This next car is strange looking piece of metal — and it took me a few minutes to figure out what I was looking at, especially on the inside. It was obviously a modern car, but not the typical PT-Cruiser or random 90s Pontiac that gets the “woodie” treatment on a weekly basis. But the center mounted gauge cluster with a HYBRID badge from a Ford product on the back confirmed what I suspected…this is a rebodied Prius. Find this 2002 Toyota Prius offered for $18,000 in Hayward, CA via craigslist.
I got this next link from prolific tipper Rock On, who put in the subject; Cheap City Runabout. And I thought to myself; this must be something cool and kooky like a Subaru 360 setup to run on camp fuel, or an El Camino’d Gillig Phantom Bus, or a Honda City Turbo II…but no. To my shock, surprise, chagrin, and sobering mortification…it was a Toyota Prius. The anti-fun car. The car that everybody loves to hate. The car that even radical Hummer torching environmentalists agree is a blight upon the planet…the Prius. Hmmm. But if memory serves me correctly, there was a time when everybody hated the VW MicroBus and now they are worth more than the average hippie’s 401k, so maybe the Prius will eventually get a cult following and…nah. Find this 2007 Toyota Prius offered for $3900 in San Diego, CA via craigslist.
The California vehicle code is a strange and complex beast. There are all sorts of arcane rules related to engine swaps that require “factory” location of original catalyst that make swapping that LS1 into car XYZ a royal pain. However, there are a few loopholes that Cali gear-heads have been known to take advantage of. […]