If you grew up in the 1980s, there’s a good chance that you remember the Yugo – that inexpensive, little Cold War car that was imported from behind the Iron Curtain and sold briefly in the US for around $4,000 new. America’s love affair with the Yugo, produced by Zastava, was short lived. Some have called it the “worst car ever” and one very pedantic historian even wrote a book about it.
But in Belgrade, capital of Serbia and of the former Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia, you’re likely to see at least one Yugo on every block. Some are well-kept, others not. Some even have roof racks, perfect for touring the industrial post-Soviet landscape of the eastern bloc countries. In honor of this vehicle of the proletariat, here’s a totally non-comprehensive tribute in pictures.