Craigslist Crapshoot

The World’s Worst Car Is For Sale On Craigslist

It’s Wednesday and that means it’s time to take a look through the classifieds and see what awful cars and trucks are being offered for sale. That’s right, it’s time for Craigslist Crapshoot. Remember, while we’re looking for the worst crap there is, they at least need to be running and licensable to be considered.  

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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 speaking of open, follow me through the jump to see last week’s open-top Craigslist Crapshoot winner.
The winner from last week’s submissions – for obvious reasons – is smokyburnout who provided a trio of temptations, the most craptacular of which was this ***TURBO MONTE CARLO *** pair.  Owing to the swiss cheese hood on one, rod knock on the other, and junkyard residence for both contrasting with a four-grand asking price, these are the poster children of this week’s Craigslist Crapshoot. Well done, SmokyBO!


  1. Congrads to Smokyburnout for finding a fun little PCH of a car they made a million of.
    Also can I, once again, recommend we have themes for these? It makes it more fun to do some digging that way.

    1. How hard could it be? Take two parts off, decide which one is better, and bolt it to the pile. Eventually, your pile becomes a car that's maybe worth 1500$, and you get -2500$ for your time and effort.
      Congratulations to pretty much everyone else, too. Last week's results were horbulous.

      1. Oh man the seller was NOT offering $4K to take them then 🙁 Congrats SBO! I'd get you that PV I offered last week, but it sold!

    2. Next week we will be having a theme. I'm not giving anything away, but I think everyone will like it.

        1. I grew up in Florida, and mostly all my dad drank was LaBatt Blue. And he's never even been to Canada.

          1. It is good stuff- I'd drink it over any of the standard American swill any day. I just always found it amusing how a definitively Canadian beer that's not well known in the US came to be the favorite of a guy in Florida.

          2. Here in Detroit Labatt blue is considered a domestic beer, at least price wise, its on tap at every bar, didn't realize it wasn't well known in other places.

    3. I always thought I was missing out by getting my posts up after there's already 100+ comments, but I guess not! I'd like to thank the academy…

      1. "i have a 61 hillman husky panel wagon has a chevette 4 cyc motor auto trans, new hoses lines brake mastercyc ect… this is a very cool car has a stero heater brand new 2,000 dollar interior runs great except needs right brake work but nothing major."
        Wait- which thread are we on now??

      1. Exactly – I'd like to make this my wife's new delivery vehicle for her floral business. Her company's name is Flower Power.

          1. I'm with you but the boss says it's too small to handle weddings. Sadly, she has a point. The search for a clean A100 or Econoline with an automatic continues. I'd like to do a latter-day Scooby wagon but instead of "Mystery Machine" it would say "Flower Power".

    1. I was looking at this one last week as well. If he didn't want so much for it I'd seriously consider that thing. I love sedan deliveries, and it's the right size. I have visions of a nicely built SR20DET occupying the engine bay dancing in my head 🙂
      Think I'd even keep all the hippy stuff, just for flavor.

  2. I have this car. It's a great looking car. I haven't the foggiest what it's called.
    But I replaced the tracy headers. Whatever those are. And the engine headers. Which is important if you want a car to run good.
    I might not know what the car is called, but I know my name. My name is Dillon.
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    1. …will also trade for camera stretcher. Notice how camera can't fit car in shot, I need tool.
      My name is still Dillon.

    2. That is hilarious and I'm glad to see yet another KC resident here. The next time some a-hole in an Alfa Spider, Legacy GT wagon or filthy black Ram 4×4 cuts you off on I-35, you'll have to call me out.

      1. I will definitely be the one getting cut off, as my ancient Rabbit Convertible's top speed is "mosey."
        The Odyssey, however… bat out of hell. Look for a silver one with a Fleur-de-Lis sticker in the rear window.

    1. The wheels look out of place on an otherwise stock body, but I'm digging those seats. How freaking cool.

      1. Translation:
        "I tried serious wheeling in this thing and rolled it. There is no record of it being rolled, so it has not been rolled.

  3. Everything I'm finding today is either being disqualified for being genuinely cool – like an unrestored Packard – or not even being remotely drivable – like the Fury that might have a tranny in the trunk. I'll post these later if someone wants me to.
    So here's a rare classic 1982 LeBaron.
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    "It is rare to find a classic car in such excellent condition," the ad says.

