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.
Before his passing, Michael Jackson advocated that we all “Beat It” including the sage advice: you want to stay alive, better do what you can, so beat it, just beat it. We took Michael at his posthumous word last week, seeking winter beaters to get us safely through the year’s darkest days. We’ll get our beat-on in just a sec, but first this week’s quest.
Injection is nice, but I’d rather be blown is a silk screened homily from tee-shirts of my youth. It made a lot more sense back before pretty much everything was fuel injected, but still maintains its humorously salacious double entendre nonetheless. Not every car is blown today and so we should find the best used ones that are. Let’s set $20K American has our ceiling, and see what turbocharged and supercharged dream cars we can find for sale under that cap.
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Got that? Good, now let’s see if we’ve got the beat!
It seems that the whole concept of winter beater has a different context depending on where you happen to live. For most of us an old Ford Escort, like the one found by Kiefmo would seemingly do the trick. In that case a modicum of reliability and a working heater are all you need. Hell, apparently salguod‘s daughter does just that.
For folks like GTXcellent and 1977ChevyTruck however—both of whom apparently live on Pluto—something with a bit more force is necessary. That resulted in the suggestion of a Chevy 3500 with both a stick and a BOSS plow from the former, and confirmation of the quality of the option from the latter.
Andrew_theS2kBore went for a minimalist approach, while engineerd thought flaunting the artifice of wealth the best way to get through the cold months.
Our winner however is mdharrell and his freak show on wheelsMoon Rover.” The best part of this mysterious machine is that you’d spend all winter with it in the garage trying to figure out what it is and what it does. And that’s the safest way to spend the season.
Congrats to mdharrell and thank you all for your participation. Now, let’s blow this joint.

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38 responses to “Craigslist Crapshoot”

  1. 0A5599 Avatar

    Waiting to see if history repeated, and another Rover followed mdharrell home.

    1. mdharrell Avatar

      I choose neither to confirm nor to deny that I’m still trying to figure out a discreet way to run the CA assigned serial number on the “Moon Rover” to get a better idea of just what it is.

      1. 0A5599 Avatar

        If it’s any consolation, Alan Bean once told me (and 299 other people in the auditorium) that the worst part of going to the moon was having to learn Geology. If you buy the Moon Rover, the rest of the process of getting to use it should be fairly easy for you.

        1. mdharrell Avatar

          Sigh. Well, at least Harrison Schmitt wasn’t the one saying it.

  2. Papa Van Twee Avatar
    Papa Van Twee

    In searching my local Craigslist, I found the usual (Cobalt SS, FiST and FoST, etc), the slightly exotic (300ZX, RX7) and then this:
    Everything else just wasn’t doing it for me, but this makes me all tingly inside. I almost feel I need to post a “do want” or “take my money” meme as well, but maybe that’s going too far?

  3. ptschett Avatar

    Could be an interesting starting point for an RV if that’s your dream.

    1. smalleyxb122 Avatar

      Perhaps I just haven’t cared enough to notice, and the angle of this picture makes it all too prominent, but until right now I didn’t realize that the SVO used 5-lug wheels.

    2. P161911 Avatar

      You mean EcoBoost’s asthmatic grandfather. While the SVO did feature the best of the Fox body suspension it still only had 205HP max.

  4. GTXcellent Avatar

    This is the under $20k turbo that I want
    RZR 1000xp Turbo. A steal at $18750 (oofda, that’s a lot a cheddar)

  5. ptschett Avatar

    There was a time these were what the cool kids drove on midwestern land-grant university campuses. $2500 now.

    1. Sjalabais Avatar

      I always liked the simple design on these. How are they holding up as last owner cars?

      1. MrCoolGuy Avatar

        They have a recall because they catch on fire. My sister’s house burned down because of it. I’ve heard no less than 3, 1st person testimonials of these catching on fire.

        1. Sjalabais Avatar

          Yowza, that’s all I need to know. Did your sister get reimbursed by Pontiac?

          1. Lokki Avatar

            Well, that made for interesting reading –
            Washington — General Motors Co. said Tuesday [27 October 2015] it is recalling 1.41 million cars worldwide for fire risks linked to drops of oil on the exhaust manifold — the fourth time since 2008 the automaker has recalled vehicles for the issue. ….NHTSA said it reviewed reports of 138 fires [in 2008, leading to the first recall] — and said they typically were discovered five to 15 minutes after a vehicle was parked —[March 2008] and GM urged owners not to park their vehicles inside their garages until the recall repairs had been made.

          2. Sjalabais Avatar

            This was completely under my radar. GM really is the King of Oops.

  6. Tomsk Avatar

    It’s neither brown nor a diesel, but it is a turbocharged, AWD, manual transmission station wagon. And it’s only $9,750.

    1. JayP Avatar

      That soccer goal made me think it was a Supra with a basket handle.

  7. ptschett Avatar

    If you like your ignition switch by your gearshift lever and an equal number of doors and pedals, it’s $1650 to start your own Saab story.

  8. ptschett Avatar

    Chrysler Conquest in need of a fuel pump, but with a neat paint job for $900. The photo is almost artistic.

  9. Batshitbox Avatar

    One of my dream cars, second only to the S3 Drophead on my Bentley list.
    A steal at $19,999, and legit for this weeks CLCS

  10. Hillman_Hunter Avatar

    Remember the supercharged MR2?
    I’d forgotten until today:

  11. discontinuuity Avatar

    Howsabout an ’05 Goat with 750 hp?

    1. Krautwursten Avatar

      Beat me to it, but I’m not sure if a genuine GNX would be available in Germany for less than 20 big ones. Maybe one of those earlier turbo Regals.

      1. P161911 Avatar

        That’s a Grand National. GNXs start much closer to $50k-100k.

  12. 0A5599 Avatar

    Twentieth anniversary Trans Am: GNX in a FBody wrapper. Fresh out of the resto shop.

  13. Tomsk Avatar

    Just $400 under the price cap, but looks like it’s been taken care of pretty well.

    1. 0A5599 Avatar

      Clint Eastwood had a red one and a green one. He still dailies one of them (I’m not sure which). Maybe that’s his other one.

  14. Batshitbox Avatar

    Flames up the sides! Knock-off Big Daddy Roth graphics! Front-opening with optional three abreast seating! 6V92TA turbo/supercharged Detroit Diesel! (Wait, which is it?) Not sure if the…um, sidecar(?) comes with it. Pprice reduced to $20K just for this week’s CLCS!

    1. mdharrell Avatar

      Some Detroit Diesels have a turbocharger feeding a supercharger, so it could be both.

  15. outback_ute Avatar

    2005 Ford Falcon XR6 Turbo, 450 rwhp $AUD9k. Looks to have the right stuff done by the right people.

  16. Fuhrman16 Avatar

    Remember when Mazda built a turbocharged, all wheel drive family sedan? Here’s one for six grand.
    2006 Mazdaspeed 6

    1. salguod Avatar

      There was one at a local dealer last month with a fresh clutch for $5K and I was seriously tempted.

    2. Sjalabais Avatar

      You, sir, have my vote. This suddenly turned into a rational decision. I’d be incredibly annoying with a magnet though, after saying ‘hello’ to the seller.