All-around disc brakes. Rear-wheel-drive. Up to 72 horsepower. The Zastava 1300 (tristać) was destined to become Yugoslavia's favorite upmarket car
Zastava's annual production climbed to 13,719 units in 1960. The company entered the new decade with a replacement for the 1400: Fiat's 1100, shown in Geneva as the successor to the 1100 B.
Designed by Bertone, the 1100 would be produced by Fiat; Zastava; Germany's NSU Fiat, and by Austria's Steyr Fiat. It packed 36 horsepower through 1955; 40 until 1957 and, finally, 43 through its end in 1966.
With the advent of the 1961 Fiat 1300 and 1500 came Zastava's 1300/ 1500 series, produced as both sedans and wagons.
With all-around disc brakes; rear-wheel-drive, and up to 72 horsepower, the elegant tristać
was Yugoslavia's favorite upmarket car.
Today, many across the former Yugoslavia recall the 1300 as Zastava's best automobile ever: the Jugoslovenski Mercedes,
they call it. 201,160 copies of the 1300 and 1500 were produced from 1961 through December 20th
The Zastava 1300 and 1500: "Jugoslovenski Mercedes" (more)
Production capacity was expanded to 85,000 by the end of the '60s
1965 marked the official beginning of Zastava exports, with 6,000 cars sent to Poland.
In 1967, Zastava produced about 52,000 trucks and passenger cars; in 1968, 53,000.
Zastava signed a new contract expanding production and technological cooperation with Fiat. A $10 million investment expanded capacity to 85,000, with plans in place to reach 130,000 units within a five-year period.
In 1969, the Zastava Kamioni
(Zastava Trucks) division split from Zastava Automobili, and began producing Italy's Om trucks, rated for between 2.5 and 4 tons.
Today, Zastava Kamioni (www.zastava-kamioni.co.yu
) continues to make trucks through a partnership with Iveco.