Discussion in 'General' started by skidzam, Mar 14, 2018 at 12:30 AM.
Hilarious! Now, if it was a Bricklin that would really have been something lol.
I'm always amazed by the condition of the cars in Cuba, it's almost like the Island that time forgot.
In 1959, after Fidel Castro banned the importation of foreign vehicles, Cubans had to make their cars last and they did...at least on the outside. Under the hood, is another story. But, the Cuban people are incredibly resourceful and give new meaning to the idea of hybrid engines.
Check out these Barbie cars:
Crazy colors, great fun! I'd love to visit there someday, hopefully before they allow new cars lol
It does go to show how wasteful we are though, there has to be a better way than constantly replacing things. It's not just about being frugal either, it's about secondary and tertiary markets in parts, maintenance and accessories becoming stronger contributors to our economy.
love that Chevy.. I was just in Havana and did not see it !!! good find !!!
Nice job Marie. Good to see that you saw and photographed a few of their vintage cars.
@Shadowside Both new and old cars are evident in Cuba. The resourceful Cubans have turned the classic cars into taxis, which allows them to augment their meager government stipend.
@SausalitoDog You didn't miss it, the shot of the Chevy was taken in Trinidad, not Havana.
@CWRailman How could I not at least photo a few of their incredible cars. It's obligatory!
Ahh. Chevies in Triadad. The farthest we got from Havana was Santa Maria beach.
In the movie The Godfather II when Michael's in Cuba it's 1959. The car's being driven are of that time frame even thought II was shot in 1974. What I find funny is the Cuban's are still driving the cars used in Godfather II.
Great shots Marie.
Glad you had a great trip with Damien.
Where are the bongo session shots?
Like skidzam mentioned, under the hood would surprise you. A Chevy may have a Ford transmission and a Dodge radiator fitted. The U.S. embargo made them masters of rigging things that worked to keep them going.
When my father ran an auto machine shop here in the U.S., he took on a gentleman that was a Cuban émigré. Probably was the late '60s. I worked there part time as a teenager. I recall seeing the man intently working on something at his workbench. He had a bearing and he was trying to find which ball had gone bad in order to try to remove that one from the bearing race and replace it with a new one. We had to explain to him that here we just throw that bearing away and walk over to one of the parts aisles and get a new one from the shelf. It took him a bit to realize we were telling him the truth and not messing with him.
Imports of cars was stopped in 1959 when Castro took control. However the exception was cars and vehicles from Russia. That ban was somewhat lifted around 2013 however most Cubans cannot afford new cars so most that are imported are previously owned/used models. While the old cars do look vintage many have been remotored with diesel engines from various sources such as the Russian vehicles and including some marine engines which is obvious when you hear them run.
@jknights You'll have to get that one from Damien. What happens in Cuba, stays in Cuba. It was great fun!