• Apr 11, 2010
The Yugofone and other interesting creations – Click above for image gallery

Remember Jason Vuic's book about the rise and fall of Yugo? Apparently, the inspiration for it came from the fact that an artist was able to buy 39 Yugos for $92 each. Those Yugos were given to students at The School of Visual Arts in New York and they were told to make something useful out of them.

And that's how you get the Yugo accordion from the book, the Yogofone (pictured above), and a Yugo grand piano with a plate reading "89 KEYS." This Yugobilia was displayed in New York's Grand Central Station and on a U.S. tour - probably the best things to happen to any Yugo anywhere. Ever.

BMW probably doesn't need to be worried about its art car franchise just yet, but the Bavarians might take some notes, just to be safe. Check out a few of the pieces in the gallery below, or click the link to check out another two dozen works of Yugo art.



[Source: Motobullet]


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      • 4 Years Ago
      Hard up for auto news, are we?
      • 4 Years Ago
      cool reviews.very very useful
      NIssan Patrol
      • 4 Years Ago
      I can't realize what is so funny about the Yugos for north americans... so many times I've seen something ridiculing or depreciate related to Yugos... if the funny is the size, well, so I can understand, because the world laugh about cars made for smal-d*ck men, as the enterprise Cadillac Eldorado or newers, like Concordes, Crown Vics, Hummers, Town Cars... but I think is not that, since there is so many little and old cars still in line so many countries... well, who knows...
        • 4 Years Ago
        I agree. they were cheap tin cans on wheels, but then look at how much they cost. I really don't think they were any worse than lots of crap that came out of US manufacturers in the 70s and 80s, but I think the biggest issue was inconsistency in quality. One of my Dad's coworkers commuted crazy miles so he bought three in a row for peanuts in the early 90s because they were essentially disposable cars.

        The first and the third lasted well over 200k miles without anything more than tires, shocks, muffles, batteries and a clutch, all of which cost pocket change. The second one seized its engine with only 28k miles. Apparently it was missing a bolt securing the main bearings from the factory.
        • 4 Years Ago
        It was a pile of crap. That's why we make fun of it.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Yugo was not any worse than craps like Pinto or Vega (or pretty much anything that came from Detroit from early 1970s until late 1990s).

        Yugo might be a crap car, but at least I will not burn alive in one (unlike Pinto)
      • 4 Years Ago
      Haha...I've seen these a few years ago live on display in NYC...There's even more pics in the source including a lighter, Stonehenge, and a confessional.
      • 4 Years Ago
      There is a potential art work at the dealer near my house (I Don't know if they are still in business, but they have a Yugo)

      Q. What do you need to start a Yugo?

      A. A gallon of gas....


      and a match.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Q. Why does a Yugo have rear a window defroster?
        A. To keep your hands warm when you push it.


        ...classic
      • 4 Years Ago
      I saw this (or something similar) about 12 years ago at the LA Auto Show. What am I missing? Is this news?
      • 4 Years Ago
      Forbes has its own list of Worst-Made Cars On The Road...some that may surprise you.

      http://www.forbes.com/2010/04/07/worst-made-cars-lifestyle-vehicles-gm-ford-chrysler.html?boxes=Homepagemostpopular
      • 4 Years Ago
      I saw these photos at least 3 years ago.
        • 4 Years Ago
        I remember seeing some of these cars back when I was a kid at the LA Autoshow, around the mid 90s. Why is this news?
      jdwex1117
      • 4 Years Ago
      Is there really a Yugo grand piano with 89 keys? A real grand piano has 88.
        • 4 Years Ago
        @jdwex1117
        It wouldn't be a Yugo if something wasn't screwed up.
        • 4 Years Ago
        @jdwex1117
        88 keys for the piano. One for the hand warmer... err... rear hatch.
      • 4 Years Ago
      $92 for a Yugo? I'm assuming they weren't running, because even for a Yugo that's a deal. I just bought a 1/43 scale model of a Yugo 45 on ebay for $21. To think I could have had the real thing for only $71 more! Yes, I ironically collect models of weird, strange, obscure and otherwise unloved cars....
      • 4 Years Ago
      This is old news, that art is over 10 years old. I remember seeing it at Navy Pier in Chicago when I was in high school.

      However, I have an employer that still works on Yugos. There are several customers that have them. If serviced like they are supposed to be, they will be as reliable as any cheapo econobox of the era.
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