    1. The really sobering thing is that it IS a classic car at this point. It's over 30 years old! That's like me buying an early 60s car when I was just starting to drive – they would have been legit classics at that point. Wow I feel old now.
      That thing is clean. You don't see many K-cars in any condition around any more.

    1. Being that it's in Canada, you probably could celebrate Grad 2011 for the first time.
      You know, since Canada's a bit behind the times and all…

      1. Well, at least we're graduating.

      1. From the pictures of the interior it looks like the side ones are blacked out, and the back one could probably be covered with the pink sheet in the second row.

      1. I have the matching white tiger 3M car wrap and will send it to you gratis if you buy the van.

    1. I defy you to find a straight body panel on this car…
      It looks like another case of someone confusing "project" car with "parts" car.

    2. Up north on my family's property, there was this old rusted out pickup truck from the 50's, no bed, doors, or glass , just a cab and frame.
      …it would have been fun to put 22" tires and wheels on it, then put it up on Craigslist for $2K, but we had it towed away for scrap.

    1. …and some people still wonder why the generation born around that time isn't able to leave the sea of irony today. What were they thinking?

      1. Looks like it was after one of our recent snows had mostly melted. You can see a bit in the yard across the street, an in another photo where it's covering the hood of the car.
        When a car isn't driven, the snow that blows underneath takes a lot longer to melt, and, at least in my experience, it takes longer under the engine — no idea why.

    1. Actually, apart from the flames I like it a lot, then again I've always had a sentimental thing for the Lark. Considering the shape that the body is in, I would say it has some decent value in it.

    2. Finally, someone captured the actual look of flames at 80 mph. The thing looks fast just sitting there.

  4. Look what hasn't sold, now with a $700 price drop:
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    hey, im selling my 94 gt vr-4 AWD "twin turbo" 6spd. the engine makes a noise. i got it checked by a mechanic and he said its rod bearing noise, its gonna need a lower block rebuild. the car still starts, runs, and is drive able.

    Still with 147,000 miles. Pre-blowiuppinessed Mitsubishi! Now for only $2300. Imagine that. (Is it wrong that I think I might be ever-so-slightly tempted by this given a proper garage? $2300 is far enough below book that one might not take too much of a drubbing getting it working and reselling it…)

      1. Part of me thinks that's giving up. Part of me thinks, that's probably the best thing to do.
        EDIT: But I really don't have the work space to tackle that, yet. So still no deal.

    1. Hmmm… missing front end trim, ill fitting hood, hoodpins and a rock as a parking brake.
      What could go wrong?

      1. Not even good looking ones…
        I suppose they match the hood, but that's not a good thing in this case.

  5. I think this picture sums this one up nicely:
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    No word on if that price includes the wheels and tires missing from this pic:
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    1. This car would get you so much tail on St. Pat's day in Savannah or Boston…
      But I can't be sure it's tail you'd actually want.

      1. Nah, Vanilla Ice's real name is Robert Van Winkle. What? I had a Vanilla Ice joke I almost made (probably was for the crapshoot last week), and I looked him up on the wikipedias.

    1. Someone built this beast to be an all-terrain hoonmobile. A line lock? Ratchet shifter?
      Could be hellaciously fun once sorted.

    1. There must be a lot of us around here. I don't like to shop outside of my area, lest I steal someone else's thunder.
      Unless you're also in the KC area, then it's game on!

    1. There are a few of these around the world. Apparently, the chassis is Ford while Marmon-Herrington did a lot of conversions to 4WD. The engine in the bed would have been an International Harvester and powered the snow blower up front. One sold in Oregon for about this price. Here is a photo of a similar machine in the UK owned by Matt Rimer:
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      Given the proximity to Snoqualmie Pass, the unit in the Craigslist ad probably did avalanche road clearing duty.

  6. Presenting the Tasteless Truck Trilogy:
    $8,900 gets you a ’57 Chevy theme! Sure to be the only one at cars and coffee.
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    “…looks like it just rolled in from California!” Only $17,900!
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      1. I was shocked to see this particular dealer selling this… thing. They were until recently a Lamborghini dealer, and still have an interesting assortment of used rides. I'm not sure how this snuck in.

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    1. When I look for local crapshoots, finds like this collection get…eh…flamed. How can one possibly beat that crap?

