I’d imagine you could make one of these quite speedy with the right motor and battery packs. Heck, stick one on each axle and go scare P85Ds…

        1. Wayne Moyer Avatar
          Wayne Moyer

          I don’t know if you watch Leno’s garage but he has an old electric Opera car that they are putting a Tesla powertrain into.

    2. mdharrell Avatar

      I’ve given these some thought. They do have a most radical accelerator pedal.
      https://farm9.staticflickr.com/8523/8571251224_067bb56af6_o.jpg

      1. Andrew_theS2kBore Avatar
        Andrew_theS2kBore

        On the off chance you do buy it, let me know and we’ll have a beer or something while you’re in San Diego.

    3. dukeisduke Avatar
      dukeisduke

      Didn’t Ed Begley, Jr, have one (still drive it)?

      1. Wayne Moyer Avatar
        Wayne Moyer

        He may have since he has owned a couple different electrics. I know he owned one of the really phallic looking ones. The one that they used in the Austin Powers movie.

  6. Alff Avatar
    Alff

    Hmm. Would this be an Interurban?
    http://kansascity.craigslist.org/cto/5559178549.html

    1. Wayne Moyer Avatar
      Wayne Moyer

      I think that may be the first time I saw an ad that mentioned that the bed wasn’t bolted down.

    2. BigRedCaveTroll Avatar
      BigRedCaveTroll

      Something about really wide, floaty tires mounted on deep-dish rims on an old stepside makes me all giddy inside.

  7. Alff Avatar
    Alff

    Another tempting and foolish endeavor…
    http://kansascity.craigslist.org/cto/5579364361.html

    1. dukeisduke Avatar
      dukeisduke

      Digging the hood scoop.

  8. Tomsk Avatar
    Tomsk

    Maybe not something I would buy, but here’s a windowless GMC Motorhome. Perfect for when you need your spray-painted “FREE CANDY” lettering visible from over a mile away…
    http://images.craigslist.org/00909_ghQkCYUKXgb_1200x900.jpg
    http://losangeles.craigslist.org/lgb/cto/5566600245.html

    1. Inliner Avatar
      Inliner

      If a GMC Motorhome loses the ‘home’ part, is it just a GMC Motor now?

    2. smalleyxb122 Avatar
      smalleyxb122

      The seller clearly doesn’t know much about these, since he’s got it listed as RWD, but being gutted isn’t really a bad thing. It saves you the hassle of throwing away all of the formica and shag when you update the interior.
      I want this.

    3. Alff Avatar
      Alff

      This captures my imagination. I like that someone has already done us the favor of emptying it.

    4. Wayne Moyer Avatar
      Wayne Moyer

      I’m guessing this was on its way to becoming a bloodmobile.

    5. Batshitbox Avatar
      Batshitbox

      I have got to stop reading this thread.

      1. Wayne Moyer Avatar
        Wayne Moyer

        I didn’t know that was a thing and it looks like you are right.

        1. Rover 1 Avatar
          Rover 1

          There’s the side door in the picture. That is quite a good deal at $1500.
          http://images.craigslist.org/00202_a6u87E9vO1r_600x450.jpg

      2. SlowJoeCrow Avatar
        SlowJoeCrow

        Some of these had sliding doors for shuttle bus applications. There was a company on Long Island called Comcoach who patented a sliding door using a screw jack (think linear actuator or sideways Genie garage door opener) and made GMC Transmode based rental car shuttles, along with other cool stuff like mobile dental offices.

        1. Rover 1 Avatar
          Rover 1

          Do you have any pictures? These vehicles still look modern and it’s a very corrosion-free construction technique. No wonder more than two thirds are still on the road.

          1. SlowJoeCrow Avatar
            SlowJoeCrow

            Thanks for finding the patent. Unfortunately it was a long time ago so I didn’t take pictures and I couldn’t find anything on the web except an ambulance http://pempeld.tripod.com/1975comcoach3.jpg with a hinged door. My recollection is that the bus version had the door slide back so it would be closer to the front wheels and the rest of the vehicle would have windows.

  9. Tomsk Avatar
    Tomsk

    What I would buy with my own $1,500, however, is this slightly less creepy vintage GMC, a ’70 1/2-ton longbed.
    http://images.craigslist.org/00w0w_lexH140fuoI_600x450.jpg
    http://losangeles.craigslist.org/wst/cto/5580144197.html

    1. dukeisduke Avatar
      dukeisduke

      Looks like one of those weird Longhorn versions with the nine(!)-foot bed. There’s actually a seam where the extra foot is attached, nearer to the cab. I used to see a faded red Chevy one occasionally, a couple years back. But, I don’t see a seam in the pictures, so maybe not.

