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. Everybody loves a parade, right? I mean there’s that old song literally called I Love a Parade. But nobody – and I mean nobody – loves parades the way the shriners do, and after the jump, we’ll take a shine to the shriners. First however, this week’s assignment. 

This week being so hot here in much of the Northern Hemisphere, I want to cool things down a bit, In fact, I want to air-cool things down a lot, and as such I want you to bring me ads for aircooled cars – and here’s the kicker – that aren’t Volkswagens.

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 make the jump and see who led the parade.
The Shriners aren’t just a bunch of inebriates in fez hats and tiny cars weaving haphazardly along local community parade routes, they’re also one of the nation’s great philanthropic organizations. Thy make possible the provision of heath care to needy children through their Shriners International organization and of course the Shriner’s Hospitals for Children.
Another group that really likes to give is the Hooniverse commentariat, and while I gave you an appreciably tough assignment last week – to find Shiner Parade Cars – you came through with flying colors. The Hoon that flew the highest and most colorfully however was Irishzombieman, who found a Shiner car that could carry not just one, but a whole drunken brawl of the club’s members.
Oh sure, this ’29 Ford needs some work before its next parade, but its badging and clownish paint job makes this the winner for the week. Congrats and a tip of the fez to Irishzombieman!
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88 responses to “Craigslist Crapshoot”

  1. mdharrell Avatar

    <img src="; width="450">
    Ultra Van.
    Yes, I know it's not craigslist. I don't care. Why don't I care? Because it's an Ultra Van, that's why.

    1. Irishzombieman☆ Avatar

      One of these got behind me on a twisty mountain road and kept up with me despite my best efforts to lose it (I was in a 1996 Silverado). I'd never seen one before, never even heard of them, and the fact that something so huge and weird looking stayed close enough to fill my rear-view mirror sorta blew my mind.

      1. mdharrell Avatar

        To add to the effect, was it smiling like this one, too?
        <img src="; width="350">
        It's a common modification, at least to the extent that "common" describes anything involving Ultra Vans.

        1. Irishzombieman☆ Avatar

          This one was light brown, with eyebrows that pointed down in the middle that made it look mad.

          1. mdharrell Avatar

            I think I'd find the smile more disturbing.

            1. Irishzombieman☆ Avatar

              I wouldn't've been able to see it. It was following so close my daughter said it looked like I was pulling a trailer.

              1. Devin Avatar

                Now it sounds like a Pixar remake of Duel.

                1. Irishzombieman☆ Avatar

                  My first thought was that it looked like something out of Cars.

        2. dukeisduke Avatar

          The number on the oval plate on the front? That's its serial number.

    2. longrooffan Avatar

      Game Over.

  2. Devin Avatar

    Oh hey, this hasn't sold yet, and it's powered by Corvair!
    <img src="$(KGrHqJHJE0FG9NBy8ELBRwvyc5HQQ~~48_20.JPG&quot; width="500">
    Someone really needs to buy it already

  3. Devin Avatar

    Under this pile of garbage is an NSU Prinz!
    <img src="$(KGrHqV,!qsFHMOSlT8GBR5CrJCjRQ~~48_20.JPG" width="500">
    Technically converted to a bike engine but he still has the original.

    1. Sjalabais Avatar

      It just invaded my heart.

  4. Scandinavian Flick ★ Avatar

    Slim pickin' in this category, but I found this cute little bugger. 1960 Fiat 500 Bianchina Trasformabile Speciale powered by a 21hp, 499cc beast!
    <img src=""&gt;
    Look at that! It's adorable!
    <img src=""&gt;
    <a href="” target=”_blank”>

    1. Irishzombieman☆ Avatar

      Flick, Shriner parade cars were last week.

    1. gomerpig Avatar

      Nice find! Previously I hadn't given Corvairs a second look but this one is hot and spicy

    1. Irishzombieman☆ Avatar

      Dang. Never seen one of these before.

      1. dukeisduke Avatar

        We've had a few (both Lakewood and non-Lakewood) wagons in our club over the years. Even a couple with a/c (installed by the owner, there was no factory a/c for the wagons). Wagons were only built in '61 and '62.

    2. Vairship Avatar

      Looks like it spent some time in a lake in the woods…

  5. muthalovin Avatar

    So, this is totally off topic, but I found this CL add when looking for 911s.
    TRADE CESSNA 150 plane for 911 Porsche – $20000
    "I dont know alot about the plane but my AP guy does. Its getting its annual now as well. I fly it all the time and its a blast. I want a 911 or newer boxster. send pics."
    <img src=""&gt;
    <a href="” target=”_blank”>

    1. mdharrell Avatar

      Well, it is air-cooled.

