Monterey Car Week - The Other Yugo - 1989 Yugo GVL Long-Term Road Test

1989 Yugo GVL Long-Term Road Test


1989 Yugo GVL: Monterey Car Week - The Other Yugo

Josh Sadlier, Senior Editor on September 13, 2015

Intro | Pt 1 | Pt 2 | Pt 3 | Pt 4 | Pt 5 | Pt 6 | Pt 7 | Pt 8 | Pt 9 | Pt 10

As noted, our 1989 Yugo GVL wasn't the only car entered in the Kommunist Kar class. There was one other competitor.

A 1989 Yugo GVL.

1989 Yugo GVL

I thought the Edmunds Yugo's 41,000-ish miles might be the lowest in the country, but this one had 37,000 and change. It was also pretty close to a perfect 10 in all respects.

1989 Yugo GVL

That shiny cover isn't stock, but most other items are. The engine bay was unbelievably clean.

1989 Yugo GVL

The owner, a guy based in Fresno who has an 89-car collection, said someone once offered him $5,000 for this sticker alone. Hey, I'm just telling you what he said. He harvested the sticker from the original cover when he changed it out. Our sticker is missing; I checked.

1989 Yugo GVL

Look at how every single letter is dark and crisp. Ours still has this sticker, but it says something like "M D  I  Y G  LAV."

1989 Yugo GVL

The owner said he wouldn't take less than $12,500 for it. That's 13.2 Edmunds Yugos.

So why didn't it win the Kommunist Kar class? Most likely because it won last year, we learned. No self-respecting Concours crowns the same car two years in a row.

But you know, we might have won anyway. The Concours d'LeMons is supposed to be for "hoopties and rust buckets" and "an ugly oil stain on the Pebble Beach Auto Week." This car didn't have any stains at all. It was thoroughly out-hooptied by the Edmunds Yugo.

Josh Sadlier, Senior Editor

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