  10. discontinuuity Avatar
    discontinuuity

    I’d have to go with this weird little 3-door wagon, a 1960 Hillman Husky.
    http://images.craigslist.org/00j0j_8wNMEvZQvMo_600x450.jpg
    http://denver.craigslist.org/cto/5545145656.html
    But I think that I’d rather have a running scooter:
    http://denver.craigslist.org/mcy/5570866851.html

  11. Inliner Avatar
    Inliner

    Why buy a real car when you can get a (1:8!) model car?
    1:8 Pocher Lamborghini Aventador Roadster – $1200
    http://www.kijiji.ca/v-art-collectibles/city-of-toronto/lamborghini-aventador-roadster-1-8-pocher-diecast-pro-built/1162740329?enableSearchNavigationFlag=true
    Note: I probably wouldn’t buy this for $1200 unless I had $120,000, but it’s still pretty neat.

    1. dukeisduke Avatar
      dukeisduke

      Pocher? Their kits are insane.

  12. Inliner Avatar
    Inliner

    I’m a little wary of such a cheap Volvo 780, and it’s a bit over the $1500 limit, but anyone ought to be able to haggle the price down to the limit. As long as it’s not falling apart from rust, I could take the gamble.
    1987 Volvo 780 – $1700
    http://www.kijiji.ca/v-classic-cars/london/1987-volvo-bertone-780/1150874540?enableSearchNavigationFlag=true

    1. discontinuuity Avatar
      discontinuuity

      If the engine is out of the car, that means it’s halfway to a V6 swap!

  13. Citric Avatar
    Citric

    I kinda want an old truck to go banging around back roads. This one has a non matching door and I’m currently very happy I don’t have any money to spare, because I’d probably take it home if I did.
    http://i.ebayimg.com/00/s/NjAwWDgwMA==/z/RPkAAOSwfZhXMz7i/$_27.JPG
    http://www.kijiji.ca/v-cars-trucks/saskatoon/89-chev-long-box/1164140333?enableSearchNavigationFlag=true

    1. dead_elvis, inc. Avatar
      dead_elvis, inc.

      Malibu Maxx? Actually saw one of those last night, first time in ages.
      Meh.

  14. Inliner Avatar
    Inliner

    A fairly rational indulgence – the result of a $1B investment and spare-no-expense quality construction, with actual reliability.
    1993 Lexus LS400 – $1400
    http://www.kijiji.ca/v-cars-trucks/oshawa-durham-region/lexus-ls-400-luxury-sedan-for-sale/1161999082?enableSearchNavigationFlag=true

    1. Rover 1 Avatar
      Rover 1

      There will be one of these in my future purchases.

  15. Inliner Avatar
    Inliner

    A fairly clean Volkswagen Golf Cabrio for $1,300, plus – look at those seats!
    1989 Volkswagen Golf Cabrio – $1300
    http://www.kijiji.ca/v-classic-cars/belleville/convertible-ww-golf-wolfsburg-edition/1163916461?enableSearchNavigationFlag=true

  16. Inliner Avatar
    Inliner

    A fairly rare ’88 Buick LeSabre T-Type for $1500 – I’m glad I don’t have the money for it, or I’d at least inquire.
    http://wwwa.autotrader.ca/a/Buick/LeSabre/HAMILTON/Ontario/19_9285197_/?showcpo=ShowCPO&orup=20_25_100