  6. muthalovin Avatar

    I think this is either love it or hate it.
    <img src=""&gt;
    Porsche 1978 911 SC Outlaw – $29000
    <a href="” target=”_blank”>

    1. P161911 Avatar

      Still a Volkswagen, and you can't convince me other wise.

      1. FreeMan Avatar

        it is NOT a VW! it is NOT a VW! it is NOT…
        fine, it's based on a design done for VW. I still like this one.

    2. Tim Odell Avatar

      Those haven't depreciated enough.

      1. Alff Avatar

        They've hit the bottom of the curve and gone the other way.

  7. Scandinavian Flick ★ Avatar

    Awesome!! 1965 Citroen 2CV Truckette. "FUN TO DRIVE!!! LIVE YOUR DREAM – JUST LIKE IN FRANCE!"
    <img src="; width="550">
    <a href="” target=”_blank”>

    1. Devin Avatar

      It has long been a dream of mine to drive around in a small shed.

      1. Scandinavian Flick ★ Avatar

        Think of all the baguettes you could store/haul!
        Live the dream, friend… Live the dream.
        <img src=""&gt;

        1. Tim Odell Avatar

          Where….where did you find that?

          1. Irishzombieman☆ Avatar

            That sorta looks like him.

          2. Scandinavian Flick ★ Avatar

            My Google-fu knows no bounds.

      2. Vairship Avatar

        If it ever becomes your dream to drive around in a bigger shed, Citroen have you covered there too: <img src="ën_Typ_H_1981_grey_vl_TCE.jpg/797px-Citroën_Typ_H_1981_grey_vl_TCE.jpg&quot; width="600/">
        Source: <a href="” target=”_blank”>

  8. Irishzombieman☆ Avatar

    This is nice. Not $10k nice, but nice.
    And air-cooled.
    1972 Honda 600 – $9999 (Burbank)
    <img src=""&gt;
    <a href="” target=”_blank”>

  9. Irishzombieman☆ Avatar

    Oooh, nice!
    1973 Puma GTE Rare sports car from Brazil – $5000 (Temecula)
    Oops. VW-powered.
    <img src="; width=300>
    <a href="” target=”_blank”>

    1. I Think Not Avatar

      They were VW powered by then! It's impossibru to get away from that little aircooled boxer-4!

    1. Tomsk Avatar

      Looks like they sliced up a two-door sedan body (including removing the roof) to fit over a dune buggy frame.

    2. Sjalabais Avatar

      You just tickled the spirit of the Crapshoot to vomit all over the internet. I think we have a winner.

    3. stigshift Avatar

      They're not sure what they did, either.

    4. Vairship Avatar

      You'd pretty much have to be a limbo dancer to use those doors.

  10. P161911 Avatar

    Now this one is tempting.
    <img src=""width=500&gt;….
    $2,900 and it only needs a top to be completely usable.

  11. MVEilenstein Avatar

    I know where you can find a 1929 Franklin. Don't think it's on craigslist, though.
    <img src=""&gt;

  12. chrystlubitshi Avatar

    <img src="; width="600">
    Per the ad: 700 Series car, automatic transmission – car was rebuilt in it's past has 102k miles on it. Was bought 30 years ago and parked. Rust through on hood only. Interior dash all in tact, unsure of what works – engine and tranny original. All emblems and quarter panels are in good straight condition. Has another engine for this and misc parts too. Motor in this car is in the rear. Doors open easily, looking for key and title.
    asking for $2500

  13. vroomsocko Avatar

    Classy 70 HP (approx.) London Roadster! I swear this is a pic of a model….
    <img src="; width="600">

    1. $kaycog Avatar

      I may cry.

        1. MVEilenstein Avatar

          It makes me want to . . . Run for the Hills.

          1. vroomsocko Avatar

            [youtube geHLdg_VNww&feature=player_detailpage youtube]

  14. vroomsocko Avatar

    VW powered but had to post real life Speed Buggy! Just need to paint it orange…
    <img src="; width="600">

    1. dukeisduke Avatar

      If it's a 1974 model, and they were built up to 1991, the how can it be "Documented one of the last build before the fall of the Berlin Wall"?

      1. Vairship Avatar

        They built them very slowly…

  15. LEROOOY Avatar

    Do trikes count? What about trikes for people with no legs? They need trikes too!
    <img src=""&gt;….

