• May 21st 2009 at 7:58PM
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The Yugo Party – Click above for high-res image gallery

Yugo production wound down in 2008, but Zastava's little cars still engender plenty of love, and fans of the brand recently converged on a Belgrade park with their cars. To be sure, Yugos never rolled out of the Kragujevac factory in the candy-flavored hues of some of the lovingly modified and restored rides that showed up, but Zastava and fans of its cars all but burst with pride. You're not likely to see a gathering of Yugos, at least one so large, here in the States, but on a May day in Belgrade, all sorts of cars produced throughout the company's history, from its earliest "Fica" model up to the latest Zastava 10, gathered in one spot for this giant Yugo party. Maybe once you peruse the massive gallery, you'll be so inspired that you start scouring for sale ads, looking for your own Yugo to take to a picnic.

[Source: Zastava Internacionale]


There were Yugos of all colors, with engines from the standard, 903cc 4-cylinder through to 2-liter Lancia swaps. They came from as far away as Niš, in Serbia's deep south, and from Croatia. There were fićas, Zastava's first car, dating back to 1955. There were Zastava 101 and 128 models, which brought front-wheel drive to Yugoslavia's roads back in 1971. And there were more modern Zastava cars, including the Florida, which, with its 100-horsepower Peugeot engine, was through the end of production in 2008 the fastest sub-$8,000 car in the world.

Parked beside the Dunav river, drivers sat around a barbecue, swapping parts and stories.

"The attendance at this event is testament to the enduring story of the world's most famous postwar budget car," said Ognjen Radić, who organized the meet.

"The Yugo is no longer built, but the Zastava story – the story of 55 years of affordable motoring - lives on," he added.

Volunteers from the Zastava Fan Club (http://www.zfc.rs) organized parking and music, and provided refreshments.


For more than fifty-five years, since 1953, the Zastava marque has been known for affordable, durable vehicles. Zastava specializes in cars priced under 10,000 euros, cars which promise easy and unbeatable value. Zastava Automobili (http://www.zastavanacionale.com) has entered into a joint-venture agreement with Fiat S.p.A. of Italy. The agreement will see the production of a new A-segment model in Zastava's hometown of Kragujevac, Serbia, by 2010.

For more on Zastava history, in English, please see


The Zastava Fan Club counts 1,750 members from across the ex-Yugoslav republics and from around the world. Membership is free, at http://www.zfc.rs.

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      • 6 Years Ago
      Srbija do Tokija!!!
      • 6 Years Ago
      Isn't "Belgrade" Yugoslavian for "Spring Hill"?
        • 6 Years Ago
        No it's Serbian for White City.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Actually these quirky Eastern European cars like Yugos,Trabrants have a charm of their own.
      • 6 Years Ago
      The Yugo Skala 55 is my favorite. I love those boxy style 3 door hatches. Yugos have a bad reputation because no-one would perform basic maintenance. They were just considered disposable.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Take a good look because there lies the future of Detroit. Yugo=Fiat126
        • 6 Years Ago
        I don't know about the body, but the engine is an old Fiat 128 1100cc or 1300cc SOHC copy dating back to the mid/late 60's. Metallurgy was inferior to Fiat's. While a Fiat 128 engine will happily turn 10K+ RPM all day in a vintage racer, the Yugo crankshafts tend to detonate much, much earlier.
        • 6 Years Ago
        i am not trying to be smart but, isnt yugo based on some old rejected Autobianchi concept designed by guiguaro (or bertone i forgot) ,but never made into production...and that car was based on fiat 128 (not fiat 126)...but im not sure.
        • 6 Years Ago
        The Yugo was designed in Serbia. I don't believe that it was based on a FIAT. All the other Zastava cars were, however.

        As for Detroit, it seems to me that as long as people have jobs, that's a good thing regardless of whether they're building Yugos or whatever. They way things are going with the economy, we might be looking for these Yugos under rocks one day. Hopefully not, but....
        • 6 Years Ago
        The Yugo hatch which was sold in the States was actually based on the Fiat 127.
        • 6 Years Ago
        @Daniel McNeill

        See those two links below.

        Zastava 126 (known as Peglica in Serbian which means Little Iron *)
        *iron for ironing clothes


      • 6 Years Ago
      Svaka čast.
        • 6 Years Ago
        pljeskavice+lepinja forever...
        greetings from slovenia
      • 6 Years Ago
      Man this made my day. It's weird to say, but theres some really nice looking yugos there and 2x thumbs up for pljeskavice with fresh lepinje.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Friend of mine bought one new in the 80's.

      The car would start by itself every one in a while.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Despite the reputation and early quality issues, these were tough little cars. I had an old one as a field car for a while, and after off-roading, spinning, jumping it, overrevving it (the shift linkage was awful) and nearly flipping it tons of times it would always start up and go. They have a strange charm to them in that everyone that ever owned one rarely has anything bad to say about them.
      • 6 Years Ago
      John, What Zastava (Yugo) was ever based on the Fiat 126? The only rear engined one I know of was based on the Fiat 600.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Wow, seriously? A fan club for Zastavas? What's next, an Aztek Owner's Club? Truth be told, I do like the early rebadged Fiat 128s with the round headlights.

        • 6 Years Ago

        There is a Pontiac Aztec owners club... (note it was a much better vehicle than the yugo IMHO). They are functional... but ugly.
      • 6 Years Ago
      This is proof; no matter what car it is... someone is a fan.

      Even for Sebrings..
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