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.

Cummins, Cummins, Cummins, Cummins, Cummins, Chameleon… Last week we went looking for anything with a Cummins diesel, all comers all takers. We’ll see the smoking section in just a bit, but first this week’s quest.
This week we’re going to channel Steve Martin and… get small. That’s right, you knew it was coming: we want to find the coolest slot car racers and model cars money can buy. The only criteria is that they need to be used, and preferably sold by a private party.
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 bring the noize!
While we don’t really approve of the practice of “rolling coal” we do appreciate the products of Columbus Indiana’s Cummins Incorporated. From running at Indy to providing what is arguably the heaviest engine available in a consumer vehicle, Cummins has it all. And we got a load of their work in a number of different formats last week.
Let’s start with something called a Gyro Trac as found by P161911. I don’t know what it does, but I like Gyros and apparently so do a lot of you. That thing looked like it could traverse darn-near any terrain, but seeing as 70% of the Earth’s surface is covered in water, maybe you’d like jim‘s contribution, a handsome 1991 32-foot Corvette boat. Honestly, I’d be all over that.
Of course if you’re looking for Cummins power, you’re going to find a good bit of farm machinery and construction equipment. The most popular of those were the Terra-gator seed spreader found by Jofes2 and, thinking big, a 1988 GROVE AT420 All Terrain Crane given to us by tonyola.
Almost taking the cake this week, and possibly a place where you could actually bake one, was the 1994 Osk Kosh, B’Gosh converted bus/food truck/trolly offered up by smalleyxb122. That bad boy was, appropriately enough, made available in Toledo Ohio. 
Our winner, with a total of 13 up-votes was an amazing amalgam of old and bold, in the form of a 1931 Hudson Family Sedan rocking a Cummins BT4 smoker, with its huge turbo poking proudly through the louvered side-hood. Audacious and absurd, it gained P161911 this week’s top honor.
Congrats to P161911 and thank you all for the eclectic contributions. Now, let’s slot in this week’s contenders.

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28 responses to “Craigslist Crapshoot”

    1. 0A5599 Avatar

      I think the RHD one will lose the race. All that additional engineering is likely to add weight.

    2. Peter Tanshanomi Avatar

      My grandfather bought a promotional Charger slot car set st the local Dodge dealer in ’67. My cousins and I played with that for at least two decades.

      1. mdharrell Avatar

        So the message for the youth of the day was that Chargers, unlike Challengers, could turn corners. Good to know.

  1. P161911 Avatar

    At one point in time, you could go into a new car dealership an see/get a model of whatever cars they might not have on the lot.
    Here is a 1960 Plymouth Station Wagon

    1. mdharrell Avatar

      Having owned several ’59 Fords over the course of the last few decades, including a retractable hardtop, I of course have a dealership model of a, um, ’58 Ford convertible.

  2. GTXcellent Avatar

    Uh oh, looks like someone’s wife put her foot down and told him to get those toys out of the basement.
    71 cars, 100+ feet of track, controllers, buildings, wow, that’s a lot of stuff. Oh, he wants $2200? “Sorry dear, they didn’t sell”

  3. Sjalabais Avatar

    Definitely a grey area for today’s mission, but I love the Moskovich pedal cars:$_75.JPG
    Pretty darn pricey though.

    1. tonyola Avatar

      This might almost be worth it. It’s probably more reliable than the real thing.

      1. Sjalabais Avatar

        Flintstones of the world, unite!

    2. Rover 1 Avatar
      Rover 1

      Possibly quicker and more reliable than the real, non pedal Moskovich cars?

    1. 0A5599 Avatar

      Not without a link to the ad.

  4. nanoop Avatar

    Well, “used” and “toy” are relative terms… The manufacturer prefers calling it “Skulptur 911”, because… they (P-fab) expect to sell 911 pieces, imagine that. Also, 750Euros is exactly the price mothership is calling for, didn’t have the balls to demand 911 Euros.$_1.JPG

  5. Jofes2 Avatar

    Someone has looked at his, or her who am I kidding, his, Willi Betz logistics company model collection and for some reason decided that enough was enough. “Maybe I’m more of a Dachser type of guy,” he might have been thinking as he published this ad offering the huge tiny fleet for a juicy 6000 euro.
    So, whether you are interested in managing a decent freighting empire in your living room or you just want some sample size when researching the effects of firecrackers on 1:87 Mercedes-Benz Actroses, you better hurry up because 37 people are watching the auction.

    1. Sjalabais Avatar

      Prices on real and perceived collector’s items are always a great firestarter indeed…

    2. Rover 1 Avatar
      Rover 1

      Again? Wife says ‘Must sell’ ?

  6. Tomsk Avatar

    When was the last time you saw a 1:32 scale Revell slot car set from 1965? Sadly, all the original car bodies are long gone, but it appears everything else is still here.

    1. Wayward David Avatar
  7. SlowJoeCrow Avatar

    This reminds me that I still have a toolbox full of early 90s 1/24 scale slot cars in the garage. Hoonworthy items include 2 IMSA GTP bodies, an Intrepid in metallic purple with flames and a Mazda in Gulf colors plus a mix of Parma, JK and Slotworks chassis.