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 gave the real wheels a rest and went looking for the coolest slot car racers and model cars money could buy. They needed to be used, and preferably sold by a private party, but other than that it was run whatcha brung. We’ll see what was brought in a sec, but first this week’s challenge.
Last week was fun but we gotta to get back into the real cars, and you don’t get much more real than Hollywood. This week what we want are cars that look like cars that featured prominently in the movies. We’re not asking you to find the silver 1989 Lotus Esprit from Pretty Woman, but if you can find a silver 1989 Lotus Esprit and then note that it represents the plot device from Pretty Woman then your work is done here. Cars and their movie connections are the order of the day.
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Got that? Good, now let’s observe some model behavior!
The coolest thing about model cars is you get many of joys of ownership at a far more modest outlay of cash. With slot and certain other model cars you even get a certain sense of kinetic enjoyment as well.
That’s what we saw last week and quite a few of you liked what you saw. We’ll start out with the amazing find by tonyola of a 1/18-scale Chinese 1958 Dongfeng Golden Dragon. How cool is that? Well, maybe not five-hundred bucks cool—which was it’s asking—but still pretty cool nonetheless. Cheaper, and even cooler was the vintage Dodge Challenger slot car drag race offered up by mdharrell. Man, I’d be up to that challenge. 
Those kind of dealer-offered toys were pretty common back in the day, a fact mentioned by P161911 who also gave us a 1960 Plymouth promo model as further evidence. Our winner for the week with the most up-votes however, was GTXcellent who provided us with a massive collection of slotters with an equally large price—$2,200. That was 71 cars and 65 feet of track, which I guess would be a deal when you calculated it out on a per-car/per foot of track basis.
Congrats to GTXcellent and thank you all for your wonderful contributions. Now, let’s find some movie car stand-ins.


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14 responses to “Craigslist Crapshoot”

  1. Hillman_Hunter Avatar

    Diamonds are Forever featured a red 1971 Mustang. While I think the 1971 Mustang was a bit of a shitbox, this is a lovely example. You’ll pay dearly but it’s got a 351 Cleveland.

  2. Kiefmo Avatar

    Restomodded, but close enough:
    Here’s some action shots if you need any convincing:

    1. Wayne Moyer Avatar
      Wayne Moyer

      If you wait long enough Burt will sign every single of the originals as well as the restomods. The boy needs the cash. I think he has sold three of his own and at least the same amount or more with his signature on them. Heck there another signature one coming up for auction this month.
      Also don’t forget that Fathom Events is showing Smokey and the Bandit on the big screen on the 21st and 24th of May across the country. So get out and see it on the big screen like it was meant to be seen!

  3. GTXcellent Avatar

    I’ll just cut and paste this guy’s ad as it speaks for itself:
    Happy Days Cruiser
    John DeLorean legacy special
    made famous by the movie My Cousin Vinny.

    My Cousin Vinny! Can’t go wrong there. $18k

  4. smalleyxb122 Avatar
    1. Hillman_Hunter Avatar

      Lookit the Dodge Daytona peeking into the frame!

      1. smalleyxb122 Avatar

        That was the car in which (spoiler alert) Oggie Fisher met his demise.

        1. Hillman_Hunter Avatar

          This is embarrassing, as I consider myself a känəˈso͝or of terrible 80s movies, but I just realized I haven’t seen The Wraith. It looks horrendousamazing

          1. smalleyxb122 Avatar

            This is an oversight you should rectify at your earliest convenience. The Wraith is every bit as awful awesome as you imagine.

  5. 0A5599 Avatar

    Four thousand bucks for a classic daily driver movie star? Where do I sign up?

    1. Alff Avatar

      The film provenance is meaningless … but that doesn’t look like a bad bargain.

  6. Batshitbox Avatar

    1956 Land Rover 88 (Series 1), a.k.a. ‘The Antichrist (sorry reverend)’, best supporting actor in “The Gods Must Be Crazy.

  7. mdharrell Avatar

    The ’55 Pontiac ambulance from Animal House is still for sale at $15,000. It’s in Eugene, where I suspect it has remained continuously since filming ended.

    1. 0A5599 Avatar

      “Body is complete.”
      Good, because who wants to drag an ambulance home, only to find that the corpse in the back has mostly rotted away?
      My dad was restoring a Packard convertible, and bought a hearse as a parts car. He had it parked behind his business. It was fairly common for workers to find drunks asleep in the back of the car. I wonder how many have called the Animal House ambulance home during the past 4 decades.