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. 

Call me a cab. Okay, you sir are a cab. Last week I asked you to find us taxis for sale, and just like the roll of the dice that is hailing a cab late night, the results were alternatively amazing and awful. We’ll of course find out which was the best (or worst) of them in just a moment, but first we want to detail this week’s search, which is for spurious claims.

For this week’s classified conquest we want you to find ads that do for engine output what fishermen holding their hands at chest level does for the ones that got away. That’s right we want ads with crazy dyno claims. Extra points for ads that lack any sort of evidence backing up those claims. What we want (and thanks to Mad Science for the idea) are the most outrageous horsepower and torque claims you can find. In this instance we really don’t want to hear about the ones that got away.  

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.

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  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 make the jump and find out which cab really had its meter running.
The awful thing about cabs is that they never seem to be going your way. Consistent Craiglist Crapshoot MVP I Think Not found one that can never use that as an excuse for ignoring your curbside hail. This freaky deaky double-headed Cab not only goes both ways, but traditionally for the American taxi market, it’s a Checker as well. 
It may need a new gas tank, and brakes (front? rear? who knows?), but the fact that it will never require reverse gear makes it this week’s winner.
greenvilleHonorable mention (and the other end of the spectrum) goes to acarr260 for finding this amazing ’61 Galaxie “Speedy Cab” which is about the coolest taxi you could hope to find.
Dropped and rocking a high-rise manifold that requires a hole in the hood to clear the pair of dual quads, I think the biggest fist bump this car offers is that it’s actually Ford powered rather than sporting the ubiquitous SBC. 
Sadly the ad for that one has been yanked by the seller, but it makes you wonder what they are putting in the water in Greenville Georgia. Whatever it is, we all should be adding it to our Cheerios.
Thanks to both I Think Not and acarr260 for the great finds. Now, everybody play dynamo hum!
Image sources: Kansas City Craigslist, Greenville Craigslist (now deleted)

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117 responses to “Craigslist Crapshoot”

  1. I Think Not Avatar

    Woohoo! It was a way-late submission, but I couldn't not share that when I found it — it was just too good.
    Also, as I try not to stray outside of my local CL listing, I think we should give it up for the Kansas City metro area. It's hoon central here.

    1. C³-Cool Cadillac Cat Avatar

      Very well done.
      I like how the ad states "it runs". Yeah, but not fast enough to escape the crazy, obviously.

    2. acarr260 Avatar

      Nicely done, sir. I really didn't think anything was going to top the Speedy Cab…

  2. fodder650 Avatar

    Well it MIGHT be legit I'm going to go with it being a pipedream. A 700hp Chrysler SRT8 but look it has a 2.8l Kenne Bell supercharger. That has to be worth three hundred horsepowers.
    <img src="; width=500 />
    <a href="” target=”_blank”>

    1. CABEZAGRANDE Avatar

      Eh, the box stock bolt on kit at 8 lbs will make around 525 whp, so about 630 at the crank. Throw a 10 lb pulley on there and it amy be playing with fire, but it might be making 700ish.
      But I do think it's more likely that they misinterpreted Kenne Bell saying the kit would support 700+ hp with proper supporting mods.

    1. Devin Avatar

      It might be my nearsightedness, but does that hood say "Sugar Butt"?

      1. fodder650 Avatar

        I like what you think it says better but I believe that's Singer Built.

        1. FЯeeMan Avatar

          Singer? The sewing machine company?

          1. fodder650 Avatar

            It is a small four cylinder engine that's kind of buzzy.

          2. mdharrell Avatar

            Let's not leap to conclusions.
            <img src="; width="300">

      2. FuzzyPlushroom Avatar

        'Singer Built', I believe, but now I can't unsee 'Sugar Butt'.

    2. rwb Avatar

      You wouldn't believe the number of results you'll get searching for "700hp Del Sol."

