Carsforagrand.com's time-lapse cross-country drive – click above to watch video

The $1,000 car – it's an often-quixotic purchase. You go into it an optimist, but very soon after, the newness of your latest old thing wears off, and you're left with a four-wheeled sarcophagus of rattles, forgotten receipts and gum wrappers. Still, there's a certain romance to the idea of a fantastic deal on a reasonably-good car, and they are out there. To prove their point, the founders of Carsforagrand.com purchased a Colonnade-era Pontiac for $800 and drove more than 3,000 miles across the country. Boo-ya.

The site aggregates ads from the internet and eBay Motors, and wraps them all up in a neat, zip-code-searchable form. The bigger point we take away from Carsforagrand's stunt is that there are cars in California that we'd consider nearly perfect in the rustbelt. For a grand. Three-hundred days of sun per year not enough for you guys, you have to hoard all the cheap, non-rusty old cars, too? Now if someone would just start crosscountrycarshippingforabuck.com... Video of their ride is available after the jump.

[Source: Cars for a Grand]