Let’s start with why.
Why I’m doing this.
Why I bought this domain on 12/18/2020 and put together this little crappy website.
I’ve always had a fondness for cars, ever since I was young. My father worked at General Motors for over 40 years, first as a diemaker, and working his way up to a computer programmer. He never owned particularly odd cars (an early 90s Wrangler, an early 2000s Blazer, and a Silverado from the same era), but from a fairly young age, he instilled upon me a basic mechanical knowledge and fondness for motorized vehicles.
I suppose I like cars like the Yugo because….they’re underdogs. They don’t pretend to be anything they’re not, and yet they’re exclusively shit upon by the general public. The Yugo was never a truly _terrible_ vehicle…it was just a mediocre basic 1980s economy vehicle with slightly disappointing build quality. The Yugo is similar to a lit-up Waffle House sign in the distance when you’re riding a desolate highway late at night – perhaps one with a burned out neon letter or two – it doesn’t promise to fulfill all your hopes and dreams, but it does promise to be there for you and nourish you. It’s not a five-star restaurant, but it’ll help you on your journey. It doesn’t pretend to be anything it’s not.
I don’t consider myself my Yugo’s owner….nah. More like its caretaker. I’m going to keep it repaired and running and driving using original, stock parts until I can no longer drive myself. I don’t foresee myself selling or trading this vehicle at all in my lifetime. It’s charming.
It’s won me over.
With all that being said, I’ve owned my Yugo for a little over a year at the time of me writing this, and I wanted it & the brand to have a proper online presence, as maybe a 21st century gravestone – something with which to commemorate its struggles and strides it made in the automotive world.
Feel free to reach out with any comments, suggestions, or ideas.
For those wondering, my Yugo is a 1987 GV, with a blue exterior and gray interior. Everything is original, save for the fluids, tires (though the spare is original), modestly-upgraded aftermarket stereo, and battery. The VIN is VX1BA1213HK349611. It is powered by the original 1.1L carbureted I4, which sends power to the front wheels via the original 4-speed manual transmission. It retains the original spare tire & wheel, official Yugo bulb kit, and the tool kit, all of which appear to not have been used.
The rear hatch sports a dealer sticker from McGee Dodge in Midfield, Alabama, though strangely, there is no entry on the Carfax for anywhere in Alabama. I would say that the hatch had been swapped, but the paint quality on the hatch patches the rest of the car. The first reported titling was on 8/13/1987, in Livingston, TN, with the first owner having a lien on the title. The Yugo, according to the Carfax and the previous owner, stayed in Tennessee all its life until I brought it home with me to Michigan in August of 2019. I believe I am the third owner.
It runs and drives fine, though I intend to replace several things in the near future. I plan on replacing the mechanical fuel pump with an electric one, I plan on replacing the carburetor, and I’d like to replace the clutch.
I don’t think I’ll ever sell this.