  3. I Think Not Avatar

    Plenty of dyno claims, but I had a hard time finding one really outrageous. The most suspect one I found was this claimed 600rwhp LT1 Camaro, which if the image of the engine bay tells the truth, has been punched to 396 cubes.
    But maybe I just don't know enough about the LT1 motor? I feel like everyone gravitates to the LSx for a reason.
    <img src=""&gt;
    <a href="” target=”_blank”>

    1. chrystlubitshi Avatar

      from what I remember (which may not be much) about the research I did for my brother's LT-1 Caprice, That number is just stretching believable a little bit….(not too much.. maybe at the crank?) with an upgraded fuel delivery system (everything from injectors back to the pump), and a new ECU, of course, and a new set of pistons, and a crank.. and well.. it's pretty much a full engine overhaul….

  4. muthalovin Avatar

    650wrhp Mustang
    <img src=""&gt;
    WITH! A conservative tune.
    Mustang Gt twin turbo-650rwhp – $24000
    P.S. I would rather have that garage across the street.

    1. FЯeeMan Avatar

      Rex & Evo over stang and vette?
      Yeah, I'm wid ya!

    2. Otto Nobedder Avatar

      I wonder how many bees/moths/rocks/etc it sucks up(assuming it actually gets driven on the road)

  5. C³-Cool Cadillac Cat Avatar

    Not local to me, which gives me disappoint, but while it looks like it could back up the numbers….
    <img src=""&gt;

  6. stickmanonymous Avatar

    Of course, it's essential to post the alleged horsepower figures of your imported Hiace diesel. 135hp!
    <img src=""&gt;
    However, here's one with a crazy number, but the papers to prove it. Possibly. 500 wheel hp.
    <img src=""&gt;
    <a href="” target=”_blank”>

    1. jeepjeff Avatar

      500 claimed wheel horsepower. Mmmm… Torque steer donuts.

      1. stickmanonymous Avatar

        One-wheel burnout machine. Peglegs FTW.

  7. muthalovin Avatar

    This is actually accurate.
    "Tuned and programed by LETHAL PERFORMANCE , San Antonio, Dyno pull 789 rwhp ( Real Numbers )"
    <img src=""&gt;
    2011 MUSTANG 5.0 TWIN TURBO – $44000
    <a href="” target=”_blank”>

  8. muthalovin Avatar

    CL Crapshoot Top Tip: Search Twin Turbo for the most egregious examples. Also, supercharge yields some awesome results.

  9. C³-Cool Cadillac Cat Avatar

    Texas is "local"!!!!
    Go away, Shawn!
    <img src="; width="400">
    800 HP. Streetable. Yeah.

    1. muthalovin Avatar


  10. muthalovin Avatar

    Award for most likely to a'splode:
    "The truck made over 850 hp on Danville's dyno and since then I've upgraded the 480 to a s488."
    <img src=""&gt;
    Twin Turbo Built Duramax – $52000
    <a href="” target=”_blank”>

    1. rwb Avatar

      You should watch the Diesel Power Challenge on Youtube. I think they all made around that or more; one old Dodge with a Cummins literally made a ton of torque at all four wheels.

  11. muthalovin Avatar

    This is probably close to accurate, but I share this for the amount of Keywords used.
    <img src=""&gt;
    1991 Mitsubishi 3000GT VR-4 Twin Turbo – $4500
    <a href="” target=”_blank”>

    1. dukeisduke Avatar

      Those VR-4s are insane.

    2. krazykarguy Avatar

      Only $4500 for a Mitsu time bomb. What could go wrong?

    1. frankthecat Avatar

      clearly you haven't seen this:
      [youtube Lpuy4PAfUts youtube]
      The Saab B series I4 can make some stupid horsepower with basically stock internals.

      1. C³-Cool Cadillac Cat Avatar

        Oh, I'm certain it can. However, it'd likely be worth more than $3K.

        1. Scandinavian Flick ★ Avatar

          Not necessarily. Looks like he followed the same big power methods of the Volvo nut balls.
          Step 1) Find Holset.
          Step 2) Bolt Holset behind headlight.
          Step C) Replace front bumper with intercooler.
          Step 4) 400+hp.

