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 we went cheap exotics, which are cars that let you wear an expensive label at an outlet price. We’ll see the biggest brand buster after the jump, but first lets go the other way . Have you ever put on airs? Ever hobnob with your betters? Yeah, dressing up and going out someplace fancy can be fun. You know what else is fun? Finding middle class cars that have gotten all fancy-pants, that’s what, and that’s just what we’re looking for this week. That’s right we want to find all the fancy cars for sale that are based on cheap wheels. That means Nova-based Sevilles, Fairmont-sourced Granadas and Versailles and pretty much every K-car sold with a padded vinyl roof. 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.

  1. Easiest way to not get caught in the spam filters is to create an IntenseDebate account. If you do so and your posts aren’t appearing, let us know at tips@hooniverse.info and we can put you on the whitelist
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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
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. Make the jump to see how low you can go.
You know, the best part of owning a budget exotic is that no one will know what you have parked in the lot when you throw that set of keys with the impressively badged fob on the bar at your neighborhood Black Angus. Of course on the downside, you frequently end up owning a car that lacks the cachet of the marque but suffers all its cost implications and frustrations. Just such a beast was found by dropgate, and that is this 1975 Maserati Merak that’s rocking… t-tops. Yes, that was probably a good idea at the time.
Now, the Maserati name lacks the some of the gravitas that is held by similar Italian brands like Ferrari and Lamborghini. Much of that is because the company has itself sullied its own name by attaching it to such dogs as the BiTurbo and Chrysler TC. And cars like the Merak. Actually, the Merak was just a somewhat slow and uncomfortable car when it was new. The styling, much of which is shared with the brutal and desirable Bora, has held up well, but this one, with its aftermarket roof hack and chassis rust-through is an excellent example of how the brand’s less fortunate legacy sticks around to haunt it.
Well done, dropgate!
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