Saturday, October 25, 2014

3k: Vanilla Yugort: 1987 Yugo GV

"You can't have too much of a good thing" is one of those truisms that isn't remotely true. The obvious caveat: candy corn. The first two handfuls are bliss, the second three induce stomach aches, and each recurrence (likely accompanied with Halloween-themed booze like Morgue-A-Rita) will end your night early and rot your teeth out. No such rotting seems to afflict this low-mile, squeaky clean Yugo GV. Yes, another Yugo, because on Daily Turismo, you can't have too much of a decrepit heap. Find this 1987 Yugo GV in Charlotte, NC for $2,999 via craigslist.

I knew a guy with an amusing theory on candy corn: Immediately after its invention, it was made in such huge quantities that it was stashed in storehouses and repackaged every year for Halloween. Being made entirely of three different types of sugar, it doesn't really expire. The inverse seems to be true for Yugos. All of the Fiat 124 128-based cars seem to be in varying stages of decomposition, thanks to a low entry price and low reliability that aptly results in low perceived value. The poor hatches have missed out on lifetimes in climate-controlled garages or rotisserie restorations, so finding one in this shape is rare.

Spotless floor mats, original air conditioning and radio, and a host of recent maintenance make this Eastern European special worth looking at. A shift knob rowing a four-speed manual sprouts up from the cappuccino interior, helping achieve 40 MPG according to the seller. It has new rack and pinion steering rack, tie rods, battery, tires, and more.

Its virtue is its low price and simplicity, and we can't fault that. It's a good Golf alternative that's likely inferior to a Golf in every measurable and immeasurable way. Still, this is as good as Yugos get in this price range. And if you're so inclined, an 11-second version with skinnies is just a lonely winter away. 

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PhiLOL actually likes the tuna here, but abhors structural rust. Save the manuals.


  1. Yugo's are Fiat 128 based, the 124 is a FR layout

  2. Where does the scoop in the hood lead to? It doesn't go to the intake, that is for sure.

  3. air intake for the heater box

  4. 3000 bucks for this? I was on a exchange trip in Serbia, the home of Yugo, and I was told by my Serbian landlord, that these along with Zastava (similar, but with a trunk) cost about $70-150. In the town were 12 of 10 unlocked all day, they didn't make a fuss about it. For that amount of money quite disposable fun.

    1. I'm envisioning a Yugo GV Abarth.

      Would the present-day 1.4 turbo bolt into a $150 Zastava Tincan?


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