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. 
Last week’s search target was the last of any series that was rear-wheel drive that later went FWD. Yes, that’s a particularly convoluted and specific request, but then, I’m high maintenance. We’ll see what you all were able to maintain in a sec, but first this week’s  convoluted and specific challenge.
I think it’s time we all visit a bordello together. Come on, it’ll be fun. No, we’re not actually going to jump on a bus and head over to Madam Mattress Flipper’s, we’re going to gain the experience vicariously (which means without having to touch anything nasty). What we want this week are the cars with the most outrageously bordello-like interiors you can find. The redder and velour-ier the better.
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.

Got that? Good, Now, let’s see which cars we can really get behind.

As many of you might know, I own a 1998 Volvo V90 wagon. This is the last year for the 900 series and the last year for any RWD Volvo to date. There are certain advantages to RWD: amazing turning circle, more entertaining handling, the ability to fit a straight six under the hood and not have it look weird.
Of course there are benefits to FWD too, packaging and traction being utmost among those. That’s why so many car makers have made the switch over the years to FWD for most of their models.
Screw that however, we want our RWD-ers and last week you found some excellent last of the Mohicans for us to drool over and lament an era’s passing. One that looked pretty great was this 1987 Buick Regal coupe rocking T-tops and a Turbo 6 found by Kiefmo. Keeping the what-up GM?  theme going, 1977ChevyTruck located this rocker Nova that shows that Chevy had some cred in the ’70s.
The most lamentable once RWD/now FWD? Well, for my money (which is pretty limited, did I mention I own and old Volvo?) I think this sweet ’82 Mazda 626 found by PotBellyJoe★★★★★ is the one that really speaks for an era: that time when Japanese car makers were still a little too scared to go FWD in the U.S. as it was so foreign a concept. The best rear-driver out there? Hell no. One that’s all kinds of interesting? You bet.
Congrats to PBJStarfish and thanks to you all for playing!
For Sale/For Trade 1982 Mazda 626


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32 responses to “Craigslist Crapshoot”

  1. Kiefmo Avatar

    I ran across a lot of 80s and early 90s contenders, but nothing compared to this low-mile burgundy ’92 Caddy DeVille’s matching blood red leather.

  2. GTXcellent Avatar

    This Grand Marquis appears to be full of hantavirus and syphilis – just like I’m guessing most bordellos are.

    1. dukeisduke Avatar

      That’s the car I immediately thought of (a Fleetwood Talisman), but I didn’t think there were any actually for sale (but I was only thinking of Craigslist). This one has only 62,000 miles, so it would still be very nice.

  3. 0A5599 Avatar

    Since my daily driver already has a red velour interior, I decided to look for something else. This is certainly something else.

  4. Sjalabais Avatar

    Ok, I’ve got nothing. Figured that the Russian market should be the no brainer here, but the best I can do is show you a car that appears to be named after what would be a well-sounding STD: A 2009 Vortex Estina. 64000km for as little as 330$.
    Apart from that, I consider this 2013 intro to the Changan Raeton (no, not Phaeton) somewhat share-worthy – it’s a Camry-based Chinese top model. A good place to let a bunch of VISA cards flow freely in handrests, if the film is to be believed.

    1. CraigSu Avatar

      A Camry-based Chinese model that looks like a Honda Accord. Looks like Changan covered all their beige bases with this one.

      1. Sjalabais Avatar

        Spot on!

      2. Vairship Avatar

        If you don’t like that one, you can also choose a Toyota RAV 4 with a Range Rover grille and Ford dashboard center stack:

    2. gerberbaby Avatar

      also interesting that instead of designing their own emblem, they just took the acura one and flipped it over.

  5. Sean McMillan Avatar
    Sean McMillan

    It’s not red, or Bill Blass, but it is in a damn Lincoln-chero

  6. mdharrell Avatar

    This one doesn’t even have much by way of an interior (although some of what’s still present is indeed red), but I figure that tubbed Goliath 1100 wagons come up so infrequently that it’s worth mentioning:

  7. Cool_Cadillac_Cat Avatar

    This one was mine for a few years.
    My wife called the interior “whorehouse red”, but I immediately corrected her and said, “no, Sweetie, bordello burgundy“.
    She never was a fan of that car, an ’85 Fleetwood Bro d’Elegance with the rompin’, stompin’ HT4100 trying to haul its massive self about.
    I kinda miss that car…kinda. It managed 18-19 MPGs, even with the accelerator on the floor most of the time.

  8. Kirk Narmore Avatar
    Kirk Narmore

    I like kicking it old school.

  9. Cool_Cadillac_Cat Avatar

    I have a problem, because I really want this…a 1978 Chrysler New Yorker (effectively an Imperial at this point).
    Forget losing change in those button tufts…there could be small children in there…

  10. Mr. Ollivander Avatar
    Mr. Ollivander

    A 1976 Olds 98 Regency is my memory of the most outrageous interiors. As a youth, a team mate on a summer league basketball team had one of these which was often used as one of the game rides. Besides the over the top red velour interior, the beast was super long and heavy.
    This one is on Ebay