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.
Under twenty thousand, supercharged or turbo’d is no way to go through life, son. Oh wait a minute, sure it is! That’s just what we went looking for last week and you sure found a diverse universe of thus-equipped cars, trucks, military armament and things for which they have yet to make up names. We’ll see what’s what in just a sec, but first this week’s wet adventure.
It’s been raining here in California pretty much without respite for the past two months. Despite the unusually rich gift from the heavens above, the majority of the state remains in severe water shortage conditions. That’s quite the puzzling contradiction, at least until someone with science explains the situation to you and then you go back to not flushing the pot every time.
Another contradiction is convertibles that were never meant by the factory to be convertibles. Seeing as it’s still raining, let’s look for just that—aftermarket droptops on cars that were never offered as such from the factory. The weirder the better.
As always, we want your finds to go down in infamy and not in the site’s spam filter. Since we’ve changed commenting systems, you may need to update your commenter account. Make sure you have a Disqus account – they’re free and easy to get – and then comment away.
Got that? Good, now let’s put the pressure on!
I think that the biggest ah-ha moment of last week’s challenge was the dredging up of so many cars and trucks that I think many of us had forgotten offered the option of a blown engine. Well, I mean super- or turbo-charged, not like blown up. With pretty much any car out there you can find examples of the latter.
Fuhrman16 got the ball rolling with a 2006 Mazdaspeed 6, which, yes, was turbocharged. Not to be outdone, Hillman_Hunter (great name, BTW) Pepperidge Farmed that the 1987 Toyota MR2 was, yes, available with a supercharger. GTXcellent reminded us all that he lives in a place where winter takes no prisoners, and offered up a funky-looking RZR 1000xp Turbo for all your off-road and no-road pleasure.
Some of the more expectedly blown cars and trucks  were the 2005 Subaru Legacy—with a stick!—located by Tomsk, and ptschett‘s contribution of a scary-looking 1994 Saab 900. Ptschett took home the prize for a car that circles back to the “they offered a blown edition of that?” arena. That would be the Pontiac Grand Prix GTP with its supercharged 3800 V6 engine. I don’t think I’d want to touch the ’97 salvage title edition ptschett found, but a nicer one might still be appealing.
Congrats to ptschett, and thank you all for you wonderful and thought provoking contributions. Now, let’s all go topless!

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41 responses to “Craigslist Crapshoot”

  1. Lokki Avatar

    Here’s something to get us started, and a car I would actually like to own:
    An ASC converted 1985 McLaren Mercury Capri with the H.O. 5.0 engine and factory Recaros.
    Painted Red, no less. The price? A great sounding $7500 for a car with only 88,000 miles in the clock. Mongo want!

  2. mdharrell Avatar

    This Clark Cortez is just one giant blue tarp and a pair of Brooklands screens away from becoming an outstanding entry for this year’s West Coast LeMons Rally:

    1. Wayne Moyer Avatar
      Wayne Moyer

      Are we sure this isn’t a factory conversion? It reeks of British engineering and build quality.

      1. mdharrell Avatar

        I’m prepared to believe it reeks of many, many things.

  3. smalleyxb122 Avatar

    This. This is what I found. At an asking price of $5950, it makes Lokki’s $7500 ASC up there seem like an even better deal.

    1. salguod Avatar

      Nice find! The guy who runs picked up a Straman Si last year and drove it back from AZ to Detroit. It was written up on [redacted] at the time. Neat cars.

  4. JayP Avatar

    1988 Jaguar XJS V12 Hess and Einsenhardt Convertible
    Wait Jag made a droptop from the factory?
    But not before an aftermarket company made several between ’86 and ’88.
    There are differences between the factory and this kit but the easiest tell is the header above the windscreen where several inches of roof is left.
    Again – crap I know.×421.jpg

    1. smalleyxb122 Avatar

      The Hess & Eisenhardt Jags were my first thought for this Crapshoot. I did a local craigslist search on “eisenhardt” and came up empty, so I had to widen my net to “convertible” and settle on the Firebird I submitted.

      1. mdharrell Avatar

        I admire your optimism for assuming that “Eisenhardt” would be spelled correctly on Craigslist. Or, for that matter, “convertible.” I tried pinning my hopes on “convertable” but ended up with this MGB for which the top is instead one of its few remaining factory items:

        1. Alff Avatar

          “Painted with black primer so you can paint it any color you like!”
          As opposed to “Painted sickly green and you’re stuck with it”?

          1. mdharrell Avatar

            I believe “Drive away today!” is the best advice in the ad. Still, I thought you might be interested in the plate.

          2. Alff Avatar

            The plate isn’t so much interesting as intimidating.

        2. Lokki Avatar

          I particularly like the house-cat-skin console cover. You don’t see those very often these days.

        3. Atomic Toast Avatar
          Atomic Toast

          That 4.3 V/6 is a strong engine.

      2. JayP Avatar

        I did an autotrader search for ’86 to ’88 convertibles which let me to a SC targa model but right there was the H&E. I’ve seen a few at local Brit shows and was able to gain the respect of the masses with my knowledge.

    1. Wayne Moyer Avatar
      Wayne Moyer

      I was going to go chasing after a couple Sundowners since it seemed obvious and I have a love of their AMC work.

      1. Alff Avatar

        I really wanted to find a Subaru GL convertible. There were a handful running around SoCal when I lived there in the late 80s.

