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. Your search last week was to find cars with Suicide Doors, and hopefully talk them out of making any rash decisions. We’ll open the door on the most bass-akwards winner in  a moment, but first this week’s challenge!

They say all work and no play makes for a dull boy, and maybe even girl. Still, if you want to bring home the bacon, you’re going to need to get some work done, and it always makes it a lot easier when you have a good work truck. That’s what I want you to find this week – specifically that bastion of the delivery business, the Step Van. Find us the best and the worst of those lane blockers, with an added bonus if you can find one that’s been customized in any way.

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. Let’s see last week’s gate crasher right after the jump.
It’s amazing how many customizers have sought to personalize their rides by fitting them with suicide doors. They are a lot harder a conversion to make than the seemingly ubiquitous Lambo doors so kudos to the crazy ones.
But it’s the factory backwards doors that in the end are the most amazing. That’s because they were engineered in from the get-go, and hence their presentation is often far more elegant and better integrated. mdharrell found us a 1933 Ford v8 project that has not one, not two, not even three, but four suicide doors, making it the most suicidal of them all. At least I think that’s a ’33 V8, although the hood vents don’t look right to me. I’m sorry, I didn’t catch the actual ad before it expired, but here’s mdharrell’s post so you can bask in its multi-dimensional doordom and can decide for yourself. Mid week mystery car!
Well done, mdharrell!
CC fourdoor
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55 responses to “Craigslist Crapshoot”

  1. muthalovin Avatar

    Not an entry, just crap (these are all shots of the same car):
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    Quoth the Craigslister: "86 Buick Regal fully custom 6.0 ls1 with 4L60E trans, Mustang dash, Maxima Heated Seats, 26 inch rims, new suspension, hid euro lights, Side mirror blinkers and more"
    Ls1 Buick Regal on 26 Inch Rims
    <a href="” target=”_blank”>

    1. FuzzyPlushroom Avatar

      I'd gladly drive it on period 15×7 mags and with the headlights fixed, but… as is, wow.

    2. dukeisduke Avatar

      I am… speechless.

  2. muthalovin Avatar

    It looks like all the step vans got bought up by those goddamn food-truck hippies in Austin.
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    1984 chevy step van – $5500
    <a href="” target=”_blank”>

    1. C³-Cool Cadillac Cat Avatar

      The ambitious ones came north to D/FW, too…

  3. mdharrell Avatar

    Thanks! The red car is a '34 Plymouth. I should have anticipated that such a suicidal ad would quickly expire.

  4. Peter Tanshanomi Avatar

    Are those slotted mags? I would so rock this…
    AMG Postal Van or Ice Cream truck FOR SALE!! – $2500 (Big Bear Resort)
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    1. cruisintime Avatar

      Who among us has not yearned for his own fully stocked ice cream truck?

      1. Peter Tanshanomi Avatar

        Except that this one isn't quite fully stocked…even freezer equipped. It's only an ice cream truck "in potentia." But it would be a great motorcycle parts chaser without the freezer.

    2. acarr260 Avatar

      Ran when parked?

    3. FЯeeMan Avatar

      Its an AMG, so that means it's hotted up, right? That doesn't with well with ice cream

  5. Scandinavian Flick ★ Avatar

    "Restored 1972 Chevy Step Van. PERFECT FOR FOOD TRUCK!"
    <img src="; width="500">
    I do have to admit… it's pretty clean.
    <a href="” target=”_blank”>

    1. muthalovin Avatar


        1. dukeisduke Avatar

          The paint, the wheels – AWESOME!

  6. wisc47 Avatar

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    Here is an '86 International Step Van. It doesn't seem much different than anything else out there, I just thought it was funny they were selling it with the graffiti still on. <a href="” target=”_blank”>

    1. dukeisduke Avatar

      But it's minimalist graffiti!

  7. I Think Not Avatar

    Whew! I'm glad I got to this one quickly, because there's an awesome one in the KC listings at the moment: a 1951 Ford Step Van!
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    <a href="” target=”_blank”>

    1. Peter Tanshanomi Avatar


    2. cruisintime Avatar

      Rides like a tank,piston slapping-rod knocking and starts hard hot or cold. Sounds good to me.

    3. Alff Avatar

      I have absolutely no use for that but would still love to have it.

  8. acarr260 Avatar

    This one is pretty cute (and cheap). 1966 Chevy step van:
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    Ad link: <a href="” target=”_blank”>

    1. racer139 Avatar

      That looks similar to the one in the movie six pack.

