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.
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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.