Welcome to Craigslist Crapshoot, our weekly search for the most bizarre, awesome, and/or terrible vehicles that the online classifieds has to offer.
When chickens are seeking to hatch their eggs they sit on them to keep them warm. In a similar fashion auto makers have birthed some hot hatches over the years and last week went looking for best deals on ones that sellers might be sitting on. We’ll see those in a sec, but first we must discuss this week’s quest!
Hot hatches are great and all, but they don’t really express to others your status in life once you’ve really made it. That’s the purpose of the sport sedan. Those aspirational cars however, can go from status symbol to albatross as they age and become more costly—both in repairs and down time—and that’s just what we want to find this week: sport sedans that while once lust-worthy are now most likely money pits.
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Holy cow, there are a lot of cool cars that fall under the “hot hatch” moniker. Many of those, like the Ford Focus SVT (ad gone missing) found by JayP were cheap enough to make arm chair quarterbacking their purchase a practical activity.
The Saab 900 located by Jofes2 was perhaps outside the boundaries of what we might traditionally construe as being a hot hatch, but with its turbo mill and gaping rear door opening it certainly met enough criteria to be included. Perhaps better excluded were the PT Cruiser (purple flames!) found by ptschett, and a Honda Civic that amazingly belches smoke from an exhaust tapped to an oil tank. That latter one was brought to us by gerberbaby. Fuhrman16 couldn’t believe that a GTI hadn’t made the list yet and so offered up a nice 16V MKII to make up for the omission.
It was hard to pick one car from the lot, seeing as there were so many awesome rides from which to choose. In the end I picked the Canada-located 1999 Toyota Glanza V which was brought to us by The Real Number_Six. That’s because it’s a car that’s both super-rare and likely rollerskate on steroids fun.
Congrats to The Real Number_Six and thank you all for the excellent contributions. Without you our crapshoot would be really crappy! Now, let’s go find some bad ideas.