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 go and find French cars for sale outside of France. We’ll find out which one’s the most my chariot amour after the jump, but first this week’s assignment!
Here in America it was long considered that our domestic car makers couldn’t profitably build a small vehicle to save their lives. Many of the Big Three’s attempts at doing so resulted in either small cars that drove like their hulking big brothers, or just abject failure. For the period spanning the late sixties through the eighties, Detroit pretty much hung out the white flag, employing a can’t beat ’em, buy ’em strategy which resulted in a slew of diminutive vehicles made elsewhere, but sold here under the Stars and Stripes brand names. Those vehicles were collectively given the name of captive imports.
This week I want you to go and find us some of those imports in fact if not in name. Can you dig up a Plymouth Cricket? How about an original Ford Fiesta? I’m sure that somewhere out there somebody is trying to unload their Korean-built Pontiac LeMans, I mean, who wouldn’t?
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.
- 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 firstname.lastname@example.org and we can put you on the whitelist
- If you don’t want an IDC account, you can create a wordpress.com account and do the same thing.
- 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