Welcome to Craigslist Crapshoot, our weekly search for the most bizarre, awesome, and/or terrible vehicles that the online classifieds has to offer.
When it comes to exotic cars one generally has to make certain allowances. They aren’t going to be the most practical, they likely won’t have the best ergonomics, etc. But what if they also were from a company so small that it came and went like a kitten’s fart in the wind? That’s what we went fishing for last week: the weirdo super car brands from the past 30 years. We’ll get obscure in a minute, but first this week’s quest.
You know that you can be a cat person or a dog person. Or, you can be like me and like both cats and dogs just the same. This week however, we’re going to get catty. Specifically, let’s look for the best deals on a certain kind of automotive cat—the Mercury Cougar. Price is no object but coolness and historical impact (you’ll be asked to show your work) will be taken into consideration. Me-ow!
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I’m going to give you all a bit praise to start out here: you sure do know your weird. Last week’s journey into the world of off-brand exotics and performance cars was a master class in the subject. Oh where do we begin? Let’s start with the first post, a Canadian TVR 2500 located by mdharrell. Sure, it was a little outside of our 30-year stipulation, but then rules are meant to be broken. The Lancia 037 Stradale didn’t break rules, it set records, including being the last RWD car to win the WRC Manufacturers’ Championship. To do that, Lancia had to homologate 200 road cars, and one of those was located by engineered.
Andrew_theS2kBore found us another TVR, while an amazing Hurst UH Scout (again more than 30 years old, but who’s counting) was dug up by Batshitbox. Eclectic doesn’t begin to describe the selection in last week’s finds, it might however, describe the taste of anyone who would drive the Mastretta MXT offered up by Alff, the Qvale Mangusta found by Wayne Moyer, or the romper-stomper Opel nanoop nominated.
Our winner was also one of Batshitbox’s contributions, and that was this amazing 2014
filthy Lucra. An American made, hand crafted boutique-built sports car, the Lucra is also noteworthy for still being in business. That same can’t be said for Mercury or the Cougar so while I offer congrats to Batshitbox and thanks to all, let’s start thinking about which generation of Cougar you think will be the best to presently buy.