      1. As the owner of a 3 digit price XJS, this one at 5.5 times the price intrigues me. If the body truly is rust free, the fact that I’m only 3-4 hours from Pittsburg is a frightening proposition. It’s terrible how much effort it takes to convince myself that I don’t need another XJS, especially since I don’t know what role it would fill in my stable. At 13mpg on a good day, (and having 30 year old British wiring) it’s not really conducive to daily driver duty. I don’t need another project car. It’s not a viable replacement for my truck. The only practical use is as an occasional weekend cruiser, but with the inevitable repairs that it would require to maintain that role, I’d be spending too much time away from other projects.
        There was a much cheaper engineless XJS less than 20 miles from me on craigslist for a while. Let’s see if it’s still there…. Nope, but there is an XJS convertible in Detroit for $3800 that looks beautiful.
        Dangerous game, this Craigslist Crapshoot.

  8. 150cc CRASHED IT – $75 (grandview MO)
    "I was cruising this and had to lay it down, bent the front wheel. it wasnt running great, but was really fast when it was. it has no exhaust either, the pipe fell off and i just went with it. "
    The front wheel looks fine. The forks and possibly the frame on the other hand…
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  9. I enjoy these postings and the Hooniverse. However,as easy as it be to poke fun,these folks all had one thing they dug that old car.
    Even the lead pic of the Pontiac-truck-mobile was some guys vision. We express ourselves through our vehicles.

      1. I love this part that is actually from the ad
        PS- Write "Street's closed, pizza boy" in the subject line of your email, so I know you're not a Nigerian prince trying to reclaim his wealth.

    1. He wants 2500 OBRO.
      O BRO…..
      Ohhhhh bro!
      Did he fire one off as he finished writing this ad?

    2. Must be the same model camera used to take pictures of Bigfoot and the Loch Ness Monster… and UFOs.

      1. Not one to toot my own horn, but this is the winner this week. If you haven't checked out the 'custome' interior, by all means, check out the link…
        …all the 3M Super 88 spray glue in the world couldn't fix that.

    1. See, now. A Honda Accord wagon, you had to ruin? They're not rare enough as it is? You couldn't just crap all over a dime-a-dozen sedan? Guess not.
      This just wrecked my day.

  10. Improbable that this weekly collection will stay out of the next "state of the nation"-speech. I am so stunned, my mouth is dry.

  11. Not resting on my laurels this week, because I already found what I was going to post yesterday. Not one but TWO rotary-swapped Suzuki Samurais in my state!
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    Oh… the ad for the turbo one is gone. That's dumb.
    *searches CL for "dumb"*
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    "after a long life committment to make the dumb and dumber car i have . the motor is great and but it no longer runs dont know why . the car is a 1999 ford explorer fully decked out . take this car out of my drive way my wife wants it gone."

    1. (from the ad title): "must goo".
      That is a red flag to stay away. Furry cars and goo don't mix well.

  12. Lately i've been contemplating my own Craigslist Crapshoot. I've stumbled across two low price (C. $2000) e34 535i's with manual transmissions, and i know of an e34 wagon with auto and a blown engine (so dirt cheap at $850). How hard could it be, right? All the running gear from the sedan should bolt into the wagon in a fairly straight forward manner with a fair number of interior and body parts for extras.
    And then for $3000 plus an infinite number of bloody knuckles, profanities, or a few grand more out of pocket i could be the proud owner of an e34 535i wagon. But it seems like a lot of effort for what would be the winter car and Menard's/garden center runner in the summer.
    Maybe that guy in town still hasn't parted with the '91 Quattro wagon sporting the I5 with turbo ….

    1. With little more than paint and some slightly smaller tires to be road-legal (and perhaps, remotely safe), this could be the ultimate all-weather party bus, no matter where your party is or what time of year!

      1. Strap a ramp to the back and park this working but ugly Volvo 242 rallye cross car (1980-model, 2700$) on the roof and it is the perfect dystopian survival package. There is no proper use for either of these cars, but the weird part of my brain made a connection based on…coolness. Or holes.
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        The Dodge bus ad writer's skills are amazing: "This bus is one of a kind, there is no other one of its kind!" – you say what?

      2. Paint? I rather like the rusty look – just make sure that your tetanus shot is up to date.
        "Where are we going?"
        "Anywhere we f'n want!"

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