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. 
I’m not sure what went down last week, but it appears that everything from our contest after the jump disappeared into the cornfield. That’s too bad because there was some really pithy feedback and of course the previous week’s winner. Hopefully this week we’ll be able to see the coolest diesel mini truck deal and get thing back to the normals.
This week we’re going to let it ride – not with the diesels but with the theme of mini. I don’t know about you but for me at least, spring is in the air, and that means getting out and shaking off the morass of winter’s long confinement. Maybe I’m a bear? Regardless, let’s prep for that eventual wanderlust and look this week to find the best and worst of mini-motorhomes for sale. Cab-overs, Mini-Winnies, what have you. And like last week, price is no object.
As always, 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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  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.

Got that? Good, now fingers crossed, lets look at last week’s winner.

The diesel mini pickup is a category of vehicle that is just not well represented in the new car market here in the States any more.  That wasn’t always the case, and in Europe it seems to be the rule not the exception. Because of that, I’d like to give special acknowledgement to Sjalabias for contributing a smörgåsbord of weird and wonderful smokers from the Continent.
The winner however is this 1982 Datsun Diesel pickup, because honestly when was the last time you say one of these, and because Datsun diesel is just so darn much fun to say. This beauty was found by both Mike R. and my good buddy Tomsk, so you both share in the glory. Congrats to you both, and thank you to all for your contributions!
1982 Datsun King Cab 5 speed diesel

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56 responses to “Craigslist Crapshoot”

  1. Kiefmo Avatar

    I want this little Toyota-based RV so very badly…

  2. Kiefmo Avatar

    At the opposite end of the spectrum, you can have this for only $90k!

    1. Schm Avatar

      The Toyota reminds me of the subject of an infamous letter by some pompous neighbors. I think they passed some recent ordinances about parking RVs outside in some of the Kansas ‘burbs.

      1. Kiefmo Avatar

        PV — why am I not surprised?
        I don’t live there, but sadly, Roeland Park has a similar ordinance, which is the primary reason we don’t have an RV. We want a fixer-upper that we’d keep in the driveway and work on during weekends, but RP ordinance says we can only do that for 30 days at a time unless we can park it in our back yard. Which we cannot. Lame.

    1. GTXcellent Avatar

      Why post no pic? Me confused!
      UPDATE: Now there is a pic. wtf?

    2. Kiefmo Avatar

      I, too, was amazed at the price of these van-based RVs! Where’s all the money going?

  3. PotbellyJoe★★★★★ Avatar
    On the eBays, bidding, but I will be watching this one.
    1977 Dodge 17′ RV Motorhome Survivor
    ’77 Dodge Jamboree Survivor
    1977 Dodge / Jamboree. Class C / 17 Ft, 68,951 original miles on a 318 engine. Not much to fill and easy on gas.
    This is the best designed small couch I have ever owned. The 6′ 5” headroom throughout, huge windows around the rear dinette, full size shower/toilet, walk through cab, and all in a 17′ long chassis.
    All of the service records and maintenance performed since new along with travel notes on trips to Alaska and back! All service is up to date, ac & Heater work great, and the add-on cruise control is a huge bonus on long trips.
    The entire coach has been steam cleaned and given a fresh coat of paint, the entire roof freshly sealed. There are no leaks or untreated rust.
    The fridge, heater, plumbing and electric is all in great shape. There is no generator, but you could easily put one of the small generator/inverters in the back box.
    There are spare parts for everything that could happen to you on the road, and it is completely set up with everything you need to cook and sleep. I would get in this coach and head to Mexico right now without any hesitation. The original 318 engine is easy to service and get parts for anywhere, The one ton rear end will take any load with ease. Big disc brakes keep you safe and the power steering is precise and very easy.
    You are sure to get years of value from this RV and excellent resale value. There just are not many small rv’s with this much space.
    BB hole in the front window and bunk window (not in your field of view when driving). Tires have good tread but are out of date.
    Good luck bidding, Sorry no trades, I am not a dealer. Please do not bid unless you have funds in hand.

    I’m a fan.

    1. dukeisduke Avatar

      I’ve always wanted a Fun Hog! Sign me up!

    2. neight428 Avatar

      That has to win on name alone, right?

      1. dead_elvis Avatar

        I’m incredibly disappointed that there’s no “Fun Hog” logo on that RV. Needs something a bit more wacky than this, though.

        1. Kiefmo Avatar

          A prancing hog, perhaps?

  4. Tomsk Avatar

    I’ve always had a thing for the Winnebago Rialta, which was built off the VW T4/Eurovan chassis. This ’95 is only $11,500, but with an Audi I-5 under the hood, you can’t be in a massive hurry to reach your destination.