    2. muthalovin Avatar


    3. cruisintime Avatar

      The part where the ad says "needs oil pump" is craigslist speak .
      Translates to I blew this bastard up.

  12. C³-Cool Cadillac Cat Avatar

    My very recently rebuilt skepticism meter just pegged out.
    Now, I know these engines can do this, but it's usually in a marine environment where the cooling capacity is unlimited.
    1,653 lb. ft. of torque, eh?
    I didn't notice the world's rotation rate changing…

    1. stickmanonymous Avatar

      Plus, it's a "Bog Horn."

    2. FЯeeMan Avatar

      Somehow, I'm not sure who "Fleece Performance Boost Fooler" is referring to. It's it the guy who is selling the truck, or the guy he's hoping to sell it to?

    3. BlackIce_GTS Avatar

      Totally believable. Leaderboard is at 19:05;
      [youtube aoEQGai3KMw&list=PLGvTvFzdMg_Oi2i0DzeMYXgyAckzQcPYZ youtube]

      1. rwb Avatar

        Hah, I should have scrolled down.

        1. rwb Avatar

          Most amazing part of the video to me: everyone's non-reaction to the entire room going black every time they make a pull.

  13. muthalovin Avatar

    "I have receipts for over $20,000 in work and dyno sheets. 762 RWHP and 619 ftlbs
    This car is a beast and flat scares the shit out of me."
    <img src=""&gt;
    Also, what is this?
    <img src=""&gt;
    2007 CORVETTE C6 SUPERCHARGED – $35995
    <a href="” target=”_blank”>

    1. Eric Rood Avatar

      Some kinda methanol injection thing. Mostly, it's a box that magically produces $20K of asking price.

      1. Sjalabais Avatar

        I'll take two of those boxes.

      2. muthalovin Avatar

        Mmm, menthol injections.

      3. Devin Avatar

        I saw one listing that called it a meth injection, which wound up creating an image which was, in fact, entirely keeping with the ad in question.
        He didn't list the horsepower, however, so I didn't post it.

    2. rustylink Avatar

      Automatic price increase if you indicate that the car you're selling "scares you"…

    3. C³-Cool Cadillac Cat Avatar

      Must be a trailer brake controller.

  14. Scandinavian Flick ★ Avatar

    How about an outrageously expensive Miata with dyno claims?
    "Car made 358 whp and 306 ft/tq at 23 psi. Car is capable of much more, however, the turbo is not.
    It ran a 12.60 E/T and trapped at 119mph. This is not a drag car, so I wasn't expecting it to be that good off the line."

    <img src="; width="500"> <a href="” target=”_blank”>

    1. calzonegolem Avatar

      "It's not a drag car"
      Dafuq are the Hoosiers for then?

  15. Scandinavian Flick ★ Avatar

    Loooooong list of mods, but no proof to back up the claim of, "built auto, e-85, 791 rwhp. fully built."
    Look how built it is:
    <img src="; width="500">
    <a href="” target=”_blank”>

    1. Eric Rood Avatar

      Almost posted this same one.

        1. Eric Rood Avatar

          Y U HAVE AUTO TRANS!!!!11!!? LOLL

          1. Scandinavian Flick ★ Avatar

            Because drag car.

  16. Eric Rood Avatar

    No actual power figures provided. Just parts' capability with four digits.
    <img src="; width="600">….

    1. johnf1979 Avatar

      Because when I think sleeper I definitely think 4" cowl hood.

  17. Scandinavian Flick ★ Avatar

    Not really an "outrageous" claim with "303 wheel horsepower @ 13psi," but it's a 71 Vega…. with the 13B from an FD!
    <img src="; width="500">
    <img src="; width="500">
    <a href="” target=”_blank”>

    1. muthalovin Avatar

      Okay, so I will post this Vega that I found.
      <img src=""&gt;
      1973 VEGA PRO STREET 690 hp – $25000
      <a href="” target=”_blank”>

    2. Ol' Shel' Avatar

      That's a '70 Camaro. Look at the front end.

