Bad press in America couldn't kill it. The fall of the Soviet Union couldn't kill it. The NATO bombing the factory to the ground couldn't kill it. And guess what, the Yugos are still kicking in one Eastern Europe country.
A number of hoons visiting Croatia equipped with a Zastava asked two questions: what happens when you drive through a cornfield? What happens when you plow into a lake at speed?
Sure, the Yugo has joined the Edsel as an automotive punchline, and its diminutive size implies it may imminently unleash a profusion of clowns. Despite all that, today's Nice Price or Crack Pipe Cabrio asks, who's laughing now?
I'm coming out of NPOCP retirement for this one; sure, Graverobber's being doing a helluva job, but after reading The Rise And Fall Of The Worst Car In History, I feel compelled to put this dilemma to a vote.
Admit it: The Yugo is strangely fascinating. Jason Vuic's book Yugo: The Rise and Fall of the Worst Car in History is equally fascinating. Wired.com recently spoke with Vuic about the car's legacy. —Ed.
As author Jason Vuic points out in The Yugo's introduction, the Yugo wasn't really the worst car in history. How did it capture the role of Worst Car Ever in the mind of most Americans? This excellent book explains all!
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While the Beetle, Ambassador, Mini, and 2CV each enjoyed more than four decades of production in pretty much their original form, we mustn't overlook the other long-term survivors of the automotive world.
Hacking up a hail-damaged car and turning it into a giant, highway-capable whale is one thing… but when your Whalemobile started live as a Yugo cabriolet, you're entering an alternate dimension of awesomeness!
We were all pretty excited when a genuine, Marshal Tito-grade Yugo showed up to the track on Friday night and a crew started putting a cage in it right there in the parking lot.
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?
While the Opel Astra is finally hitting our shores as a Saturn model, Serbia's Zastava has inked a deal with General Motors to build an iteration of the automobile, known in par-for-the-course GM parlance as the Astra Classic. Currently, the former builders of the Yugo assemble a Fiat Punto known locally as the…
A fifty-dollar Zastava product. Some inspired back-40 mayhem. A fire. And in the first half, the clip features the smooth vocal stylings of San Francisco's karaoke king, Iron City's own Spike Slawson — the only man we know with a Heinz ketchup bottle tattooed on his forearm. What more could we realistically ask for?
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…
While we still think the best transforming, dancing robot-car video is the 2CV bit, we just ran across this patriotic wee dancing Zastava engaging in some technofied traditional Eastern European stepping. How much you wanna bet this baby sucks pure ethanol?
What in holy hell would we do without our valued man inside the chintz aftermarket, JC Whitless? Well, we suppose we'd find something else to do, but life's better with ol' JC, especially when he sends us brilliant quotes like this:
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…