We will briefly try to explain why this car is so rare and where it actually came from. It is not simple at all.

You will probably remember Serbian Zastava thanks to its connection with the Fiat car company, but do you know the Yugo model? It was a small, 3.5 meter hatchback that was sold in several versions under several names. The Zastava Yugo 65 was for Germany or Latin America with a 1.1 engine with a Weber carburetor. The Yugo 45 with nine thousand was sold, for example, in England. In turn, the Yugo GV was sold in America, even with an automatic transmission. And then there was Innocenti.

It’s quite wild with this “car”, but briefly: The Italian manufacturer Innocenti made Lambretta scooters after the war and later switched to license production of cars. And it was wild, at first it was British Motor Corporation cars including the Austin 40 Farina or the Austin-Healey Sprite, which was sold as the Innocenti 950 Spider with Ghia bodywork. Later, Alejandro de Tomaso acquired the factory and renamed it Nuova Innocenti.

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In 1974, the Italian version of the classic Mini appeared under this brand with a Bertone body, which even received a sports version by Innocenti De Tomaso. Aren’t you lost yet? Fine – later Innocenti teamed up with the Japanese car company Daihatsu, which was looking for a partner to enter Europe. This meant new technology, and so the aforementioned redesigned Mini began to be sold under the name Innocenti Minitre.

During the 1990s, Innocenti was taken over by Fiat, at that time the company produced the Elba station wagon based on the Fiat Elba, a Brazilian station wagon based on the Fiat Uno. And it also produced Zastava Yugo under the name Innocenti Koral. But don’t take it to mean that the Italians produced a car from Serbia under license. I haven’t written something about the Yuga yet – underneath it all was an old Fiat 127 (yes, the history of the Zastava car company is also fun).

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If you’re already completely lost in it, it’s enough to know that the Zastava Yugo and the Innocenti Koral were one and the same car. And this car had a convertible version. In Italy, it was sold as a 65 Cabrio with a thirteen-seater under the hood. And this is a very interesting car. In the typical Italian red color and with black plastics on the lower part of the body, the cabriolet looked the world. In addition, he was proud of the aluminum wheels.

The engine produced 65 horsepower at 6,000 rpm, which was excellent for such a small car. With a five-speed gearbox, it was realistic to reach 150 km/h. The canvas roof was controlled electrically and the access to the luggage compartment was also unique, when the rear lid basically flipped out via hydraulic struts. Unfortunately, the same fluff that is in the models of the Zastava and Innocenti brands is also in the information about this model.

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Less than eight hundred thousand Yuga and his friends were produced. We know, for example, that the Zastava Yugo Cabrio was also sold in America, which was then supposed to be the cheapest convertible on the market there. In general, however, only a few hundred cabriolets were to be produced. Innocenti is said to have only a few pieces. Either way, you might not even notice this car on the road. This is an extremely rare convertible with an interesting history.