While the Zastava Jugo 45 (aka the Yugo) is the most famous automobile produced in the former Yugoslavia, it was not the most numerous or long-lived. That distinction goes to the Zastava 750, aka the Fica (pronounced “Feecha”), an East Bloc clone of the famous (at least in Europe) Fiat 600. Zastava is credited with producing the 750 for more than 20 years, for a total of more than 900,000 units before production ended in November 1985. Exactly when the 750 entered production is unfortunately unclear from what can be learned online, with the wikipedia page for Zastava Automobiles giving both 1955 (the same year Fiat itself put the 600 in production) and 1962 (specifically for a copy of the Fiat 600D). What is indisputable is that there are many 750s still around in the former Yugoslavia, including some unusual aftermarket “mutations”. And they get much more unusual than this:
Apparently, this vehicle is a combination of the 600D/750 body with the chassis of a Jeep Wrangler. The “KFOR” letters indicate that the vehicle belongs to the “Kosovo Force”, the UN-NATO peacekeepers of the former Yugoslav autonomous province of Kosovo, which throws a rather dark light on this reincarnation of the one-time icon of united Yugoslavia.
David N. Brown