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 best deals in Lincolns the classifieds had to offer. That’s a big order as unlike Cadillac, Lincoln has never made any really small cars. We’ll see what turned up in just a sec, but first, this week’s quest.
Okay, I have a weird one for you this week. Instead of looking for ads in which people are trying to unload their iron, we wan’t to see those where they’re just trying to separate someone from their money. That’s right, this week we want to see if we can come up with some scam ads!
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 some hot… rod… Lincolns, and others!
Let’s talk a little bit about the extremes that presented in the results of our timely Lincoln-looking—in the same model no less! At only $125 ptschett found us an example of the fairly well unloved FWD late-’90s Continental. Move over a continent however, and that car is apparently worth almost $30K as was found by Sjalabais. At least the Euro-plated car had a faux convertible roof.
Fuhrman16 found another price discrepancy in a Navigator going for under two-grand that once went for about twenty-times that price. Oh how the mighty have fallen. If you want to fall stylistically rather than financially, then maybe the late-fifties baroque barges found by Harry Callahan and Jofes2 would suffice. Personally I try and imagine that era of Lincolns never existed, which isn’t hard when cars like the 1937 V12 droptop found by GTXcellent, or the suicide door-having 1965 Continental offered by smalleyxb122 are around.
Our winner is another from Lincoln’s salad days, the era right before Ford ran out of things to do with the brand. That’s a handsome but tipping the scales towards tragic MK III given to us by Batshitbox. Mechanically injured but seemingly solid enough for its $650 price, it’s not surprising that the seller appended his ad with “SOLD.” Well, actually it is, why wouldn’t he just take down the ad?
Congrats to Batshitbox, and thank you to everyone else for making Lincoln come alive again. Now, let’s go hunt down some scams!

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14 responses to “Craigslist Crapshoot”

  1. mdharrell Avatar

    So… This week we’re looking for any ads from dealers?

  2. Hillman_Hunter Avatar

    $1.5 million for an old 7-series. Boom*, what do I win?×150.jpg

    Tupac’s Car – An Extraordinary Relic

    *no bad joke intended

    1. dukeisduke Avatar

      No, a bad joke would be BOOM, BOOM, BOOM, BOOM, BOOM, BOOM, BOOM, BOOM, BOOM, BOOM, BOOM!

      1. Kyle Allen Avatar

        Not even a joke, let alone a bad one

    2. Kyle Allen Avatar

      All Eyez On Me if I was driving this. Holla If Ya Hear Me playing on the stereo. And screaming Fuck All Y’All as I’m Staring At The World Through My Rearview. RIP Makaveli The Don. Hip Hop has been WRONG since you’ve been gone. Now we’re stuck nanny fags like Drake. At least you’ve never heard that pussy rap!!!

  3. ptschett Avatar

    “2001 Dodge Dakota 3500, ext Cab, 4 Dr Automatic, V8, 5.9L Engine.” Picture appears to be an R/T.

    1. Alff Avatar

      That’s the very rare R/T 3500 Dakota. If only it were the convertible.

    1. Hillman_Hunter Avatar

      “Saintliness Premium” sounds more like a Hongqi limo model name.
      But as a country rube unfamiliar with Craigslist, what would be the angle of this scam?

      1. Maymar Avatar

        Limited details, no geographic signifiers, absurdly low price, and completely blanked out license plates are usually a sign the lister is fishing for a wire transfer from a rube. Odds are, you contact them, they’ll tell you they’re off working on a oil rig or something, but just wire them the money, and their local contact will drop the vehicle off, or something like that.
        Unfortunately, a Google reverse image search just brings up a bunch of Geelys, but sometimes you can source the original picture from a much more legitimate listing.

        1. Alff Avatar

          All of the above, plus the phone number isn’t local. There’s a good chance that you’ll never be able to reach someone at that number but will trigger a text response to communicate via e-mail because cell coverage in Bora Bora is so spotty. A friend of mine responded to one of these to be told that the seller was a “PayPal Authorized Dealer” and all sales would be insured.

        2. Hillman_Hunter Avatar

          Ah, right, duh

  4. Harry Callahan Avatar
    Harry Callahan
    Ok, here we go:
    Mileage not stated in description
    private seller but car has dealer cards in license plate holder
    Salvage title with sketchy explanation
    Prestige car with low price
    What could possible go wrong?

  5. mrh1965 Avatar

    Here’s a two year old Ferrari 458 Sypder for $99 down and $89 per month.. for the next 100 years??

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