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Autotrader Find: 1988 Yugo For $5,500

If you’re like me, and I sincerely hope you aren’t, then you log in to Autotrader each day hoping to find a Yugo. And each day you log on, you’re disappointed to find that Autotrader is, once again, Yugoless. Well, not today.

This vehicle was recently listed: A 1988 Yugo GVL, which must be some tremendously upscale version of the car because this one has full carpeting. It’s finished in white with a gray cloth interior, and it’s traveled just 49,600 miles from new, a figure the seller claims was added almost entirely in the San Francisco Bay Area, meaning rust is unlikely. The Carfax report seems to back this up, noting a few smog checks between 1992 and 2012, though it had been designated a “gross polluter” during one of the later ones in 2012.

The car is now with a dealer called Webber Motors in Jacksonville, Florida, and it’s in unusually nice shape. The exterior looks nice — for a Yugo, anyway — and the original window sticker is included in the photos, showing a base price of $4,499, plus two options — a $99 “appearance package” and a $139 rear washer and wiper. A few shipping and handling charges are also tacked on, bringing the price to $5,271.50 — about $11,000 today.

Fuel economy is listed on the window sticker at 28 miles per gallon in the city and 31 mpg on the highway, and the sticker also touts the “Yugo Extended Service” plan, which boasts “Many Exciting Features,” though you’ll have to “ask your salesman” for details.

According to the ad, Webber Motors purchased it about a year ago and has been driving it since, and it runs fine — and attracts a lot of attention. This Yugo is for sale for $5,500, which is probably the least amount of money you can spend for a truly iconic car. Although “iconic,” in this case, isn’t necessarily a good thing.

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  1. I bought mine brand new in 88 and put 43,000 miles on it at an average speed of 100mph. Then it through a rod. Changed out the engine with a used one and got another 23,000 but not above 60mph.

  2. No matter how badly a car may have been designed, it’s got to be worth something if it’s the last one on earth!

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