Craigslist Crapshoot

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 gave the real wheels a rest and went looking for the coolest slot car racers and model cars money could buy. They needed to be used, and preferably sold by a private party, but other than that it was run whatcha brung. We’ll see what was brought in a sec, but first this week’s challenge.
Last week was fun but we gotta to get back into the real cars, and you don’t get much more real than Hollywood. This week what we want are cars that look like cars that featured prominently in the movies. We’re not asking you to find the silver 1989 Lotus Esprit from Pretty Woman, but if you can find a silver 1989 Lotus Esprit and then note that it represents the plot device from Pretty Woman then your work is done here. Cars and their movie connections are the order of the day.
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 observe some model behavior!
The coolest thing about model cars is you get many of joys of ownership at a far more modest outlay of cash. With slot and certain other model cars you even get a certain sense of kinetic enjoyment as well.
That’s what we saw last week and quite a few of you liked what you saw. We’ll start out with the amazing find by tonyola of a 1/18-scale Chinese 1958 Dongfeng Golden Dragon. How cool is that? Well, maybe not five-hundred bucks cool—which was it’s asking—but still pretty cool nonetheless. Cheaper, and even cooler was the vintage Dodge Challenger slot car drag race offered up by mdharrell. Man, I’d be up to that challenge. 
Those kind of dealer-offered toys were pretty common back in the day, a fact mentioned by P161911 who also gave us a 1960 Plymouth promo model as further evidence. Our winner for the week with the most up-votes however, was GTXcellent who provided us with a massive collection of slotters with an equally large price—$2,200. That was 71 cars and 65 feet of track, which I guess would be a deal when you calculated it out on a per-car/per foot of track basis.
Congrats to GTXcellent and thank you all for your wonderful contributions. Now, let’s find some movie car stand-ins.


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