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. 
Anonymity is a precious commodity in today’s interconnected, warrantless wiretapping, kiss-cam world, but that doesn’t mean it’s unobtainable. Just last week in fact we went looking for cars that would let us blend in—the most anonymous rides the classifieds had to offer. We’ll disappear into the faceless crowd in just a sec, but first, this week’s ultra-patriotic Independence Day-themed quest.
We’re closing in on the long July 4th holiday and that means barbecues, parades and red, white, and blue bikinis. It also means a little celebration for a place I like to call home, the United States of America! Let’s give it up for Uncle Sam, freedom, and two-dollar a gallon gas. While we’re at it, let’s find something to burn that cheap fuel in, and in fact let’s see if we can’t find some examples of what in your opinion is the most american car or truck there is for sale.
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 get anonymous.

Wow, who would have expected that anonymous cars would be so…, well anonymous? Everybody, you say? Okay, I’ll give you that. Still, it’s remarkable to see all the older Accords, Sonatas, and their ilk, especially in silver, looking so similar. Y’all did good.
It seems however that while we were looking for cars that wouldn’t stand out Batshitbox found a car that was so anonymous that he had never even heard of it before. Yes, the Suzuki Kizashi did suffer from UCS (Ubiquitous Car Syndrome) but they sold so few of them before packing up and going home that the little sedan is not just anonymous but somewhat elusive.
Thanks to you all for playing this week. Now, ‘Merica’s calling.

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35 responses to “Craigslist Crapshoot”

    1. kogashiwa Avatar

      Or if it doesn’t exactly have to be quite fully a car?
      2006 Campagna T-REX:
      (amazing how pricey these are)

    2. kogashiwa Avatar

      Or along the same lines this nice ’67 Acadian drag car:
      (the speed limit sign obligated me to use this pic)

    3. mdharrell Avatar

      If anyone’s looking for a LeMons car (race, rally, and concours), that $600 Manic GT is ideal.$_27.JPG

      1. oldcarjunkie Avatar

        Do have a link for that? If its somewhat close (doubtful) I’d buy that.
        edit – never mind I found it and its far away.

      2. Guest Avatar

        Since I really like these, I would hope it would end up at the Concours, but if one were so inclined, there are virtually limitless themes one could create for a Renault-based French-Canadian sports car converted to VW power.

        Also, I can’t see the judges being too stringent on budget with this, as I’m sure they also want to see all the virtually limitless themes one could create for a Renault-based French-Canadian sports car converted to VW power…

    4. Vairship Avatar

      Clearly that Manic GT should be your College Car!

  1. 0A5599 Avatar

    Because Americar.
    1941 Willys Americar
    condition: new
    fuel: gas
    odometer: 500
    title status: clean
    transmission: automatic
    Just finished a 2 1/2 year build.
    500 miles: All new parts
    – Clear title: 1941 Willys
    – 355 cu. in./671 Blower pro built by Millet Racing
    – 550/600 HP
    – TH400 pro built
    – 10″ converter: 3500 stall
    – IFS
    – 9″ back half with 389 gears
    – Half cage
    – NOS: Purge only – Through nose of hood
    – All braided lines
    – Wheelie bars
    – Custom built aluminum radiator
    – Car runs at 170 degrees
    – Parachute
    – Paint: Basecoat/Clearcoat with silver pearl
    – Zoomies are on electric cut outs
    – Too many mods to list
    – Have all receipts and pictures of complete build from ground up.

  2. mdharrell Avatar

    A British powertrain liberated from a Jaguar and transplanted into a Canadian McLaughlin-Buick, now for sale in the state named after George Washington. ‘Merica!

    1. Guest Avatar

      I bought a homemade garden tractor at an auction, and the front-end of said tractor actually consisted of the front end off a McLaughlin-Buick, including two wood spoke wheels, the steering box and modified linkage, and what remains of the steering wheel.

      Pretty neat little thing, actually.

  3. Lokki Avatar

    1977 Cadillac El Dorado Barritz in gold with gold leather….Need I say more?

  4. Spridget Avatar

    Nothing says ‘Murica like an overpowered Trans Am painted in the flag livery with a questionable Craigslist ad:

    1. mdharrell Avatar

      According to the ad (and supported by its several photos), the engine has fake valve covers to make it look sort of like a hemi, the lower supercharger is a hollow shell, the nitrous system is an inoperable unit just for show, and, most astonishingly, the door bars AND THE LOWER PARTS OF THE FRONT DOWN BARS have been cut away in order to provide a more comfortable entry and exit, thereby converting the “cage” into an unsupported hazard for the driver and passenger. Nothing says ‘Murica like this indeed!

      1. Spridget Avatar

        At first, I thought the cage/bar/fake was made out of actual PVC pipes. I’m not sure if the truth is better or worse.

        1. mdharrell Avatar

          False dichotomy. In this case the truth is both better and worse.

          1. Vairship Avatar

            Schroedinger’s Craigslist: The driver is both dead and alive?

      2. mrh1965 Avatar

        I’m surprised it has seat belts. And where do I put my beer?!

        1. mdharrell Avatar

          Good point. They missed a trick. Even that McLaughlin-Buick now has cupholders:

    2. Citric Avatar

      I actually think I once had a Hot Wheels that looked exactly like this, strangely enough.

  5. Alff Avatar

    Kizashi (Kizashis?) are anonymous. In fact, I can’t remember anyone I know ever buying one.

    1. Tanshanomi Avatar

      Me neither.

      1. mdharrell Avatar

        No, no, there was that one guy, you know, what’s-his-name. Didn’t he buy one?

        1. Wayne Moyer Avatar
          Wayne Moyer

          No he didn’t. You are thinking of the Kia Optima that Bob got.

          1. mdharrell Avatar

            I’m not sure that’s it. Thinking of a Kia Optima doesn’t sound like something I’d do.

        2. Tanshanomi Avatar

          Oh yeah, that guy. I don’t recall his name. What a nobody.

    2. Batshitbox Avatar

      Truth be told I almost forgot I listed the Kizashi. Do you think when people forget where they parked them anyone ever finds them? Or even remembers to look for very long?

  6. Alff Avatar

    An SBC-swapped CJ with American flag graphics. That’s pretty damn American.

    1. mdharrell Avatar

      For bonus Bicentennial action, it’s a 1976 model. This may account for its spare tire cover:

      1. Citric Avatar

        Why is Nic Cage on there?

      2. Kiefmo Avatar

        As a bonus, 1776 Patriot Pan (with karate chop action!) looks vaguely like Elvis.

  7. Harry Callahan Avatar
    Harry Callahan

    Nothing more ‘Murcian than Tin Lizzy

  8. Randall Carlisle Avatar
    Randall Carlisle

    My gf has a Kizashi. Excellent little car. Tight as a drum, handles great like a small sporty car should, has ALL the options. CVT (meh) but paddle shifters on the wheel and the option for full manual shifting 6 speeds. Also has 20 spoke wheels which are the most obnoxious ever to clean. I think the wheels are 18s so it should look relevant for a ferw more years. Nice cars – nicest, funnest I’ve ever driven. Shame Suzuki didn’t sell more of them. They show up in traffic and for sale more often than you;d think. And we’re fortunate enough to have access to the former dealer service dept (now at a Ford place that owned the dealership back when). But at 45K miles, it’s been pretty dange reliable, only needing oil changes and air in the tires.