Thursday, August 16, 2012
The best looking Yugo I've ever seen
There are some older cars you see from time to time that you don't expect to see in really good shape. My boss has a pristine 1978 Ford Fairmont with 23,000 original miles. I recently saw an early '80s Buick Skylark in near showroom condition. Maybe it's the fact that so many of these vehicles, which weren't exactly the darlings of enthusiasts, are in such poor shape, it's amazing when you see one that isn't.
Case in point, this Yugo I saw at the Portland Historic Races. Overall, this Eastern Block-mobile looked amazingly good. At first glance I thought it might have been a VW Rabbit or some obscure '80s European hatchback (which it kind of is) Heck, I don't think they looked this good new.
It appears this Yugo has a custom exhaust system exiting in front of the rear wheel, some custom fog lamps up front, and it looks to be lowered. It also has no bumpers, for what it's worth. It was wearing good red paint, '80s-era alloy wheels, and overall, for what it is, looked like the car that time forgot. And for a Yugo, that's a huge complement.
This was, by far, the best looking car I've ever seen that was made in the former country of Yugoslavia during the 1980s. And while that might be ultra-specific, you simply don't see many Yugos around, let alone ones that actually looks good. Heck, I'd drive it. This one even had the rear window defroster, which was there to keep your hands warm when pushing them after they broke down ...