Welcome to Craigslist Crapshoot, our weekly search for the most bizarre, awesome, and/or terrible vehicles that the online classifieds has to offer.
Hybrids today are very different from the hybrids of old. In fact, back then we didn’t even call them that. Back then they went by names like Cobra, Iso, and Tiger. That’s because instead of electrons merged with diminutive gas engines like today those were cars often previously powered by small engines that had been imbued with stonking big American V8s. That’s just what we went looking for last week, V8 engines in cars that perhaps wouldn’t have normally carried them. We’ll see the highest-brid (if that’s even a thing) in a sec. But first, this week’s quest.
It’s become pretty clear that the world is becoming a more and more dangerous place, and because of that we need to take additional precautions when undertaking treacherous activities like going to the grocery store, or simply making it to work in one piece. We’ve got your back however and this week we want you to get ours by finding us the most anonymous cars you can, the ones that no one would notice.
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Oh man! It was V8s everywhere last week, and while none of the ones you found will offer two daily servings of vegetables, there were a few that were about as meat and potatoes as you could get.
Starting off, I’d like to note the LS1-powered S13 found by Batshitbox which was seeking to drift into someone’s life. That’s a pretty intriguing combo, but perhaps not quite as much as the weird V8-Beetle uncovered by Inliner. A cool way to go—perhaps literally—might be found in the 302-powered Frogeye his royal highness ManicKing located.
Also high on the fun way to get yourself in trouble was the Toyota Starlet unearthed by Wayne Moyer. That had a V8 stuffed under its hood, but the hood still couldn’t contain all its high-rise manifold sassiness. Maybe the saddest hybrid of the bunch was the Triumph TR7 with a Buick V6 presented by HycoSpeed. It beat out the TR6 with a V8—can you say flex?— by a hair. That car came to us by way of Inliner as well.
When it comes to looking for love in all the wrong places, I’m a traditionalist. And that’s why a Volvo with a V8 holds so much appeal to me. They just seem to go together like cheap drinks and happy hour. That’s why the 940 with a supercharged 302 took home the hybrid honors this week along with Kiefmo who found it.
Congrats to Kiefmo, and thank you all for participating! Now, let’s go blend in.