Harley-Davidson: The AMF Years

In the year of 1969, the Woodstock music festival took place in upstate New York, American astronauts landed on the moon, and the AMF corporation took over production of Harley Davidson motorcycles.

Prior to the acquisition of Harley-Davidson, American Machine Foundry, or AMF was primarily known for its bowling equipment and other recreational items. AMF basically tossed the then-financially shaky Harley-Davidson a financial life preserver, and maintained ownership of the motorcycle company for a dozen years.

While there were, and still are plenty of fans of the AMF-era Harleys, there were also lots of Harley purists who weren’t too thrilled with the whole idea of a sporting goods manufacturer producing the classic American motorcycle.

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Q• How do you double the value of a Yugo?

A• Fill the tank with gas! (If it can still hold liquid. If not, put a can of beer in the back seat.)

Q• What do you call a Yugo that breaks down after 100 miles?

A• An overachiever.

Q• How do you fix a broken Yugo?

A• 1) Lift off the radiator cap.
A• 2) Push off cliff.
A• 3 drive brand-new one underneath radiator cap.
30-mile/3-day warranty included!)

Q• What is found on the last two pages of every Yugo owner’s manual?

A• A bus schedule.

Q• What do you call the shock absorbers inside a Yugo?

A• Passengers.

Q• What does a Yugo have in common with a Ferarri?

A• A Ferarri can go from 0 to 60 in 4 seconds.
A • A Yugo can go from 0 to 4 in 60 seconds.

Remember the Yugo? Jason Vuic would like to remind you of its not-so-illustrious story. The Yugo: The Rise and Fall of the Worst Car in History is Vuic’s book on the tiny, no-frills, breakdown-prone automobile imported from communist Yugoslavia in the 1980s that is better known today as a punchline than a piece of machinery that might (or might not) take you from point A to point Y.