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YAK Car Pic of the Day

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Local attorney (and fellow Artvoice blogger) Alan Bedenko recently returned from a trip to Croatia, and he was kind enough to snap a few photos for the YAK blog in his spare time. Like this 1980s-era Koral 55. Look familiar? Here’s a hint: they were built by the Zastava Automobile company in the former Yugoslavia (the area of which is now comprised of seven separate states, including Croatia). Yep, it’s a Yugo, voted by many publications as one of the 50 crappiest cars ever made. This one seems to be holding up pretty well, although Alan says they are now few and far between even though Zagreb was crawling with them just ten years ago. Give this one a little more time. The “55” in the model name refers to the number of horsepower its engine supposedly puts out (and not how many months before the car disintegrates). The HR in the international Traffic Code oval indicates Croatia (Hrvatska).

— Jim Corbran, You Auto Know