It was a bold and somewhat weird move by Yugo. Yugo sold over 48,000 cars in the US in 1987. By 1989 that number had dropped to less than 11,000. Introducing an expensive (by Yugo standards) boutique car to a country that was running away from their standard, cheap cars made little sense.
Honestly, it's not a bad car. The top is power operated and actually fits pretty well. All Cabrios came in GVX trim. The engine is Yugo's 1.3 liter 4 and it has a 5 speed transmission. (Earlier Yugos came with a 1.1 liter engine and a 4 speed transmission. Oddly, while the 1990 1.3 liter engine in the sedan was fuel injected, the Cabrio came with a a carburetor. I have no idea why. My best guess is build date.) This engine / transmission combo didn't turn the Yugo into a rocket, but it was fun to drive in an old-school "keep the revs up" kind of way.
The eBay ad for this car is just plain annoying. It's someone's idea of a "cute" ad and gives no real information. It is being offered by a Ford dealer, so I guess the idea is that you're supposed to call them and you'll get the hard sell over the phone. (Uh, guys, it's 2013 and this is a Yugo. Just post some good pictures and leave a lot of details. The car will - or will not - sell itself.)
I have a soft spot for the Yugo. While it was by no means a great car, it was a car with personality and personality flaws. It was a throwback to many of the affordable European imports of the 1950s and 1960s.
On this Thanksgiving Day, after being thankful for friends, family, health and all the really important things in life, I am also be thankful that a few cars like this one still survive.
If you're looking for a rare, cheap car with tons of personality, this 14,000 mile Yugo Cabrio is worth checking out.
Located in York, PA, click here to see the eBay listing.