Friday, October 14, 2011

I don't think so...

Now, granted, I'm a fan of Yugos (and other Italian vehicles as well - yes, the Yugo was manufactured in Yugoslavia, but it's basically a Fiat 127).  Yep, I said it, and I mean it.  And why did I start this post by saying that?  Because, even though I actually kind of like the little cars, this is ridiculous.  Some auto dealer in Texas wants $7999 for a 1986 Yugo GV.  Yes, it's in remarkable condition, and has only 78k miles on it.  But come on - that's more than twice the original list price ($3990)!  I'm sorry, but "cheapest car in America" just doesn't qualify to double its price because the quality control was pathetic, Americans who could afford the car didn't care to take care of them, and as a result there are so few running around these days (there were only 141,511 of them sold in the US to begin with).  Interestingly, the vehicle was in production through 2008 (see Wikipedia article).  Here's a picture of a recent model:

Yeah, neat little car.  The guy at Apple Motors (in Denver, CO) likes them (among other Italian autos) too; I recall one time he had a hot-rodded Yugo for sale in his pre-owned autos section, and I think he used to race them as well (although I might be making that up).

Anyway, back to the original reason for this post - the twice-its-original-value economy car.  Yeah, I don't think so.  Maybe the original list price is a fair value for the car, but half the cost of a new Chevy Sonic or Hyundai Accent?  I don't think so.

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