A royally-owned 1934 Rolls Royce, a unique Citroën SM, or a surprisingly well-kept Chrysler TC by Maserati: Which is the true representation of luxury? Only the intrepid Craigslist explorer can decide.
Are you courageous enough to brave the uncharted wilds of the Cars+Trucks pages of Southern California, the natural habitat of the greatest and strangest collection of used cars a negotiable amount of money can buy? If so, join us on our journey.
Welcome to California Craigslist Safari, a journey into the endless frontier of rust-free potential that is the world’s greatest regional imitation newspaper classified section on earth. What will we find today?
The appeal: Have you ever found yourself struggling to decide whether restoring a Citroën SM is just a garden variety bad idea, or one of those ideas so bad that it wraps back around to being excellent? You may feel like you know the answer in your heart, but you cannot know for sure until you try. And, hey, this one has a sunroof.
Maserati engine, French everything else, almost 50 years old—what could possibly go wrong here?
The appeal: Racing an open-wheeled car on a dirt oval is a terrifying thing to do now, so you can imagine how much more terrifying it must have been in 1934. With this vintage racer, you don’t have to imagine anymore.
The appeal: The ad describes this car as in “Truly remarkable condition,” and it is not wrong. This is certainly the cleanest Chrysler TC by Maserati I have ever seen. If you have always dreamed of keeping a museum of K-Cars, this is the crown jewel.
The appeal: Finally, pack-in marketing comes to classic car purchasing! One of these cars is an example of what a great Italian touring car can be, an unforgettable design and a brilliant piece of engineering. And you get an Alfa Romeo Spider, too. What a deal.
The appeal: Your pick of a collection including a 1956 Nash Rambler, a 1973 Fiat 500, and a 1934 Rolls Royce Phantom II Limousine De Ville with coachwork done by Gurney Nutting.
Yes, the prices and previous ownership by Dukes vary wildly, but there is some real credit due to a collector equally willing to let any of them go to make space.
There’s also a 1960 Mercedes Benz 190b Kombi, a Vincent drag racing bike, a 1962 Laverda 200 and more.