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 we sought to air some things out, especially engines. That was because I asked you to find air cooled cars. . . that weren’t Volkswagens. While fulfilling that request turned out to be a breeze, we’ll have to wait for the winner to blow cover until we have discussed this week’s challenge. 

This week we’re giving air-cooled cars the gas pass, and are instead looking for cars that possess the following two features:

1. Pillarless coupe body

2. Straight six cylinder engine

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 was the air-coolest last week.
When thinking air-cooled and not VW, the likeliest go-to is of course Chevy’s rear-engined wonder the Corvair. Fun fact, my very first car ever was a 1961 Corvair 700 turtle top. That’s where I learned how to wrench, and that woodgrain shelf paper over red vinyl makes a satisfying replacement door card covering. 
You might think then that my past history and still warm love for the marque would have compelled me to choose one of the awesome Corvairs that were found. It was a squeaker, that Lakewood wagon nearly sending me into delirium. But in the end, it was a car with its air-cooled engine at its other end, as well as far, far, far more rare that takes the cake.
This 1971 Honda 1300 which was found by I Think Not is one of only two claimed to be in the states, and by bodywork alone makes it about the most un-Honda-looking Honda you could imagine. I Think Not recommended both the ad on eBay and the BaT article on the car, in which they note that it is being sold by a BaT member, who is also in possession of the other 1300 residing stateside. This one eventually did sell at $11,000, and hopefully its new owner will also keep it here in the U.S..
Well done I Think Not!
Source: eBay


    1. That's plagerism! Except that you quoted your source, so I'll just go with lazy. An excellent answer, but lazy.

    1. Ok, do me a solid…where the hell is "Bend?" Oklahoma, South Dakota? I've heard of Great Bend, South Bend but never just "Bend."

    1. Surprisingly hard to find these days and, when listed, they move quickly. Hard to believe, given that they were once the used Kleenex of the automotive landscape.

      1. Uhh, it's pretty damn close to me. I'll drive it to you and only charge for gas there and to return and inevitable wire smoke if I can interest someone in a roadtrip (I probably can).

        1. I can lend you a guest bedroom mid-continent…would be an awesome roadtrip series for the 'verse…

    1. What a beauty… and smog exempt in CA! There's an uncomfortably limited amount of info though, and being an east coast car, I fear what lies beneath that suspiciously nice paint…

  1. Threadjack/APB/BOLO. I am 95% sure what my next car will be. A red Mercedes C320 RWD wagon/longroof. I prefer the auto because I just read that the manual transmission (available only in 2003 MY) is a basket case. I prefer a California car, but if the price is right and it has a stack of maintenance/repair receipts, I'm willing to buy from out-of-state. Thanks y'all.

        1. I just remember when we had a c230 kompressor from about that vintage come into our lowly saturn dealership and the quote to fix the sunroof motor was around 5 grand.

    1. In my view there are both a B & C pillars. The B is extra wide and body color, the C is under glass.
      I thought you simply started at the front with A and assigned letters as you found pillars going back.

          1. Tim has mentioned this before outside of hooniverse, and back then I thought it would not work. The second result seems to back that up:… Also one of my friend's friends got caught by the police for driving on antique plates here in IL. Basically he was driving to work same route each morning and the police officer would drive by some businesses to see if anything was unusual each morning too along that same commute. It was an older car, so memorable to the officer, and after a while he stopped him and said enough was enough. So it happens, people get stopped for it.

          2. In Missouri, you cannot travel more that 1000 miles per year and cannot commute on antique plates. I don't know if anyone would catch me, but I like drive my "antique" at every opportunity so I decided to pass on the collector plates.

    1. The T engine code in the ad is indeed for the 200 cubic inch straight six, but the ad also says "original engine has been replaced" so it could be something else at this point. I agree it was probably replaced with something similar, however, precisely because the seller isn't saying.
      No, it's not gauche. Even if it is, do it anyway.

      1. I was so glad when I moved to Michigan and didn't have to worry about front license plates. Rocks always chip them just enough that the license plate fluid runs out and you're stuck topping it off in the middle of the freeway on the way to work.

      2. Each of my wagons, with the hatch open in the rain, would pool water in the license plate well so that when you closed the hatch, if you didn't remember to stand off to the side, it'd soak your shoes.
        The 745's was dubbed the 'watergate' for that reason. The 855's latch was broken, so that issue sort of solved itself.

          1. It happened to me a couple of times in the process of helping a friend move… any situation where the car stands idle while you carry something bulky out to it, really.

    1. There is a shiny spot on the concrete behind the left rear wheel. As I looked at it on my tiny phone screen, I scrolled horizontally and as I got there, it looked like tire smoke. I was disappointed when the full image came into view.

  2. Pillarless coupe.
    <img src="$T2eC16N,!zUE9s389zcKBRTGvVhJP!~~48_27.JPG" width="600" </img>
    Dee-Oh-Eich-Cee Straight-o Six-o engine.
    <img src="$T2eC16NHJGQE9noMZGOiBRTGwyhr7w~~48_27.JPG&quot; width="600" </img>
    Stick-o shift-o! Also very green interior.
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      1. No, some of the C-Class could be had with a stick until fairly recently. Also the first gen SLK could have a stick. Both were rare.
        Just checked, you can still get a 2013 SLK 250 with a 6-speed manual. There were some used 2011 C-class models with a stick shift too.

        1. that is most astounding! I wouldn't have suspected the availability of a stick any time in the last 10-15 years. In the US, that is.

          1. A search of MB-USA website revealed only 31 used (CPO or otherwise) cars available at a M-B dealer in all of the USA (at least the ones searchable through the M-B USa website). They make them, but good luck finding one, I would imagine probably less than 5% of the ones sold in the US have a stick shift.

      2. A manual is available here for models up to the E-class, but only on the four cylinder models.

      1. It is pretty awesome. And I could tell smug Prius owners that my car is much greener than theirs, and watch them try to think of a way to prove me wrong.
        I have absolutely nothing against not-smug Prius owners.

          1. I know some. A retired AF Lt. Colonel (test pilot) and his wife. They bought two used ones (and one is rebuilt).

          2. Huh, there must be more than one. I used to be friendly with an old pot-growing hippie whose wife drove one… they had that, a second-generation Forester, a restored '66ish Ford pickup, and a gorgeous also-restored two-door Volvo Amazon. Great, down-to-earth guy; they bought the car to make road trips more efficient. No idea why he didn't get a Jetta TDI, knowing him, but there must have been a reason.

      1. Stll cool, and about a third of the price! I miss these kind of interiors, or the time when didn't need to get a 10k€ individual leather pack to something other than grey, black, or beige.

  3. Back to the Honda, is this the same one (or the other one mentioned) that used to belong to the guys at

    1. I've always had a soft spot for the glass backs. AND it's a slant six. This would push all of my buttons if it only had pushbuttons, but we all know they dropped them in 64.

    2. Swoon.
      Dad had one, red on red. His was a 273 and a 4 speed though. Bought it new, never sold it. I wanted that car so bad, but by the time I was closing in on driving age rust was in the process of claiming it. Before the process was complete, a potato chip truck finished the job.

  4. If only this was a weird Canadian exclusive week, I'd have some sweet options.
    They all have V8s though.

  5. I don't know how you people do it…but i LOVE what you do time I want a nice older car, I'm just going to hang in the Crapshoot post! GOD BLESS YOU!!

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