Welcome to Craigslist Crapshoot, our weekly search for the most bizarre, awesome, and/or terrible vehicles that the online classifieds has to offer.
Because we don’t like stereotypes last week we went looking for cars that were evidence that the Germans do, in fact, have a sense of humor. Well, it turns out that while they do, it’s a bit constrained. We’ll laugh a little in a sec, but first this week’s quest.
As you might recall, MG was the subject of last week’s Thursday Trivia question. As we all learned that company became famous for taking parts from a more mundane brand (Morris) and breathing new life into them for more sporting fare. As car makers switched from RWD to FWD for most of their mainstream models that ability became harder to do. Of course there were the mid-engined cars derived from their FWD progenitors, cars like the Fiat X1/9. Toyota MR2 and even the MG-F, but they lacked the success of the small sports car’s true successor, the hot hatch. That’s what we want to find this week, with the only requirement being that the finds for sale really need to be hatchbacks, and they need to be hot from the factory.
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… and sit down to eat their lunches. The bartender says, ”Sorry, but you can’t eat your own food in here.” So the two Germans look at each other and swap lunches.
Riot, I know. Almost as giggle inducing were last week’s finds. Let’s start with a Beetle convertible. As Kiefmo, who offered it up noted, you just can’t drive a Beetle ragtop without smiling. Agreed.
The Real Number_Six felt that a six-figure (Canadian, but still a lot) BMW X4 was proof that the Germans are the ones having the last laugh, while nanoop voted the same for the Porsche 914’s repairability versus desirability ratio.
Manic_King was the one who really put a smile on our faces, however. That was due to the full court press he put on to show what a laugh factory Germany really is. The winning ad was one for a one of five Opec Contender, which is a Mercedes G-wagon-based coupe that looks like a Suzuki X-90 done right. That car was built in the ’90s, and having a look at its grille makes you wonder if Cadillac sought it out for some of their New Edge designs of the 2000s.
Congrats to Manic_King and thank you all for the wonderful contributions. It really put a smile on my face. Now, let’s hatch some hotness!