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 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.

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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, Let’s raise a glass in a French toast. Mmmm, French toast.
Every car-building nation in Europe seems to imbue their products with a certain, how shall I say it, je ne said quoi. In the case of France, their cars take a different path from every other maker on the planet on just about every factor, including everything from looks to operation. This week’s Craigslist Crapshoot crown goes to Sjalabais, for finding what might be the most French French car there is, this 1980 Citroën GSA 1300. 
The GS was first introduced in 1970 and served as the styling exemplar for the full-sized CX. The car also provided the platform for the Birotor, a Wankel edition whose failure (847 sold) contributed to Citroën’s financial ruin. The GSA was introduced in ’79 as an upgraded edition of the flat four-powered GS. The cars maintained the incredibly complex hydraulic system for which the marque is known, and as you can tell from the pics for this Finland-located edition, also sport an interior like no other non-French car in the world.
Well done Sjalabais, maybe this will appease your wife. - Mulighetenes marked
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    1. Wow, I'm pretty well versed in oddball Canuckian cars, but I've never heard of this one before. Hooray for learning something new!

    1. Might be 'slight' for Minnesota standards. I've seen MN-licensed pickups that were built in the 2000's and already have complete rust-through above the rear wheels.

  1. I won't get many votes for this because it's plebian and boring, but I had to share because it was my first vehicle:
    The Dodge Ram 50, a captive import of the Mitsubishi Mighty Max.
    Mine was a 1988 example, but practically identical to the truck in this ad, color and interior included (but without the topper).
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      1. My neighbor picked up a free, clean, low mile one and got 6 trouble-free months of driving out of it.
        In one of the best deals ever a friend of his in need traded him straight up for an 02 Silverado 1500hd 4×4!
        A dodged bullet if I've ever seen one.

  2. Would you shell out $4k for what's probably the world's nicest Plymouth Sapporo? Even if it's an automatic and overheats?
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    Or maybe your tastes run more toward something with greater potential, if not…SUPER POTENTIAL!
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  3. I love this —
    A Chrysler Conquest with what looks to be a mighty clean, if incomplete V8 swap. And although there was no good reason to go with a Mopar V8 instead of an SBC, they done it anyway (looks like a 318 or 360).
    <img src=""&gt;
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    1. I've seen exactly one that is blue, but I cannot provide pictorial evidence, thusly one can conclude that they are all pink.

      1. Me too! It was owned by my cousin many years ago, and then stolen and started on fire.
        I'm assuming that's the only one that wasn't pink.

    1. Before I moved to The Prairies, I would regularly see a Metropolitan convertible being driven by a fetching mother/daughter combo in the Fraser Valley. Same colour scheme, though the red was much less faded due to a well-done respray.

          1. It has been done at least twice.
            I still have the complete powertrains from 2 Capri XR2's in my garage from back in the days when I though putting a 1.6 turbo motor in a Festiva would be fun.
            Edit for clarification.

    1. Don't vote for this one. I hadn't refreshed the page and I Think Not beat me to it. It's two up from here.

      1. In all fairness, yours has a better photo and looks to be a nicer example.
        Also, I was posting all willy-nilly without refreshing, so it happens 🙂

    1. If it is anywhere near decent shape for a decent price and you drive it, you will own it.

  4. This counts right? It is a Dodge.
    <img src="; width="500/">….
    Probably one of the last Mopar captive imports.
    Here is a Puerto Rican one on the Atlanta CL. Probably a scam.
    <img src=""width=500&gt; <a href="” target=”_blank”>

  5. How about a surface rusty Opel GT, with two hoods, one being an awesome fiberglass one with a power bulge ($2500):
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    One that runs, for a grand less (and it's disguised with a black mask painted on – ooooh, mystery!
    <img src=""&gt;
    <a href="” target=”_blank”>

    1. I'm starting to see lots of Captivas, as they're spilling out of the rental fleets into places like CarMax. Can you imagine all the buyers seeing these things and asking the salesman, "What's a Captiva? I've never heard of those, and they're not on the Chevy dealers' lots."

      1. Sort of like the 2004-2005 Chevrolet Classic, an old Malibu with a different name.
        "The toolings paid for, it still meets regulations, rental companies will buy any cheap crap that rolls."

        1. I see a lot of those, too, and now they've flowed down to the "note lots".
          /nosotros financiamos

    1. My wagoneer is painted that shade of blue.
      Like, when it was re-painted back in '98, they used the factory paint code for that shade of blue from the Colt.

    1. Swap the auto for a 5-speed, and that Colt Vista is the first car I remember my parents owning. Same year, same color, and about the same condition when they traded it for… wait for it… another Colt Vista ::hangs head::

    2. I still have a weakness for the Scorpio, even though they did not age at all well.

  6. Okay, this is pretty damn cool:
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    chevy luv – $6200
    COMP CAM .530 LIFT
    1/4 MILE– 12.95/13.03"
    <a href="” target=”_blank”>

    1. he wants to sell it "…before it gets to [sic] bad off." yes, because a car with wheels that've sunk past the rims into the ground, with more rust than paint, is not 'bad off.'

    1. "take pictures while I was the car"
      I want to go to a car wash that transforms me into a car while my friends bathe me.

      I think.

    1. Do, want!!!The modern rims even work. Whoever put it together had a good sense of aesthetics.

      1. Agreed, very tempting. Always wondered how capable the engine management on these was when it came to dealing with extra boost.

  7. Wow, this feels good. When will my conversation-starting "I won this week's Craiglist Crapshoot"-T-shirt arrive? =8^) But be aware that .no is Norway, not Finland.
    "In fact if not in name"-imports are a phenomenon confined to car producing countries. Unsure if this counts:
    Daewoo Nexia 1.5, the Korean Opel Kadett. Located in Germany, sold very cheaply.
    <img src="$(KGrHqUOKo4FFyCCYvgFBRj5RnwI8w~~48_1.JPG"&gt;

    1. I remember when the Daewoo arrived in Germany. It was a clever car to start with, the affection for the Opel Kadett was big, especially since Opel had just started to be dismantled by Lopez into a crap-producing falling star. The Espero was supposed to be the bigger alternative, a happy mix of GM-parts with acceptable Bertone-styling. Compared to the successful Nexia, the Espero was exotic.
      Two strange vehicles for Norway to be:
      A hipster's AMC Pacer:
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      A nice, yellow Trabant 601:
      <img src="; width="600">

      1. The Pacer photos look like a brochure, like someone found the tooling and is cranking out Pacers in Norway.

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