For $1,750, Put the Kart Before The Horsepower

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Nice Price Or No DiceIs this used car a good deal? You decide!

How do you want to meet your maker? Should you buy and actually drive today's Nice Price or Crack Pipe Go Kart, your obituary would practically write itself. You'll just need to decide if this is a cheap way to go.


When I was a kid, I pined after having a go-kart or mini-bike, some form of motorized transportation a suburban tween could use to terrorize the neighborhood. Ah yes, those were the wonder years. I haunted a place called Fedde's Sea and Land which sold both, as well as jet skis, but eventually bought a used Powell Challenger which for a while made my life complete.

After that I never got around to getting a go-kart, as I bought my first car - a $200 Corvair - when I was 14. A panoply of crappy cars and small caliber bikes followed that, but in the back of my mind there has always been that empty spot, a soul hole as it were, that perhaps only a go-kart might fill.


That tear-jerker of a story might have a happy ending if I were to own today's Suzuki GS550-powered go-kart. Then again, having a look at this insane conveyance that satisfaction would be short lived, and would likely mean my next vehicle would be a hearse.

Now, no offense to the builder of this machine, after all packing a - what would that be, about 50-bhp - engine into something that weighs little more than the engine alone, and imbuing it with but a single meager brake, does indicate cojones large enough to warrant their own ZIP Code. Either that or perhaps it means that all his tunes are loony.

Illustration for article titled For $1,750, Put the Kart Before The Horsepower

One fact that's obvious is that this is about the cheapest way to get into a running mid-engine car. The Suzuki engine sits just behind the single bucket seat, and that driver's throne is thankfully plastic which should be easy to clean out should you scare the crap out of yourself driving the beast. The tiny fuel tank means you won't get far form a change of Underoos if you do.


The DOHC motorcycle mill and attached 6-speed sequential gearbox do add to the overall length of the kart giving it one of the longest wheelbases I've ever seen on one. That should result in some significant flex over whoop-de-coos seeing as there's no suspension, but then who's to say if we don't actually see it in action?

It doesn't look like too many people are interested in giving it any exercise as the seller says in the ad that the kart's been in his shop for 4-years. I wonder if he has any other potentially deadly implements just laying around? You know, live hand grenades, Russian plutonium containers, GM ignition switches.


Whatever, this amazing death trap go kart is there and he obviously wants to be rid of it. The asking price to take it off his hands is $1,750. Where do you stand on that price for this kart? Is that something that should make this go kart's purchase a go? Or do you think that's too much cash to kart over?

You decide!


Seattle Craigslist, or go here if the ad disappears.

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Let's do the math[1]:

- casket – $2,300

- funeral director's basic services fee – $1,500

- embalming and body preparation – $600

- funeral ceremony and viewing – $1,000

- miscellaneous (hearse, death certificates, obituary, etc.) – $600

- grave space – $1,000

- cost to dig the grave – $1,000

- headstone – $2,000

- grave marker – $1,000

Forget trying to add this up, this is clearly into CP territory for me.