Mention Cuba and the first image that pops into most people’s heads is old cars. Tens of thousands of vintage American cars are scattered throughout the county, manufactured before the revolution . Everywhere you look in Cuba, there is a colorful old American brand, ranging from Chevys to Plymouth, Oldsmobile to Studebaker.
Due to the U.S. embargo and local restrictions on car purchases, Cubans’ 50 year old cars have given that country a unique look.
So while these classic cars may look like a collector’s dream, it is very difficult to get spare parts and keep them going.
On almost every street I passed, people were looking underneath their cars or hood, fixing and keeping their cars running any way possible!
With U.S and Cuba relations thawing, however, I wonder how long this visual automotive gallery will last.