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.
What’s your favorite campfire song? Mine’s Kookaburra. Before we sing under the stars however, we’ll need to sing the praises of the compact campers you all came up with last week. Merit badges for all! That’ll be right after we get this week’s quest out of the way.  
Do you like cottage cheese? Yeah, not too many people do. What about cottage cars? You know, those built in small numbers by companies like TVR, Wiesmann and Panoz. That’s what we want to find this week—the best deals we can for cottage cars.
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Got that? Good, now let’s set up camp!
After reviewing all the entries, I think we can easily sort all of the campers you found into one of two categories: those that any of us would want for all the right reasons, and those that we’d want for all the wrong reasons. Let’s start with the rights.
First off, you can’t really go wrong with a VW pop-top Multivan, especially not with a five-pot diesel/manual gearbox one as was found in Norway by nanoop. Spin gave us a sleeper van that wasn’t creepy at all, while mdharrell offered up a Camper-topped Jeep that looked close enough to summer fun to be worth its asking. For those needing a place to sleep and stuff to tow, smalleyxb122 suggested a 1978 Towlounge, which as its name suggests will do both.
Okay, now to the want it despite my better judgement listings. Let’s start with the charm bracelet-cute Fiat 850T camper brought to us by crank_case. That was only slightly less lust worthy than the Alfa Romeo A12 Camper unearthed by Jofes2. That was only slightly less questionable an adventure to get into than the 600-cc Aixam Mega-Multitrunk that crank_case found, and which was confirmed by outback_ute able to be converted into a camper. In fact, it should be pointed out that crank_case was on fire last week.
Out winner however was P161911 for the offering of an amazing ’70s Rectrans Discoverer, a bloated whale of a Dodge-based mini-motorhome notable for having been designed by the late Larry Shinoda. It’s so rare to come across one of those today that I think it deserves mention.
Congrats to P161911, and thank you all for your great getaways. Now, let’s go see if we can find some tasty cottage cheese, er, cars.

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23 responses to “Craigslist Crapshoot”

  1. Tim Karre Avatar
    Tim Karre

    This thing is GREAT. It’s a little hipster, but still cool.

    1. Sjalabais Avatar

      …but who came up with the name “Rectrans”? Squarely aiming for the Proctologist Association of America?

      1. Wayne Moyer Avatar
        Wayne Moyer

        I thought it had a bit of a Rodimus Prime look to it.

  2. crank_case Avatar

    It’s not exactly cheap, but $27,000 US isn’t bad for a factory built Ginetta G40R that’s the odd combination of hardcore track car, yet one with at least proper roof and boot that you could take a trip in.
    For craziness – 400bhp RX7 engined SCC Stylus–400bhp-track-and-road-car/6884626

    1. crank_case Avatar

      Colin Chapman supplied all those engines without warranty.. not Jensens finest business deal.

    2. outback_ute Avatar

      Not exactly what I would call a cottage industry at circa 200,000 sqft!

  3. Batshitbox Avatar

    Camp songs?!? This one was popular in the former Dutch Patroonships of New York and Pennsylvania.
    Oaten Doten Little Boaten / It Skiddly Oaten Doten / Bo Do Ska Deeten Dotten / Wha Daten Chu!

    1. Vairship Avatar

      Sounds like a bunch of Double Dutch to me… 😉

    1. Kyle Allen Avatar

      Built by terrorist

  4. ptschett Avatar

    Would a Pantera count? $85,000 is a bit eyewatering but it’s not like you see one every day.

    1. outback_ute Avatar

      Would it be fair to say there is more Ford in the car than just the engine?

  5. Inliner Avatar

    Here is what appears to be the cleanest LaForza I’ve seen, with a price to match ($18,000 CAD, $13,500 USD today), yet only has two pictures in the listing.$_27.JPG

    1. Wayne Moyer Avatar
      Wayne Moyer

      I saw a Loforza pop up on my local Craigslist last year and did a double take. They are rare beasts. The problem lies more in how undesirable they are. They just blend into the background yet cost a mint to take care of.

  6. Inliner Avatar

    Here’s an early-production 1975 Bricklin with the 351 Ford and two low-quality pictures of other pictures for $12,000 CAD ($9,000 USD today).$_27.JPG

    1. crank_case Avatar

      I love TVR Wedges. This one is outrageously expensive as wedges go, but pretty much the ultimate version.

  7. Spin Avatar

    Wow, first time I got a mention in an article! I guess I should commit to the long haul of submissions.
    Ok, so this isn’t the best result, but hey, it’s close.
    1955 Nash Metropolitan with a Suzuki GSX R-1000 motor. Big company, but only 95000 total made. Still too many. Oh well.

  8. outback_ute Avatar

    Ginetta G15, just 796 built between 1967 & 1980 by the four Walklett brothers. They didn’t have dealers or even much advertising.
    This one is asking E17,900 which is a lot, but there doesn’t seem to be many for sale at the moment.

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