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Best Craigslist Ad Ever?
Posted On: 10/27/2010 10:26AM

I gotta just print this one in its entirety:

Four speed manual transmission, engine was swapped for a 2.8L. Comes with several boxes of extra parts, and a spare set of wheels with studded snow tires. This car is driveable but the alternator output is weak. Requires a couple minutes to warm up in the morning. Shifter is loose and the gears are a little tricky to find. You have to stand on the clutch to shift gears. This is really a parts car - unless you truely want a project.

This Mercedes has no seatbelts in the back, and the ones in the front are of the airliner lap-best variety. There are safer cars out there for sale. Cars with thick slab like steel pillars cocooning you from the outside world. Cars with 7 airbags. Cars with airbags for your knees. They have fancy GPSs that will tell you where you should go; they have systems that will brake for you, before you even notice that the car in front of you is slowing down.

This Mercedes has none of those things. This Mercedes barely even has brakes. This Mercedes doesn't even have a conventionally operational heating system, or a radio. There are no power windows, locks, or mirrors. This car does not have seven airbags.

Continue reading after the jump!

And those other cars, Their horns make cute little beeping noises, so considerate to not be rude. They don't have horns that sound with the arrogance and fury of some long dead Mongol warlord. They don't come with apocalyptic snow tires, all spikes and brutal tread. You cannot fix those cars on the side of the road, using a wrench as a hammer. Those cars will never force you to think, never allow you to exercise your own ingenuity. In those cars you can't stand up illegally through the sunroof from the back seat, and watch the moon with the cool night air blowing through you air.

Richard Nixon once said "Human existence is in the struggle." You could buy a car that will try and hide you from all the dangers of the world, but it won't save you; all the alarms, all the air bags, and the low sodium lattes in the world won't save you. Some day you will die. But at least you can die with the wind in your hair.

Alternatively it would make a good parts car.

Craigslist via Jalopnik



Comments (11)
Avatar By: PapaDeer
10/27/2010 11:31 AM

Beautifully written. Someone track him down and get him to start blogging here!

Avatar By: SouthernGuy8503
10/27/2010 4:20 PM

I was laughing the whole time. It's almost like he was forced to sell the car but doesn't want to sell it so he figures he should do the opposite of what you should do when you put an ad out. He's basically saying "at least with this car you will die knowing you died in a Benz even though it's a POS".

Avatar By: GTwildfire
10/27/2010 7:23 PM

This is what happens when a philosopher sells his car.

Avatar By: ilovethestig
10/27/2010 8:26 PM

could barely see the screen through my tears i was laughing so hard.

Avatar By: locomah
10/28/2010 7:13 PM

I like the train of thought on that guy!

Avatar By: StationWagons
11/2/2010 10:48 AM

I think SouthernGuy8503 nailed it, the guy's wife or girlfriend made him put it up for sale. The way he wrote the add is genius... it makes you want to not buy the car but he can always tell his wife (or whoever) he wrote it that way to get more interest in it.

Avatar By: ilovethestig
11/10/2010 8:30 PM

This is what happens when James May sells a car....

Avatar By: thrasher86
11/11/2010 11:50 AM

i want it

Avatar By: 2digits
3/6/2011 12:44 PM

Best ad ever!

Avatar By: 2digits
3/6/2011 12:44 PM

James May, lol

Avatar By: 2digits
3/20/2011 5:06 PM

I love this, who ever wrote this (and 66Mope for finding it) are true enthusiast.


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