“If you are the type to whine about undisclosed damage after the completion of the sale, don’t friggin’ bid on this. While the title and the donor car itself are 100% clean and (despite appearances) there’s no previous accident for this car, consider it a total POS. That about sums it up.”
Not exactly a ringing endorsement for a used car, but that’s the description left by the owner of a 2008 Toyota Prius equipped with a Harley-Davidson Sportster engine.
Currently available for sale on eBay, the “ToyoHog” competed in the 24 Hours of LeMons, an endurance race featuring cars valued at less than $500 parodying the much more famous 24 Hours of Le Mans. The ToyoHog is registered and insured for street-use and has never been in an accident (the same can’t be said for the body-panels however, which were damaged before being installed on the ToyoHog to help bring it down to the $500 price point.)
The Dr. Frankenstein behind the ToyoHog ripped out the Prius engine and replaced it with a 1986 Sportster 883 engine that had been bored out to 1100cc and a four-speed transmission (the owner will throw in several spare parts including a 1994 1200cc Sportster engine with a five-speed transmission and various pistons and cylinder heads.) The engine delivers power to the front wheels via a chain using the slightly-modified Prius differential.
The seller will also throw in the remnants of the original Sportster that lent its engine to the ToyoHog, though the Harley no longer runs despite efforts to repair it.
As of this writing, the eBay bidding has topped $1,275, though the reserve has not yet been met. The auction runs until April 8.