Craigslist Crapshoot

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 we went looking for the oldest new cars the classifieds can offer. Just like fish and guests some cars stay around stinking up a dealership since nobody else seems to want them. We’ll see what’s old news in just a sec, but first this week’s challenge.
This being Presidents Week and there being no cars named for Washington, what we want are the best deals in Lincolns you can find. I know the marque has been on the ropes for some time, but boy did they build some wonderful iron in the past. Let’s see which measures up to Honest Abe’s standards.
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 see what old that’s new!
We’re going to literally get around to our winner in a sec because it was the first comment posted to last week’s quest. Let’s start with some recent history however, okay? P.T. Barnum once famously slurred the public by noting that there’s “an ass for every seat” which I bring up in answer to mrh1965 who questions who would want a still-new but now four-year old Camaro. A tad newer but just as woebegone was the 2014 Raptor found by ptschett, which still has it’s warranty days ahead of it. 
Getting old school and a little wet behind the ears, Wayne Moyer found us a boat that seemingly has yet to be titled. Maybe it’s just scared of the water? A year older but even less seaworthy was the 1993 Cadillac Allante found by Maymar in Canada and wildly overpriced even in that country’s pretty-pretty money. Jofes2 showed us a collectable 328 that’s been in a collection almost since new, while oldcarjunkie gave us a Supra that nobody apparently thought was all that super to bother driving much.
Our winner however, was mdharrell with the offering of a 1941 Chevy dump truck that seemingly has never been titled even though purchased. That’s not just oddest one, it’s also the oldest. Congrats to mdharrell and thank you all for your contributions. I know that was a weird quest, but you all came through. 

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31 responses to “Craigslist Crapshoot”

  1. Alff Avatar

    There are a number of reasonably priced LS’s on the local CL. They tick a couple of the right boxes for me, I may yet pick one up. I don’t figure those would interest this group, though.

    1. smalleyxb122 Avatar

      An LS with the 5-speed would be of interest, but none showed up on my local Craigslist.

  2. Batshitbox Avatar

    Aw yeah… lead image has the car stopped on the side of the road with the hood up. This’ll be a winner. Barn find, some rust, no start but actually in pretty good shape, and pre-SMOG in California
    1970 Lincoln Continental Mark III – $650

    1. Wayne Moyer Avatar
      Wayne Moyer

      Ran when listed on Craigslist.

    2. Sjalabais Avatar

      Potato shot of a car broken down on the side of the road…either a brilliant seller luring people to click on the ad, or just…eh…the obvious?

      1. 0A5599 Avatar

        My dad let some prospective buyers test drive a Renault Dauphine he was trying to sell. It broke down during the test drive. They bought it anyway.

        1. Sjalabais Avatar

          French car buyers ≠ rational people.

    3. Harry Callahan Avatar
      Harry Callahan

      I once owned one. My favorite feature was the power steering pump. Instead of being belt driven, the pump asembly slid over the front of the crankshaft snout and bolted to the front cover. This was an excellent setup that never squealed and was essentially maintenance free, save maintaining fluid level in the remote reservoir. How I wish this system was adopted across all Ford lines. It was brilliant!

  3. Batshitbox Avatar

    Considering this ’57 Lincoln Premier is $4500, and has no interior, and no engine
    And this ’57 Lincoln Premier is $3850 but doesn’t run / needs restoration
    I’d say this $4775 ’56 Lincoln premier in restored running (but smokey) condition is the best deal I can find on sub-$5K mid-’50s Premiers.

  4. Kiefmo Avatar

    This low-mileage malaise-era road sofa looks like a screaming deal with so few miles for just $1800 — if the pictures are any indication, and it actually does run and drive.

    1. Sjalabais Avatar

      This is exactly what I’d want to buy if I ever get my family on a US road trip. I hope two weeks are short enough of a time span to not sincerely regret going down this road.

    2. Timothy Avatar

      Holy smokes! You’re killing me. How can I resist 19 feet of orange goodness?
      I need to make a phone call.

  5. smalleyxb122 Avatar

    Cheap ’65 Conti. Suicide rear doors. Seized engine. $2200.

  6. GTXcellent Avatar

    Only $160,000. Seeing how the seller claims 1 of 12 made, and the only auction results I can find show hardtops selling around this price, well, seems like a screaming deal to me.

  7. Harry Callahan Avatar
    Harry Callahan


    1. Batshitbox Avatar

      ’57 – ’58 seems to be when they went from Land Barge to Land Yacht. As a Bentley S3 lover, diagonal headlights usually get me going, but that is not a 5 figure car. “If it’s not on the car it’s in it.” I’d like to believe you, but could you at least throw up a pic of the interior? Are the original rims in there?

  8. mdharrell Avatar

    Someone has to post the Continental that’s not a Lincoln, so it might as well be me. Besides, $29,750 may not be crazy money for one in this shape these days, particularly with factory air.

    1. Alff Avatar

      Ambiguous in the way only a CL listing can be.

      1. mdharrell Avatar

        My guess is every photo featuring a 206 area code.

  9. Jofes2 Avatar
    1. ptschett Avatar

      The color reminds me of the custard filling in the donut I had for breakfast.

  10. ptschett Avatar
    1. Sjalabais Avatar

      This is what a filling the tank might cost in Norway.

  11. Inliner Avatar

    While I unfortunately couldn’t find any 1949-1951s (some of my favourites), here’s a very clean white/white 1963 Continental for $14,900 CAD ($11,325 USD).

  12. Sjalabais Avatar

    There are 11 Lincoln for sale on Norway’s main Craigslist equivalent, and none of them is a deal. But I do actually recognize one that I have posted here before ages ago, a non-seller? Who knows. 2002 Continental Collectors Edition, 100k kms…wait for it…26200$. Not joking.
    I could actually see myself driving something like this…at a 95% discount.

  13. SlowJoeCrow Avatar

    The waggish answer is
    A Lincoln welder like I learned on in high school

  14. Fuhrman16 Avatar

    For only $1995 you could get a Ford Expedition with a chrome nose. This was a $45 grand truck when new!