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

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… » 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

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… » 11/20/06 5:00pm 11/20/06 5:00pm

Fried-Out From the Factory: Yugoamino!

God save you, Zastava. You took the notoriously shoddy Fiat 128 and added Eastern Bloc quality control. And then you turned it into a pickup. When reader Alex sent this in, we nearly messed ourselves with glee. He reports that most of the Skala Poly Kombis featured a camper shell, but some went around topless, daring… » 6/29/06 3:15pm 6/29/06 3:15pm

Wood a Gas: Serbian Yugo Powered by Wood-Gas

Make magazine found an automotive project whereby some enterprising souls in Serbia refitted a Yugo with a powerplant that uses wood-gas for fuel, likely in an attempt to improve the car's performance. The 125-year-old technology relies on incomplete combustion of wood to produce flammable gases hydrogen and methane… » 2/13/06 10:27am 2/13/06 10:27am

Yugo As Decorative Element: Park it in Your Living Room!

I sit at Rittenhouse Park and see a guy from Time Cycle give the finger to a passing motorist, and it kind of makes me smile/This is the city of brotherly love and crime/And we only bombed our own city once, one time.
Adam Goren wrote those lines nearly a decade ago, and while said City of Brotherly Love has recently… » 7/15/05 5:19am 7/15/05 5:19am