  9. acarr260 Avatar

    This one has already been customized into a food truck. Who here is good at baking pies?!
    1960 "Vintage" step van:
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    Ad link:

    1. cruisintime Avatar

      My sarcastic side immediately thought a very different "Pie".

      1. acarr260 Avatar

        A mobile house of ill repute?! That seems like a way more profitable venture.

  10. I Think Not Avatar

    This one's a stretch, because it started life as a school bus with a distinctly step-vannish front end, but has since been converted to that most wonderful of purposes: a Taqueria on wheels!
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    <a href="” target=”_blank”>

    1. MVEilenstein Avatar

      Everything scrawled on that bus sounds delicious.

    2. LTDScott Avatar

      The Taco Bus in Seattle is cooler, although it is not mobile.
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  11. P161911 Avatar

    Only 398,000 miles.
    <img src=""width=500&gt;….
    I din't know FedEx let trucks go. I know UPS crushes theirs to protect brand identity.

  12. JayP2112 Avatar

    Nice truck but has this whole John Wayne Gacy meets Saw vibe to it.
    On the upside, it has two giant freezers and a pickle rack.
    <img src="; width="300">
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    1. dead_elvis Avatar

      "the power steering is manual"

  13. P161911 Avatar

    Too bad this one doesn't have a picture.
    1942 Diamond T Delivery Van
    It probably looks something like this: <img src="×385.jpg"width=500&gt; But MUCH worse.

  14. Tomsk Avatar

    The fact that this shorty '87 Chevy is a diesel isn't all that unusual. What this guy is willing to accept in trade for it is.
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    <a href="” target=”_blank”>

    1. fodder650 Avatar

      Really bitcoins? Well that's new.

  15. Tomsk Avatar

    Oh man, this thing is RAD. A mobile workshop with sleeping accommodations (which I'm sure are just as nice as the ones found at any Super 8).
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    <a href="” target=”_blank”>

  16. Tomsk Avatar

    Finally: OH. EM. GEE. A mobile boutique! This is, like, the greatest step van evurrrrrrrrrrrr!
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    <a href="” target=”_blank”>

  17. fodder650 Avatar

    <img src="; width="600/">
    Check out the nose of this thing. That would make it epic if it wasn't for the interior.
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    Roseanne don't put out your red light please. I mean wow that is some seriously eighties neon there.
    Further do you know the term that the drivers seat is his office. Now lets take that literally.
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    All this for $6500

    1. Neen85 Avatar

      Roxanne had the red light.
      Roseanne was downgraded to the orange light at the 'other' side of town.

  18. joshuman Avatar

    A 1962 Commer camper. It has a step but might not be exactly a step van.….
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    1. Vairship Avatar

      How did mdharrell not buy this already? Too much space, pace and grace?

  19. OA5599 Avatar

    The other step van nominees don't have nearly enough steps.
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    Trucks with mobile stairs (QANTAS)
    3.85m high collapsed
    2.6m wide
    In working condition
    As is where is.
    $6000 + gst or nearest offer (each)
    3 with stairs available, 1 without available

    1. DonFehlio Avatar

      Will I be the first to say it?
      Will I?
      Watch out….
      for hop-ons.

  20. Sjalabais Avatar

    This one counts, right?
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    Since I now have posted something van-ish, let me go offtopic without being exposed to the iron fist of digression. I send this Chuck Miller Sportwagon Corvette to BaT yesterday, but I have to show it to you guys, too. I have never heard of the man, but this was his car until 1988, and it has been in Norway since 2002. Featured in Car & Driver 1972 and in other publications since. It is the first Corvette that I really have to look at twice…something is right about this custom vehicle.
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    A guy I know said this one reminds him of Harold and Maude. I had to correct him.
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  21. mac350 Avatar

    They want $4k for this van – thats a lot of bread.
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    Thats a lot of beef. or is that bull.
    <img src="; width="600">
    This is one long 20 foot interior step van. Would make a great race car hauler.
    <img src="; width="600">

    1. cruisintime Avatar

      Then there is the ancient sun baked masking tape.
      Bring a fresh box of razor blades for this one.

  22. C³-Cool Cadillac Cat Avatar

    I've gotta admit, the interior of this one gives me…
    …puts on sunglasses…
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  23. humblejanitor Avatar

    I think it's sad how many of these step vans were owned by (I assume) failed businesses.
    Competition has got to be rough out there in food truck territory.
    Just ask Philadelphia Collins (RIP).

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