  17. Manic_King Avatar
    Manic_King

    All the eastern bloc cars….Trabants, Ladas (even Nivas), Wartburgs, ZAZ, Moskwich etc. project cars..
    Trabby, 222 eur: http://suchen.mobile.de/fahrzeuge/details.html?id=225764730&usageType=PRE_REGISTRATION&scopeId=C&usage=USED&isSearchRequest=true&maxFirstRegistrationDate=1985-12-31&maxPrice=1500&pageNumber=1
    Wartburg 353: http://suchen.mobile.de/fahrzeuge/details.html?id=225957609&usageType=PRE_REGISTRATION&usage=USED&isSearchRequest=true&scopeId=C&maxFirstRegistrationDate=1985-12-31&maxPrice=1500&pageNumber=2
    Wartburg wagon: http://suchen.mobile.de/fahrzeuge/details.html?id=225474269&usageType=PRE_REGISTRATION&usage=USED&isSearchRequest=true&scopeId=C&maxFirstRegistrationDate=1985-12-31&maxPrice=1500&pageNumber=2
    Trabby 2: http://suchen.mobile.de/fahrzeuge/details.html?id=225465127&usageType=PRE_REGISTRATION&usage=USED&isSearchRequest=true&scopeId=C&maxFirstRegistrationDate=1985-12-31&maxPrice=1500&pageNumber=2
    Trabby 3: http://suchen.mobile.de/fahrzeuge/details.html?id=225022838&usageType=PRE_REGISTRATION&usage=USED&isSearchRequest=true&scopeId=C&maxFirstRegistrationDate=1985-12-31&maxPrice=1500&pageNumber=2&fnai=next
    Trabby 4: http://suchen.mobile.de/fahrzeuge/details.html?id=226092215&usageType=PRE_REGISTRATION&isSearchRequest=true&usage=USED&scopeId=C&maxFirstRegistrationDate=1985-12-31&maxPrice=1500
    Trabby 5, DeLuxe! http://suchen.mobile.de/fahrzeuge/details.html?id=205711504&usageType=PRE_REGISTRATION&scopeId=C&isSearchRequest=true&usage=USED&maxPrice=1500&maxFirstRegistrationDate=1985-12-31&pageNumber=13

    1. dead_elvis, inc. Avatar
      dead_elvis, inc.

      They go for astounding $, with the Syncro Westfalia at the top of the overpriced pyramid. That Doka would be fun, since they were never officially imported.

  18. Balzac Avatar
    Balzac

    http://sfbay.craigslist.org/eby/cto/5580465308.html
    It’s a Jaggggg…. Supercharged. 370hp? Was originally $70k. Purplish.

  19. Hatchtopia Avatar

    The red interior out-awesomes the slushbox in this thousand-dollar BMW:
    https://skagit.craigslist.org/cto/5575669415.html

    1. Hatchtopia Avatar

      But after having experiencing the awesomeness of a lemony MR2, I’d probably go with this $1200, cosmetically-challenged ride:
      https://skagit.craigslist.org/cto/5572795509.html

      1. discontinuuity Avatar
        discontinuuity

        I’ve got an ’86 in the same color. It’s a great little commuter car, fun on mountain roads, and reliable. $1200 is a pretty good price.

    2. dukeisduke Avatar
      dukeisduke

      I’m glad it’s 2,000 miles away from me, or I might be tempted. Yank the automatic.

  20. Fuhrman16 Avatar
    Fuhrman16

    How about a minty looking ’73 Oldsmobile Toronado that’s sat in a shed for 20 years? For a 1000 bucks you could be riding in style!
    http://images.craigslist.org/01717_cV5PkAuUjSR_600x450.jpg
    http://fargo.craigslist.org/cto/5566727938.html

    1. mrh1965 Avatar
      mrh1965

      A shed find!

  21. Guest Avatar
    Guest

    I really like the clean and simple looks of the 1st Gen S10/S15, and this looks like a really clean and simple example of one.

    I’d probably go look at if I wasn’t waiting patiently for a clean Jeep Comanche (4.0L, 4×4, 5 speed) to come up for sale in my area that’s a decent price.

    I may be waiting a while.

    http://i.ebayimg.com/00/s/NjAwWDgwMA==/z/f5MAAOSw9ZdXKKve/$_27.JPG

    http://www.kijiji.ca/v-classic-cars/edmonton/1983-gmc-s15-s10/1161824368?enableSearchNavigationFlag=true

  22. Guest Avatar
    Guest

    As you probably know, I also like tractors, and this somewhat rare Allis Chalmers WF has my eye.

    http://i.ebayimg.com/00/s/NDUwWDgwMA==/z/RYEAAOSwYmZXKe~1/$_27.JPG

    http://www.kijiji.ca/v-farming-equipment/st-albert/1948-allis-chalmers-tractor/1162105801

    I think it would slot nicely between my Allis Chalmers WD45 (non-painted) and my dad’s Allis Chalmers IB.

  23. neight428 Avatar
    neight428

    A sadder version of “ran when parked”…
    “It is not running now, but was running well 4 years ago.”

  24. mrh1965 Avatar
    mrh1965

    After all the great choices I’m almost ashamed to post this, but it’s a pretty shade of blue. Too bad about the auto. $1400.
    https://washingtondc.craigslist.org/nva/cto/5582894451.html

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