Welcome to Craigslist Crapshoot, our weekly search for the most bizarre, awesome, and/or terrible vehicles that the online classifieds has to offer.
Three-thousand dollar Gymkhana stars were our elusive quarry last week. That mid-week exercise seeking some weekend fun resulted in some good opportunities. We’ll see which might make the most competent cone cruiser in a minute, but first let’s see what this week has in store.
They say that two of the least avoidable aspects of life are death and taxes. I don’t know about the taxes bit, but I can tell you that there are certain cars and trucks out there that seem to be able to avoid the grim reaper in the long term. That’s what we want this week, cars that in your opinion are almost impossible to kill. Death takes a holiday next week.
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Has LeMons become far too commercial for your taste? Yeah, I hate to see them sellout too. I’ll still go see the movie when it comes out, but that’s mostly because Jay Lamm will be played by Ryan Gosling and he’s dreamy.
Real roots racing—the kind where amateurs can hone their talent and the talented can show them how it’s done—is exemplified in the weekend gymkhanas that pepper the planet. Last week we went looking for cars that might be viable contenders in those venues, but which could also easily be driven to and from the track.
We’ll start out with the incredibly sketchy Isuzu Stylus found by
Seeking to test the outer limits of polar momentum, mdharrell offered up a VW Beetle powered by a cast iron Pinto four hanging off its rear like a randy baboon’s ischial callositie. The winner however, and one which I think we can all agree we might like to drive on both road and track, was the ’91 Nissan 300ZX, offered up by salguod. That’s a car that has appeal beyond its trackability, even in non-turbo cloth seat form.
Congrats to salguod, and thank you all for your fast track suggestions. Now, let’s go find something unstoppable.