1988 Yugo Florida: Belgrade Pride!

The Zastava Koral, better known in North America as the Yugo, has been the butt of jokes for 20 years (even in turbocharged form » 8/29/08 11:00am 8/29/08 11:00am), but Zastava also made cars that Fiat 127/128 clones. For example, the , which boasts Giugiaro design and Peugeot running gear. Note the leading-edge use of timing lights, welding…

Tough, Dependable Cars At America's Most Affordable Prices: Yugo Leads…

After seeing Evil Clint's numbers-matching Yugo yesterday, we have no choice but to watch a Yugo commercial today. Remember when you could get a brand-new Yugo for $4,525 or aHyundai Excel for $4,999? Remember, the Yugo's price was well under 9 grand in inflation-adjusted 2008 dollars, and you got a full… » 8/14/08 1:20pm 8/14/08 1:20pm

Evil Clint Couldn't Bear To LeMon-ize His Yugo, Fixed It Up Instead

Last spring, we saw the '87 Yugo GV of Clint, the Evil Genius Racing welder who built the Black Metal V8olvo's roll cage. Back then, Clint had an idea he'd make the Yugo into a 24 Hours of LeMons car... but it was just too nice. Instead, he applied a few months of work and a bunch of parts, and now it's one of the… » 8/13/08 8:00am 8/13/08 8:00am

Yugo: The Car That Became a Punchline

Those of us who appreciate a Turbo Yugo or a potential 24 Hours of LeMons Yugo know that the little Yugoslavian Fiat 127 shouldn't be considered a mere object of derision. However, Midas joined the Yugo-bashing brigade with this ad making light of a fatal-looking hubris-fueled Yugo wreck. Whatta ya gonna do? » 4/01/08 10:00am 4/01/08 10:00am

How About A Yugo For The 24 Hours Of LeMons?

When we were at Evil Genius Racing to get the cage put in the Black Metal V8olvo, we couldn't help but notice the bright red Yugo GV parked by the shop. Turns out the little Balkan pseudo-Fiat belongs to laboratory assistant and expert welder Evil Clint, who picked it up for next to nothing and is contemplating turning … » 3/10/08 3:00pm 3/10/08 3:00pm

Wood-Burning Yugo Breaks Free Of Petroleum's Shackles!

With the assistance of his engineer son (named Igor, of course) Crafty Balkan Yugomeister Anton Peterka has converted his '85 Yugo to run on the combustion gases created by burning wood. This isn't exactly a new idea (plenty of wood-burning cars limped around Europe during World War II) but applying it to a Yugo just… » 7/19/07 4:00pm 7/19/07 4:00pm

The Red Menace: Zastava-Yugo 750!

The diminutive Zastava was endearing enough to earn the nick name Nicia, which means Little Fiat in Serbian. As was its Fiat 500 cousin to the west, the compact Zastava was endlessly modified and by way of engine swaps and other creative mechanical mayhem. The final version of the car packed a very close to Fiat 850… » 5/01/07 8:00pm 5/01/07 8:00pm

Every New Morning: Bricklin's China Plan Changes Again

If one thinks about it, the only truly great thing Malcolm Bricklin ever did was bring Subarus to America. Other than that, Yugo? The Bricklin? Entirely amusing vehicles, but only if other people own them. So who really expected his venture with Chery to succeed? Well, we kind of did. At least for a while. But now that … » 11/20/06 5:00pm 11/20/06 5:00pm