  18. muthalovin Avatar

    "Bike is completely driveable and reliable. It only needs the charge piping to complete the turbo setup. It would only need the motor built (with the supplied engine parts) to achieve 400+ whp."
    That! Is crazy.
    <img src=""&gt;
    2008 Turbo Suzuki Hayabusa – $9999
    <a href="” target=”_blank”>

    1. cruisintime Avatar

      Said the man that needs a wheel dolly to carry his coolers.

  19. Devin Avatar

    I like how he casually drops an "estimated 600 hp" on this.
    <img src="$T2eC16NHJGQFFh)!MIUWBSF4q2F8z!~~48_20.JPG" width="500">
    I estimate it has all the horsepowers!

    1. Eric Rood Avatar

      Dokken on the stereo adds 1 HP per dB with an extra 35 HP boost during George Lynch guitar solos.

      1. Eric Rood Avatar

        [In case you don't understand the kind of awesome we're dealing with here]
        <img src="; width="300">

        1. dukeisduke Avatar

          Plus an estimated 50hp from the bitchin' wheels.

          1. Scandinavian Flick ★ Avatar

            Adds to the sleeper factor.

  20. Scandinavian Flick ★ Avatar

    Excuse me while I call bullshit on your completely unsupported, oddly non-precise hp number. I have no doubt it's powerful, but I'm going to need more to go on than that before dropping a quarter mil on your Lambo, bro.
    <img src="; width="500">
    <a href="” target=”_blank”>

    1. muthalovin Avatar

      OH MAN! Since we are posting supercars…
      <img src=""&gt;
      2001 acura nsx rare super charged comtec car mint 2 owner sell trade – $59000
      "2001 Acura NSX, factory comptech super charged 450 HP"….
      … What 'Flick said.

      1. Scandinavian Flick ★ Avatar

        I like how the first two pics aren't even of the NSX, (the 3rd one barely) but rather just a "look at all our awesome shit!"
        A bit pricey, but if true, that is a damn nice car… Nonetheless, I want some proof.

        1. muthalovin Avatar

          About a month ago there was a red supercharged NSX in Louisiana for about half this, if I remember correctly. I should have sold my kidneys then. You can live without them, right?

  21. $kaycog Avatar

    1964 SS Chevelle, 750hp, built for additional 400hp nitrous system, not plumbed.
    <img src=""width="500"/&gt;

    1. topdeadcentre Avatar

      Why is it they're always built, but never plumbed…

      1. $kaycog Avatar

        I wondered the same.

    1. cruisintime Avatar

      Dafuq izzat ?

      1. Sjalabais Avatar

        A molested Amazon. According to the seller:
        "Easily fixed car, only a little outside rust, no welding necessary, has been parked for a long time".
        All capital letters and no commas, obviously, but you can't translate stupid.

        1. mac350 Avatar

          I've never seen a chopped Amazon before. I knew they reminded me of 49-50 Fords. If I kinda squint it actually looks pretty good.

  22. engineerd Avatar

    You only get the dyno numbers and times if you're serious. And have $32000 for a 1986 Mustang!
    <img src=""&gt;
    If you have to ask…

    1. cruisintime Avatar

      Least he got rid of those two pound door panels.
      A real weight saver.

  23. Maxichamp Avatar

    Interesting sidenote. Anthony Bourdain went to Vassar. And I had my wife ask him at a book signing what his favorite car of all time was. It was a Checker Marathon.

  24. Peter Tanshanomi Avatar

    2009 Built Raptor–Sale or Trade -PRICE REDUCED!!! – $3800
    <img src="; width="450">
    Let's just say I was a tad bit skeptical when the Jopin, MO CL ad claimed it dyno'd at 84 HP. But two days later when he wrote the ad for Fayetteville, AR, it suddenly went up six HP to 90!

    1. Devin Avatar

      The horses are breeding.

