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. Last week I put out the call for kit cars that looked like other cars, and boy did you find some faux-bulous contenders.  Be ready to be covered in fiberglass dust in a minute, but first this week’s assignment!

For this week’s quest we need all the ads for. . . woodgrain paneled non-station wagons.  That’s right, anything that’s not a station wagon but maintaining the iconic accoutrement in side lumber for which the longroof is frequently noted.

And as usual, we want your finds to go down in infamy and not in the site’s spam filter. Follow any of the following advice and you’re crap will be known far and wide.

  1. Easiest way to not get caught in the spam filters is to create an IntenseDebate account. If you do so and your posts aren’t appearing, let us know at and we can put you on the whitelist
  2. If you don’t want an IDC account, you can create a account and do the same thing.
  3. If you’re the Ted Kaczynski type and don’t want any kind of account, then try to place only a single link in a comment and just drop any outgoing link in via its raw URL and not as a text link
Craigslist Crapshoot doesn’t work if your candidates don’t get seen, so hopefully following one of these options will ensure that the floodgates of crap are fully open. And now, Let’s see who wone the home-built look-a-like contest.
Man, so many wannabes out there. It just goes to show that what most people lack in cash they more than make up for in unfulfilled dreams and incompetent mechanical aptitude. That’s the only explanation for there being so many uncompleted kit cars offered for sale. Lambos, Bugattis, MGTFs, and freaky-deaky Cobras filled your finds, but there were a couple of bright spots amidst all the cracked fiberglass and rusty VW chassis moldering in backyards. This Sebring-based Bentley, found by dwdf11 is one. It’s a remarkably convincing disguise, likely to fool from far. 
But the winner of last week’s contest turned out to be Alff, who came up with this amazing Porsche-powered, Corvette-aping, Shala Vette dune buggy– in of all places, Norfolk Virginia. The car is not only awesomely cool looking, and apparently ready to go, it’s also painted a rootbeer brown, the auto enthusiast’s color of choice. Way to go Alff!
shala vette/ vw / kit car / dune buggy
Image source: Norfolk Craigslist

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26 responses to “Craigslist Crapshoot”

  1. muthalovin Avatar

    So, when I think woodgrain, I think surf-wagon.
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    Ghetto-Tiki-Surfer: Custom Electric Golf Car – $2500

  2. joshuman Avatar

    Here is one I'd like to fell.
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    Some may argue that the PT Cruiser is a wagon. Chrysler says it is. I had one on vacation once and had trouble getting three suitcases into it. I call that a hatchback. <a href="” target=”_blank”>

    1. JayP2112 Avatar

      It's a truck:
      Wiki'd – The PT Cruiser is a front-wheel drive 5-passenger vehicle, classified as a truck in the U.S. by the NHTSA for CAFE fuel economy calculations but as a car by most other metrics. Chrysler specifically designed the PT Cruiser to fit the NHTSA criteria for a light truck in order to bring the average fuel efficiency of the company's light truck fleet into compliance with CAFE standards.

    2. rustylink Avatar

      Kill it with fire..

  3. joshuman Avatar

    1951 Dodge panel truck $7500. It doesn't actually have wood — just paint trickery.
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    1. fodder650 Avatar

      When you smell varnish on this truck its not because of old gas in the tank.

  4. I Think Not Avatar
    I Think Not

    Does a 2-door hatchback qualify as a wagon? I say it's too small for wagon classification. Either way, awesome!
    Morris Minor Traveller!
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    1. Rust-MyEnemy Avatar

      Thanks to the wood on these being structural, Travellers are actually exempt from all known traffic laws because they're classified as moving wardrobes.
      This is a FACT.

      1. mdharrell Avatar

        I didn't think any component of a British car was considered structural.
        Well, maybe the wiring.

  5. Devin Avatar

    The rare Silverado Harlequin, which does in fact have woodgrain on the cab.
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    One piece at a time…

    1. dukeisduke Avatar

      So much awesomeness in one place.

      1. Devin Avatar

        I love that at least 5 different trucks were involved in its creation, probably more.

  6. Manic_King Avatar

    Wooden semi-convertible-semi coupe, or what ever it is, has wood grain, I guess it is paneled.
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    1. Manic_King Avatar

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      ……………..But these are not for sale so epic fail today for me.

    1. joshuman Avatar

      That front splitter would do a good job chopping down small trees.

  7. Karo Avatar

    How about a 1968 Mercury Park Lane woody convertible? Too bad it's in Honolulu.
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    1. dukeisduke Avatar

      Was that Steve McGarrett's off-work car, as companion to his work car, a black four-door?
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    2. jjd241 Avatar

      This video has a Monteray that spotted a few years ago…
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