Welcome to Craigslist Crapshoot, our weekly search for the most bizarre, awesome, and/or terrible vehicles that the online classifieds has to offer. I always liked how the three stooges on Top Gear would refer to Nissan’s brand-defining sports car as the ‘Zed.’ I found it particularly amusing after watching Pulp Fiction and hearing Bruce Willis’ character announce that “Zed’s dead, baby.’ The Nissan (or Datsun) Zed isn’t dead, and last week you all went looking for the best Z-cars the used car market has to offer. We’ll see which is the best Zed is a sec, but first this week’s contest. They say two wrongs don’t make a right, and that’s why this week we’re looking for only one wrong—the wrong engine. That’s right, what we want are great cars for sale, that are spoiled by having the wrong engine under the hood. 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.
When the 240Z hit the market in late 1969 it was as though a bomb was dropped on the traditional sports car sector. It possessed the great looks and six-cylinder sound of Jaguar’s XKE with the price positioning and size of the MGB, and was a thoroughly modern Millie of a car to boot. As the proud owner of an S30 240Z I must say it freaks me out a little to see the collection from which this week’s winner is being culled. This white over copious quantities of mold ’72 was found by mdharrel and is featured in a somewhat misleading ad that includes pictures of some of the seller’s 50 other Zs. That’s ostensibly to demonstrate what the non-runner could eventually turn into, I guess. Congrats to mdharrel, and thank you all for participating. Now, let’s go looking for love in all the wrong places.