For $5,500, Get Shorty

Nice Price Or Crack PipeIs this used car a good deal? You decide!

When it comes to automotive excitement, Toyota usually comes up short. Today’s Nice Price or Crack Pipe Corolla wagon however is long on being different, but you’ll still need to decide if its price is short on value.

Dang, I’m guessing that a LOT of you watched the Wacky Races when you were a kid as that's the only explanation for the happy dance reaction to yesterday’s Shala Vette custom buggy. Dick Dean would be rolling in his grave with glee (he passed away in 2008) knowing that it managed a respectable 60% Nice Price win. The question is, who's going to tell him?


Okay, so maybe you were on the other side of the fence on that one, its styling a little too non-traditional for your tastes. Maybe it was just a teeny-weensy bit over the top to gain any traction with you, and in that case today we’re going with a candidate that has a reputation for stoic stability as well as for appliance like personality.

That of course is the Toyota Corolla (ta-da!), which in today's instance is at least a rear-wheel drive 1980 wagon, which nostalgia and poor short term memory have imbued with some desirability and personality.

If that’s not enough to light your fires however, this one has also had most of its mid-section excised turning it into something that could draw a crowd at the local Japanese Car Show in the morning, and then serve as a Shriner’s parade ride in the afternoon.


Powered by what looks to be a wildly over-carbureted 1.8-litre four and 5-speed stick, this truncated Toyota must also have a driveshaft that’s shorter than a Kardashian marriage. The ad claims it has a custom exhaust and, I mean, why wouldn’t it? There’s hardly enough room in there for for a regular muffler so thankfully it is 100% fart can free.


The two doors marry the A-pillar leading edge of the former fronts with the wheel hump incursion of the rears, and if you’re looking for something that’s ADA compliant then this is probably not your beast. If however, you are looking to experience a bordello without the onus of shelling out money for sex with a sweaty impatient woman who reminds you of your mom, or being told to move along, this ain’t a lending library, then this is the place.

That’s because this Corolla isn’t just shortened, it’s also been tuck and roll over Beethoven'd. Sure, the rear bench is now the driver’s perch, but think of the time and effort it will save getting your date in the back.


While small, the appearance is that now expense was spared in the lap banding of this Corolla. The merlot paint looks decent in the pics, and the velour interior is as rich and inviting as the parlor at your grandma’s - you remember her, she was so high class that everybody called her madam?


Factory wheels and a funky grille/headlight treatment add to the cool, and the cherry on this Corolla’s short cake sundae is its Englishtown Car Show trophy. We got ourselves a winnah here!

Of course winning comes at a price, and in this case the seller of this custom shorty Toyota is longing for $5,500 to take it off his hands. What do you think about this custom Corolla for that price? Is $5,500 a fair price for so crazy a custom? Or, would you have to think long on that?


You decide!


Central New Jersey Craigslist, or go here if the ad disappears.

H/T to Civardi for the hookup!

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