Ever heard of the Smart Crossblade? It's a wacky factory-built roofless Smart roadster based on the Fortwo microcar. Produced in 2002 as a limited run of only 2,000 units, the Crossblade is the Smart enthusiast's dream ride—sort of a city car take on the Ariel Atom concept. And this one's for sale in the U.S.
With no roof, a tiny windshield, and blade-like 'doors,' the Crossblade was meant to appeal to people who wanted something even more quirky (and even less practical) than the original car. Like the normal ForTwo, it keeps its engine in the rear, mated to a six-speed semi-automatic transmission. The 599cc inline-three cylinder engine is tuned by Brabus, and produces an unsubstantial 70 horsepower—a full ten more ponies than the standard output.
The Smart Crossblade was never officially sold in the U.S., so how is it being offered here now? The ad, featured on with a current bid of $5500, says that the seller was able to acquire a federal replacement VIN, since the Crossblade is 'substantially similar' to the Smart ForTwo that was sold in the States. Although the two cars share a chassis, having no roof, a minimal windscreen, and bars for doors would seem to make it different enough to warrant a second look, but we're not gonna snitch.
The story doesn't end there. The ad states that this particular car lived on the mega-yacht of the original owner, before being purchased by the seller and brought to the U.S. Because if you're going to carry an automotive dinghy for jaunts into town when you dock your mega-yacht, it might as well be outrageous.