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. Last week I asked you to find non-native cars for sale, and the result was like an Ellis Island tollbooth.  We’ll check papers after the jump, but first let’s get to this week’s assignment.

It’s traditionally considered that the French Revolution started with the convocation of the Estates General in May 1789. That may have made the French les miserables, but that’s not to say that so have been the revolutionary cars made by French automakers in the years hence. This week I want you to find those French cars for sale, the only criteria being that they must be outside of France. So, adjust your beret, pencil in your mustache, and cop an attitude, this week’s Craigslist Crapshoot is its own French revolution.

And as usual, we want your finds to go down in infamy and not in the site’s spam filter. Follow any of the following advice and you’re crap will be known far and wide.

  1. Easiest way to not get caught in the spam filters is to create an IntenseDebate account. If you do so and your posts aren’t appearing, let us know at and we can put you on the whitelist
  2. If you don’t want an IDC account, you can create a account and do the same thing.
  3. If you’re the Ted Kaczynski type and don’t want any kind of account, then try to place only a single link in a comment and just drop any outgoing link in via its raw URL and not as a text link
Craigslist Crapshoot doesn’t work if your candidates don’t get seen, so hopefully following one of these options will ensure that the floodgates of crap are fully open. And now, on to discover last week’s top resident alien.
So let me just say. . . OMG, LOL, WTF. Man, when it came to non-native cars and trucks for sale, you all came through like RotoRooter. Special nods to BЯдΖǐL-ЯЄРΘЯΤЄЯ for finding an ex-pat Excalibur, smokyburnout for a trifecta, and C³-Cool Cadillac Cat for singing Hey Bulldog. There can of course be only one king of crap and this week the crown is worn by wisc47 for finding a U.S. located Lancia Thesis, a car that not only was never officially sold here, but also one that never should have been. Yikes!
Congrats to all, and well done wisc47!
2002 Lancia Thesis - Luxury Italian Car (Diplomats Only)


    1. I know they sell those in Mexico, but how is it legal here? I'd like to see that speedometer, and whether it's in miles or kilometers. The ad says 46,000 miles, but I wonder whether it's that, or 46,000km, or converted from km.

    1. …the fuck…? GTO based…?
      You know… something like that… Whatever.
      "Location: central florida"
      Oh. I see.

    2. Here is ANOTHER one.
      <img src=""width=500&gt;….
      Probably in Florida too based on the palm trees. Maybe even the same guy. But I smell a scam, no phone number in either ad.
      How about a Type 35 Replica?
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      1. I would love to see some build pics on these… I am looking at it, trying to figure it out, but the GTO's proportions are all wrong for that. How are they doing this…?

      2. That Type 35 looks fantastic!
        How many people out there would take a GTO and turn it into a Bug replica? It probably is the same seller, though I would have assumed they would be lazy, and use the same photos and text throughout their ads. But yeah, scam.

    3. As I look over all the other replies, I agree
      Probably a scam and/or really shitty build quality.
      And even if it was a quality build and not a scam, who in the HELL would do this to a GTO..
      All that being said they 'look' the part better than other half ass Bugatti replicas. Though, I wouldn't confuse it with the real deal.

    1. I saw that trolling CL for last week's Crapshoot, and I don't need the Crazy Water or an overnight stay at the Baker to be looney enough. I want that!

    1. You're surprised that an AMC/Renault would be on the Kenosha craigslist?
      Which reminds me. I need to troll that Craigslist for a project AMC.

    1. If I'm not mistaken, it comes with about 3 spare cars (although 2 of them are sedans)…and a spare boat.

    1. I don't know…it's pretty pixellated and it's gonna take a lot of Bondo to smooth that out.

    1. Well that listing made my head explode. So its $2500 but is "free" because you could sell the parts for $2500 and get the car for free. This is, ironically, the logic I used with the non-running Midgets. I have enough parts to sell to pay for the $1500 the cost me.

    1. It's weird how tall and wide Smarts are. Combined with the aggressive headlights and smiley grille, there's one on my street parked behind an E-Type, and it looks like it's going to eat the unsuspecting E-type.

    1. There is something poetic about a gas-powered line trimmer being swallowed by marauding leaves and twigs.

  1. What I love about the Crapshoot (and what my wife hates about it): It makes me look for cars I normally don't care about. French cars? You get nice stuff cheap! Wow. A little taste of the tiny Norwegian market for pre-83 French vehicles:
    1983 Renault 5, 53000km, 3500$
    The car has spent its life in Finnmark, in the Arctic. No salt use, they drive on ice. Actually not the worst offer, and who wouldn't trust a seller photographing a car with the bonnet open?
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    1973 Citroën DS Break, 5000$
    Rough one, not registered since 1993. But, seriously, how hard could it be to get this running again? Just some TLC. Or what?
    <img src="; width="600">
    Cool quota: 1966 Renault 1130, 36000km, 5000$
    Stored since 1974, just been registered again, passed inspection. Price is a suggestion, means he intends to get more money. Rallye stripes!
    <img src="; width="600">
    1980 Citroën GSA 1300, 114000km, 1700$
    New brakes, works well, tech inspection lasts until march 2014. So this is actually a cheap, cool ride.
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    1976 Peugeot 504 GL, 199000km, 2400$
    Another cool car for no small change. Tech inspection lasts until february 2014. Not much info given, but I like the car and love the colours!
    <img src="; width="600">
    I know I am way past my quota here already, but why leave a post without something completely irrelevant and exceptionally cool?
    1959 Snow-Trac
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    1. I actually went to have a look at the green Peugeot, price negotiated beforehand and money in pocket. 15h on a bus and a ferry trip later I discovered that my trust in the 82 year old faithfully Christian owner was misplaced.
      He "didn't know" that the car would crumble into brown flakes upon being touched by my fingernails. He didn't bother to inform me about water leaks into and an oil leak out of the car when we spoke on the phone. The "original paint" was rattlecanned here and there and a door wouldn't open. Clutch was tired. Nice interior though, and a smooth, relatively quick ride.
      But I got home with a chauffeur. On the same, bloody bus.

    1. Now that I got the terrible one out of the way, I can show you guys the awesome stuff I stumbled upon.
      Super clean 155 V6 with a manual!
      <img src="$T2eC16JHJGIE9nnWpiFJBRBDb54RmQ~~48_20.JPG&quot; width="640">
      Fiat Coupe 20V
      <img src="$(KGrHqJ,!nwF!IQzfwM7BQU40hs1Pw~~48_20.JPG" width="640">
      Mint Renault Alpine GTA, and it's US legal (probably)
      <img src="$T2eC16R,!)0E9s37F14gBRZLf-OsjQ~~48_20.JPG" width="640">

  2. There's a refined ugliness to most French cars. They must work diligently to make them look so hideous.

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