I Grew up in north eastern Minnesota on the Mesabi Iron Range. Growing up I remember seeing cut up cars around peoples places, they where mostly used for beating around in the woods. My father and others called these “Jokers”.
The Joker often had only the firewall, inner fenders and floor pan remaining on the frame, and the two front seats still in place. Sometimes the front clip was in tact, sometimes just the firewall and windshield. I can remember seeing cars from the 30s-60s cut up in this manner.
Im wondering about the origin of the name and if it was used around the country or if the Joker is a Northern Minnesota creation. I live near St. Paul now and city folk just look at me with blank stares when asked about the Joker.