Craigslist Egregiousness: Bait-'N'-Switch Temptation Edition

Some might say 'Busa. I say the diesel from a Smart Fortwo. With twin-turbos.
Some might say 'Busa. I say the diesel from a Smart Fortwo. With twin-turbos.

For a classic example of temptation battling rationality we can always turn to Craigslist. Today is no exception.
Über-commenter and all-around car guru Mike The Dog has sent in this example of a Craigslist ad that has the ability to bring your brain to a screeching halt. On the one hand, it sounds like such a fantastic deal you’re afraid to turn it down… but on the other hand, there are warning flags as obvious as search beacons on a foggy night. On the one hand, he promises that the cars “ran when parked” which, as we all know, is both a blessing and a curse. They have been stored indoors, and all have lots of new and repaired parts. They are, he assures us, “NOT rust buckets”, and have been well-loved and cared for.
On the other hand, he assures us that they have lots of parts “…in the car somewhere”, and over the last 25 years have received “some TLC”, and feature “some original documents”. Maybe it’s just me, but the half-hearted enthusiasm raises flags.
Anyone else? What say you, does it make your naughty bits or your spidey senses tingle?
I’m really hoping this isn’t commenter coupeZ600 getting rid of his collection.
HONDA 600 CAR COLLECTION (.pdf version if the posting disappears)

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  1. Tim Odell Avatar
    Tim Odell

    I dunno…I think this guy's legit. He's got a pile of Hondas which may or may not have been well maintained.
    What could possibly go wrong?

    1. acarr260 Avatar

      It seems like a horrible endeavor to get involved in, but part of me really wants to email him and ask him for the pictures of the other cars.

      1. Tim Odell Avatar
        Tim Odell

        I already did.
        Haven't heard back, though.

    2. Deartháir Avatar

      "How hard can it be?"

  2. Maymar Avatar

    Sure, you'd think dropping in a 'Busa makes sense. But I'd suggest going period, and sticking to the Honda family, with the CB750's I4. If you're properly depraved, see if you can wedge the engine from an early Goldwing in there.

    1. Deartháir Avatar

      By a remarkable coincidence, I happen to have a '81 CB750 just kicking around for no purpose whatsoever…

      1. Maymar Avatar

        If I had $500, I could get my '76 CB750 back (the current owner's looking to sell it). It just doesn't run right now.

      2. dculberson Avatar

        There's your answer. Got $4500? Hell, I bet $2000 cash would talk after they've sat around for a little while longer.

    2. Mike_the_Dog Avatar

      If I had a bent up CBX 1000 with a good engine lying around…. I wonder if you could even get an I6 into the engine bay?

  3. CptSevere Avatar

    Nope. You came up with that all by yourself. I never came up with the smartass idea of a Valkyrie or CBX engine in one of these instead and wrote about it on some stupid website, either. How would one come up with such ideas?