    2. salguod Avatar

      I swear I remember seeing this one a long time ago somewhere, even the same picture. I was thinking it was on BAT but I couldn’t find it.

  5. ptschett Avatar

    For this week, here’s a Challenger SRT8 with an aftermarket supercharger and questionable roofectomy. I thought it was hard to see out the back of the hardtop…

    1. JayP Avatar

      Someone needs to be beaten.

    2. Andrew_theS2kBore Avatar

      It’s so close to actually looking good when the top is down… it just needs to fold flatter.
      Top up is nightmare fuel.

    3. Kiefmo Avatar

      “Death shall not come for us quickly enough, good sir! How shall we hasten the arrival of that storied, eternal entity to wrench our souls from their earthly vessels?
      A car, yes — a most powerful one — and remove the roof for maximum safety and structural integrity compromise!
      This Chrysler product looks quite up to the task, does it not. Six-point-four liters, that’s nigh unto two gallons in IMPERIAL units! But it is not quite quick enough yet — we must supercharge it! Yes!
      Death, you who meet all men at their most vulnerable, we will meet soon!”
      “…sir, will you be using FiatChrysler financing, or…?”

  6. P161911 Avatar

    For the aspiring rapper:
    For only $30,000 and it is located in Lansing, MI but advertised on the Atlanta, GA Craigslist.

    1. Atomic Toast Avatar
      Atomic Toast

      When you spend 20 grand on your 5 grand Chrysler.

      1. P161911 Avatar

        To be fair, this was probably done when this was a new 35 grand Chrysler.

  7. P161911 Avatar

    If you want a Caddy that could be mistake for a MN-12 Mercury Cougar.

    1. Wayne Moyer Avatar
      Wayne Moyer

      The shape does look vaguely like Martin Landau’s top. It’s even a matching set of colors.

    1. Krautwursten Avatar

      How about no?

    2. Vairship Avatar

      Change the grill and pass it of as an SSR!

  8. Wayne Moyer Avatar
    Wayne Moyer

    Ok this ad is just full of winners. I’m pretty sure there wasn’t ever a 240SX convertible. Next is the cliche “I know what I’ve got” which in this case is a lot of excuses but hey he knows what he’s got. Oh and he is going to improve and charge extra once its better. So you better get in on the ground floor now while this piece of crap is cheap before the shined up piece of crap is more expensive. Next up is the use of the Kings English. It’s like poetry in motion. Let’s be serious here. I am by no means an English major but this takes time to work through.
    Well it’s time to share this.
    Serious buyers please.
    For sale at a reasonable 3600 is a 1993 240 with sr20.
    It is a drift car that comes with clean title 137000 miles..
    Sr20 t25 turbo. 11lbs nistune ecu arp studs apexi headgasket oil filter relocate kit
    6 point roll cage
    Tein coilovers
    Spl arms, toe and tension rods rack spacers
    5 lug conversion
    Weld diff
    Megan full exhaust
    Aem tru boost
    Mb battles 18s 9.5 et15
    Silvia hood.
    Car is not eye candy its purpose for me was to just for me to learn to drift and drive around thr car has never been in a actually accident. the front end was swap from a wreck cars fenders from one guy hood from another the stock pig nose was sold by previous owner who i know well. There is issues with the car like the front windows need some attention. Some body love if you care about that.. i can discuss with any serious person..
    Im firm on 3600.. if it doesnt sell by mid February i will put silvia headlights and start addressing the comestic issues and naturally will sell for more. Theres lots of potential someone just has to do it and i want to start another project before drift season starts
    3600 firm.
    Pictured is a innovative wideband i will be keeping that
    Only trades interested in are ls base engines with cash rolling chassis e36 e46 with cash.
    show contact info
    Couple of wet runs i nevered tried to drift in the rain and dont practice unless at the track..

    1. P161911 Avatar

      Actually, the 240SX convertible was a factory item.
      Technically, they were coupes taken off the line and sent to ASC. But it was a Nissan catalog item.

      1. Wayne Moyer Avatar
        Wayne Moyer

        So I guess this null and voids my entry or keeps it alive because it wasn’t a factory conversion?

        1. P161911 Avatar

          We might need a ruling on where ASC contract jobs fall. They did many of the “factory” convertibles in the 1980s and 1990s. I know they did 300ZX convertibles, Mitsubishi 3000GT Spyders, 3rd gen GM F-bodies, 1984-1985 Cadillac El Dorados, Buick Riveras, Toyota Celica, etc.

  9. Wayne Moyer Avatar
    Wayne Moyer

    Ok let me first where my source is. I want to give credit where it’s due. This is from the Malaise Motors group on Facebook and was posted by Dan Harrington. I’m doing this because WOW!
    Linky –
    1988 Lincoln Town car that’s been turned into a convertible and, oh, has a stripped pole.

    1. Andrew_theS2kBore Avatar

      Clearly it appreciates the stripper pole, because that second picture is unmistakably a trouser bulge.

  10. SlowJoeCrow Avatar

    I decided to try overseas with the relatively common Crayford
    this 1967 Cortina MKII looks nice

  11. gord Avatar

    how about
    eagle sundancer (owned 2 of them)
    or a 77 grand prix (1 of none, this one was mine too… yeah i like shiny things and have the attention span of a , oh look shiny thing) … they converted cordobas too, very rare)…
    both look good top down, not so much top up