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’91 Yugo (currently on eBay!)

Some — no, wait, most anyone who has an opinion on it at all — have called the Yugo the worst car of all time. Sold in the U.S. for model years 1985-91, the Yugo started life here as a cheap, $3,990 Yugoslavian-built version of the Fiat 127. Sales started with a bang… and ended with a bang — the ending bang being the sound of many an owner’s Yugo self-destructing. There’s an interesting book on the Yugo which I just finished: The Yugo, the Rise and Fall of the Worst Car in History, by Jason Vuic. I highly recommend it to any car nut.

UPDATE: The eBay auction ended yesterday (10/8), and with a starting price of $2,500 there were — drum roll please — zero bids. I’m shocked. Shocked!

the book

— Jim Corbran, You Auto Know


  • Max

    Short lived, much maligned and for good reason. The only worse auto purchase decision one could make would be the East German Trabant which at the time, really wasn’t a choice at all. Actually, the Yugo had good bloodlines. If I’m not mistaken, the Fiat 127 was based on Fiat’s 124, which was a solid machine in its day. Somewhere along the road to Yugoslavia, the ball was dropped. Really dropped.

  • Paul

    I actually owned one. Heck, it was so cheap I figured if I got a year or two out of it I was ahead. Never could get it into 1st gear so you just eased it to a start in second. It had a tendency to kind of float on the road if you were on the expressway which made it really fun to drive in the winter. Bought it at Basil’s and they were all enthusiastic until about 6 months later when they pulled the line and refused to even service it. Another great car dealer that’s with you until the end, or whenever you drive it off the lot, whichever came first.

    • Jim Corbran

      Paul, Please don’t tell me you traded it in on a Daewoo.

  • Jack

    The Yugo actually had a rear window defroster, which was somewhat unusual at the time. It was said its primary use was to keep your hands warm as you pushed it.

    • Jim Corbran

      Jack, there’s a bunch of those jokes in the book!