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Mar 4, 2010 10:30 am


Did you know that Yugos were constructed in a factory that previously made hand grenades?



...The briskness of the initial Yugo sales was the good news. The bad news was that Zastava's factory in Kragujevac, Serbia, was not ideal for the manufacture of automobiles. It had previously been used for making hand grenades, which might explain some of the Yugo's eccentricities. Morale at the plant was high, elevated by a copious supply of plum brandy, which the workers began drinking at eight in the morning and continued drinking during breaks, on the assembly line, and in spontaneous toasts. The brandy made for happy employees but unhappy customers. Unlike my BMW, which took a quarter-century of being parked outside to develop rust, early Yugos came from the factory with rust spots already showing in the trunk....



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