    1. marmer Avatar

      The shop where I take my Audi just had one of those in for a timing belt. They were complaining about how much room it was taking up. Still looked pretty good, though.

    1. The Rusty Hub Avatar
      The Rusty Hub

      Courtesy embed of the photo for myself.

    2. PotbellyJoe★★★★★ Avatar

      There’s one of these in my town. Street parked. Looks tremendously haggard.

  5. Please Stand By Avatar
    Please Stand By

    $2,400 gets you a gutted interior and an oil leak. Why do I really like this?

    1. Kiefmo Avatar

      It’s a blank canvas! You can make the interior whatever you want.
      And an oil leak is hopefully no big deal. It’s old, it’s going to leak oil, and the source is probably not hard to trace and repair.

  6. mdharrell Avatar
    This is supposedly a box truck that was converted into a motorhome that was converted into a pickup with a canopy. It can be anything, including yours, for $1999.

    1. neight428 Avatar

      “…this could be the project of a lifetime.”
      You’ll be dead before it becomes something desirable, that seems a safe bet.

    1. Kiefmo Avatar

      Great Scott!
      I feel like this would go for at least double the price stateside. Are they ten cents for twelve up north, or just no demand?

      1. quattrovalvole Avatar

        Can’t comment on the popularity or demand for these things, but the ad doesn’t tell you anything about the condition. If this is too cheap to be true, my guess would be rust or drivetrain issue

      2. Citric Avatar

        There’s a very similar one in Sask for $12k, which I initially thought this was when I saw the Kijiji link.$_20.JPG

        1. quattrovalvole Avatar

          Doppelganger! The extra 4k buys you… a set of wheel covers?

  7. SlowJoeCrow Avatar

    How about a Chevy Blazer Chalet? I couldn’t find a fresh ad but it was too cool to pass up

    different vehicle since I couldn’t get a good image link

    1. Guest Avatar

      Courtesy Embed

      1. SlowJoeCrow Avatar

        Thanks, I still don’t fully grok the disqus image embedding.

    1. dead_elvis Avatar

      That’s a beauty.

      1. neight428 Avatar

        Oddly compelling indeed

        1. dead_elvis Avatar

          I like mustard.

  8. AnamDuine Avatar

    The Renault-powered Winnebago, the little Toyota, the Westie, and the Sprinter have already been brought to the jamboree. Guess I’ll bring the Transvan, only $625.

    1. dead_elvis Avatar

      “weekend worrier”

      1. AnamDuine Avatar

        I missed that little nugget, “weekend worrier”. The Transvans remind me of municipal transit, but this one probably smells worse.

  9. Volvo_Nut Avatar

    Hmmm, this may have to happen.
    Well, maybe not for 22k.

  10. longrooffan Avatar

    It’s a Travco
    or a GMC

    1. longrooffan Avatar

      still figuring this out..

      1. longrooffan Avatar


        1. mdharrell Avatar

          The trick under the new system is to find the URL for the image itself (usually by selecting “View Image” or some such, depending on your choice of browser) and paste it into the comment box without any or [img] tags, just the unadorned URL. For example, for that 1980 GMC ad, there’s an associated URL which starts “http://images.craigslist…” and ends “…3dLPNMfeg3z_600x450.jpg” which shows this (if I manage to do this right myself):

          1. Chaz Avatar

            Is that the van from the movie Stripes?

          2. Vairship Avatar

            Yes, although this one is not guaranteed to have missiles or bulletproof shielding.

        2. dukeisduke Avatar

          Don’t worry, you’ll figure it out brother. I did.

          1. dukeisduke Avatar

            You just paste in the URL, and wait for the thumbnail to show up on the left. The hit Post.
            Hey, this looks familiar!

      2. smalleyxb122 Avatar

        At $5k for what looks like a decent GMC motorhome, the thought of making a replica EM-50 as a LeMons tow rig fills me with all sorts of joy. If it were closer to me, it would be mine. (The thought of buying a GMC motorhome from Texas sight unseen and shipping it to Michigan fills me with feelings that are the opposite of joy.)

  11. Fuhrman16 Avatar
  12. jim Avatar

    You guys have a weird definition of “mini”.

  13. BЯдΖǐL-ЯЄРΘЯΤЄЯ Avatar

    If “mini” stands for short, yes than this is a short bus. It has 6×6 traction to get to the most remote places to camp.×6-_JM×6-14013-MLB2701465397_052012-O.jpg

    1. Vairship Avatar

      Awesome! That looks like a great way to scare everyone at the RV park on the outside, yet the interior is light and airy.