Context: 20 years ago these things were literally free. I bought many for $200 or less, and got at least two for just hauling (or driving) them away. So cutting them up wasn't a sin.
Autocross special. The hood scoop was functional, as this car had a Fiat 1500 short-block, which made the engine tall enough to hit the hood. The pre-1988 1100 head bolted on, which raised compression and I gave it a hot cam from Faza. It would rev to 8,000 with the stock valvesprings, which in hindsight probably wasn't wise, but it did it, a lot. 1100 flywheel and Kevlar-faced clutch transmitted power to a welded diff. Wheels were 13x7, ancient ET mags. 185-50-13s if I recall correctly. Up front, coils were cut and the rear was lowered by putting a massive screw thru the floor to press down the center of the transverse leaf spring. It was good enough for runner-up in D Mod that year. Never could catch the guy with the Caterham.
The previous autocross weapon ended up on its roof. The next week I started building this one, and the first time I ran it, I had all the stickers on upside down.
Number 138 refers to the Fiat code for the 1500 engine (pulled from a rusty low-miles Strada).
This was a rare GVL, which was just a GV with somewhat nicer seats and integrated backup lights. Came to me with a blown engine (timing belt) and I put a high-milage spare in there. Had virtually no compression, but it ran and ran. Would start in 0-degree weather because no compression. Wheels are Lancia.
The pickup conversion was completed in one day, and looks it. But it worked, handy for hauling tires if you didn't need to haul too many.
This was my Cabrio. One of 75, 85 or 82 built, depending on who you ask. It had 18,000 miles when I got it, and not many more when I unloaded it. These were all 1990 models, but didn't have EFI. They started out as 1988 GVX'es, got shipped to American Sunroof in Michigan, languished during the bankruptcy and were ready for 1990. MSRP was 10 grand, if you can believe that.
HORRIBLE cowl shake, even on a smooth road. The carbureted 1300 gave a whopping 55 HP, up from the 1100's 45 . Woo hoo!
A yellow one just like this appears in The Birdcage, parked on the street.
Grille was originally silver, which didn't look good with the yellow so I changed it for a black one.
Pretty clean underhood. The red air cleaner top denotes the "hot" 1300 engine. All Yugos had the red timing cover.
Hey, remember that Strada that gave up its engine? Yeah, the hood fits perfectly over the back-seat area. Those are the same ET mags that went on the race car. This one came to me for $50 with a rod knock and busted clutch cable, and I drove it home, then cut it up. Back then paint was a lot cheaper than it is now, so I could afford to spray it.
Had a customer with a 750i who wanted his cracked grille replaced. This is my original Yugo, purchased new ($3990) and after paint and a few roundels I got a lot of compliments on it. People saw the roundels and missed the underlying Yugo. Really, that happened. You can see it wore a GVX bumper cover, later it inherited a 1300/5-speed combination. With its original engine I may have traveled
200 miles in 2 hours. OK, I did. The statute of limitations is up by now, surely.
1991 model, with EFI. Nothing real special about it but I took a pic anyway, and when's the last time you saw one?
Finally, my hot-rod GV Plus. Full GVX body kit, 1300 with EFI, actual Borbet wheels (13x7), 2" exhaust, roof rack and rear-window louver. Homemade cold-air intake, and I added air conditioning using the factory kit, which did a fantastic job of chilling my right knee. This one came to me as a wreck, needing fenders and front struts. Even in this terrible pic you can see the paint doesn't match. It had 9,000 miles on it when I got it. I added many more.
If you look close, you can see the red stripes on the passenger seat. Those came from a GVX.
Bosch EFI had a hard rev limiter at 6,000. Completely cut the fuel flow just as things were getting interesting.
In total, I owned, drove, cut up and parted out 25 of the stupid things. That's probably a record.