a moment of silence, please.

Automobile enthusiasts all over the world will be saddened to hear about the demise of the Yugo, one of the few vehicles on the market capable of taking irreparable structural damage in a collision with a Susan B. Anthony dollar coin.

7 thoughts on “a moment of silence, please.

  1. Joe Allen says:

    In the early 90s I dated a girl who had a Yugo.

    Unfortunately, she was taken to the cleaner by an unscrupulous car dealer (like there was some other kind), but I have to say it was not a bad car.

    It was fuel efficient, handled reasonably well, could haul 4 full size adults at highway speeds, and in the year or so she had it; it never had any mechanical issues.

    In fact, looking back on it, it was rather fun to drive. Although it was grossly underpowered, it was so light that by abusing the 5 speed transmission you could zip in and out of traffic pretty smartly.

    As I say, she paid full sticker and got skinned on a terrible financing deal but when the Yugo was on the market a smart buyer could pick up a new car for around five grand or so.

    The saga of the Yugo came to an end one night when she called me at the end of her shift at Olive Garden; “Somebody stole my car!” “Honey, it’s a Yugo. Nobody steals Yugos.” Knowing her, I knew what had happened. I picked her up from work and made one phone call the next morning. Sure enough, it had been repo’ed. Up until then, I would have said “Nobody gets a Yugo repossessed” too. She was full of surprises.

    Joe

  2. perlhaqr says:

    Yugos were still in production?

  3. dot says:

    Well, it may actually be a portent for the path of the mighty Mustang, the charming Challenger, and the sleek Malibu SS. Global economic depressions have a way of equilibrating social standards…

  4. jimbob86 says:

    I have a friend that bought a used grain truck and the seller threw in a Yugo, in working order, for FREE.

  5. crankylitprof says:

    I had a Yugo in high school — it was my first car.

    I painted it red, with black spots — it looked like a ladybug.

    I drove that little critter in to the ground. Never had any problems with it, and definitely got my money’s worth.

  6. Jay G. says:

    Does this mean we’ll start seeing zombie Yugos?

  7. farmist says:

    Jay,
    Aren’t they ALL zombies? The shambling gait, empty stare, etc.

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