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.
- 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 firstname.lastname@example.org and we can put you on the whitelist
- If you don’t want an IDC account, you can create a wordpress.com account and do the same thing.
- 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!