    1. dead_elvis Avatar

      Most likely VW powered, so no.
      Also, that's truly horrible looking. Excellent find!

    2. Alff Avatar

      Apparently no arms, either. Is your last name Jenkins?

  16. I Think Not Avatar

    It isn't from CL, but I had to find something to break up the Corvair-gasm and It's-not-a-VW-but-it's-powered-by-one diaspora here.
    So, from my favorite manufacturer, I give you a Honda 1300 Coupe 9, for sale on eBay, but this is via BaT because I'm blocked from eBay at work:
    <img src=""&gt;
    <a href="” target=”_blank”>

  17. Jim Brennan Avatar

    What the hell are you guys trying to do to me… Give me a Heart Attack? All these Corvairs… Gah…

  18. Sjalabais Avatar

    I present to you a choice of Soviet ZAZ. All their cars were prime Crapshoot material right from the factory, and this trio sports some reverse logic in that the more you pay, the less power you get.
    1970 ZAZ 966, 54hp, 54000km, 490€. Claimed a running parts car, not registered, interesting nonetheless.
    <img src="$(KGrHqJ,!hgE2fHNF+7rBNrq5MJqmw~~_19.JPG" width="600">
    1973 ZAZ 968, 46hp, 46000km, 800€. Not running, no papers, but spot the differences to the one above…
    <img src="$(KGrHqIOKi4E20Yf5Q1LBNubeDC1Lw~~_19.JPG&quot; width="600">
    1988 ZAZ 968, 42hp, 72000km, 3900€. Proper, beautiful, well-maintained, full service history and documents, inspection lasting until 2014.
    <img src="$(KGrHqR,!nwFG0vhcdDsBR)!uZb8Tw~~48_1.JPG" width="600">
    I'd actually like to take the last one home with me, just for show.

  19. TurboBrick Avatar

    Got two interesting Corvairs on my local CL… First off, a rampside pickup:
    <img src=""&gt;
    EDIT: Muthalovin beat me to the Lakewood wagon. Damn multi area posters!

  20. vroomsocko Avatar

    Wrapping up with a Corvair convertible… $3,700 is making this damn tempting…
    <img src="; width="600">

    1. Manic_King Avatar

      As there is other air cooled ZAZ cars already above but no ZAZ 965, I have one for Hoons:
      <img src="; width="622">
      For sale in Lithuania:
      Suicide doors and all, bigger version/copy of Fiat 500.

  21. Sjalabais Avatar

    The whole Corvair-family appears to be well-represented. To avoid an overdose, lets sprinkle some European cool into this discussion.
    How about a 1981 Tatra 613 V8? No Crapshoot at all, but I just stumpled over it…had to share.
    <img src="$(KGrHqN,!k8E647N-zo!BO4e4b6flw~~_19.JPG" width="600">
    <img src="$(KGrHqR,!okE63(r1qSRBO4e7wfveQ~~_19.JPG" width="600">
    Then there's always the Tatra 87, but that one is just so way out of Hooniverse-territory, it's just for looking, too. No touching.
    <img src="!!sFP08!!20~$(KGrHqQH-EQEvDtSs(IfBL2GiMibtg~~_19.JPG" width="600">
    A 1975 Citroën GS Club is closer to the common people, I guess:
    <img src="$T2eC16N,!zcE9s4g09m3BRf7n3z,nQ~~48_1.JPG" width="600">
    Then there is the Panhard 24CT as a nice example of an aircooled car with style. Seems I am not in the beater mood today, but look at that strange duckling! Gorgeous.
    <img src="$T2eC16h,!zcE9s4g4we-BR5VL3z3Gw~~48_1.JPG" width="600">

    1. JayP2112 Avatar

      More Tatra love… I'd never heard of Tatras until a few years ago. Now I want one.
      <img src="; width="600">
      (Roadtrip 2013, Lane Motor, pre-haircut, check out his enthusiasm!)

      1. Sjalabais Avatar

        I guess you know this glorious ad?
        [youtube zxMluSU6Frw youtube]

    1. I Think Not Avatar

      I think I may have seen this one. It was out east of KC (as the ad says), just south of Lexington MO on a rural road. I was astonished to see the little red FIAT out in farm country, but definitely pleased.

  22. mac350 Avatar

    A German Robur. The ad says it has an in-line aircooled 4 cylinder motor.
    <img src="; width="600"> <a href="” target=”_blank”>

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