    2. dukeisduke Avatar

      Altitude changes? 🙂

    3. FЯeeMan Avatar

      When I got the email notification, I saw "raptor" and thought "Ford". then I saw 84hp, and I thought "typo". Then I saw $3800 and I thought, "7 burnt cylinders, no wonder it's only making 84HP, and he only wants a song for it"
      The picture puts it all together but it's much more disappointing than what I envisioned.

    4. Ol' Shel' Avatar

      And rear tires from a 1985 ATC250R. Those should be with a collector.

  25. muthalovin Avatar

    No. Words.
    <img src=""&gt;
    1997 Acura NSX 3.2L 6 speed twin turbo targa – $49500
    "480HP! ON C16 RACE GAS! YES WITH DYNO CHART.. Have one of the FASTEST NSX in the USA.
    Currently detuned and running at 380HP on 91 octane."

  26. ptschett Avatar

    Claims a 350 HP rating & 370-390 potential. Actual rating was 325 as far as I can tell.
    <img src="; width=500/>

    1. cruisintime Avatar

      The revenge of the Nitrous floormats!

  27. P161911 Avatar

    Maybe a QUAD turbo 6.4L F-250 with 1,284 RWHP and over 2,000 ft. lbs. of torque?
    <img src=""width=500&gt;
    I guess this is a diesel? <a href="” target=”_blank”>

    1. muthalovin Avatar

      The crazy trucks that I found like this all have the dorky exhaust out the bed going on. Dislike!

      1. topdeadcentre Avatar

        Blame the original Li'l Red Express trucks…

      2. Vairship Avatar

        All the better to burn your cargo!

  28. mac350 Avatar

    2000 Camaro making 331 RWHP for $7,500
    <img src="; width="600">….
    1986 Monte Carlo 577hp $6,000 OBO
    <img src="; width="600">….
    1994 Mustang Cobra – 600HP for $12,500, or a little over $20 per horse. If its real then maybe its not so bad.
    <img src="; width="600">….

    1. Devin Avatar

      Imagine how much power it'll have if he puts an engine in it!
      (I hope this wins.)

      1. mdharrell Avatar

        I'm prepared to believe the sentence "You wont [sic] find a beautiful Genuine 300ZX."

        1. sporty88au Avatar

          I quite like this part:
          "Engine needs rod bearings. this z has been taken care of so much."

    2. fodder650 Avatar

      Wait so you took the engine to get it to make 750 and dynoed it at 500? Sounds like you failed son.
      <img src="; width=500 />

  29. Iresqu1 Avatar
    2010 camaro 11500 miles, intake,headers, exhaust, camshaft upgrade,transmission upgrades, 373 gears, procharger. can not build for this price. 1036 hp dyno tuned. Making sacrifice. Please call 314-974-9969. Leave a message. Serious inquiries only.
    Pushing it at $73 per hp!
    Location: St Clair, Mo

  30. chrystlubitshi Avatar

    I thought i'd have a few contestants this week… but most of the sellers around Indianapolis are not making statements about HP….
    "car dynoed 580 rwhp on 24 pounds,alot more in it" hmmmmmmm subject to disbelief.
    <img src="; width="600">
    so we'll go with this T-type, for now. I might have more to add later

  31. ptschett Avatar

    I'm sharing this just for the photography. "Runs and drives and has power", but the license decals are either 4 or 8 years old.
    <img src="; width="500">

    1. fodder650 Avatar

      Shouldn't the picture be the other direction so that it looks like it's speeding down a hill?

      1. Vairship Avatar

        He's just showing off the awesome holding power of the parking brake.

  32. Dwayne Avatar

    Wonderful post however I was wondering if you could write a litte more on this subject?
    I’d be very grateful if you could elaborate a little bit more.
    Thank you!

  33. Mark Jonson Avatar

    Good services and such a nice design,
    i really appreciate it.

  34. James Morgan Avatar

    awesome car, i like it.
    it is so wonderful ………!!!

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