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 rocked down to Electric Avenue, looking for home brew cars and trucks that swing both ways, you know AC/DC. We’ll see which of those most gives us a charge in a minute, but first we have this week’s quest to discuss. The words “Mid-engine” and “Italian” usually engender visions of the uber rich and maybe a smoking hulk on Wrecked Exotics, but this week we’re going hunting for a mid-engine Italian that’s both affordable, and maintains a rep for avoiding immolation. That’s right, this week we want Fiat X1/9s! All the X1/9s we can find. We’ll sort them out in our next meeting. As always, we want your finds to go down in infamy and not in the site’s spam filter. Since we’ve changed commenting systems, you may need to update your commenter account. Make sure you have a Disqus account – they’re free and easy to get – and then comment away.
Well, I think the most obvious takeaway from last week’s quest is that there is nothing sadder than a crapped out home-made electric car. Imagine being stuck with the electrified Jeep Cherokee found by bigredcavetroll. That’s presently immobile not because its seller couldn’t find a long enough extension cord, but due to a burned out controller. The problem facing the seller of the electric VW Beetle found by Wayne Moyer is that he’s lost the car’s key. As pointed out by Tim, can’t he hotwire it? The winner of last week’s quest of sadness was Jeepster, who found this Mechanix Illustrated Urba Town Car on eBay. Imagine if you will, ordering a Town Car for your bachelor party or prom date and having this thing show up! Remarkably the eBay ad claims that the auction (starting bid $4,000) is over because the car is no longer available. Congrats to Jeepster, and thank you all for playing!