Cohort Pic(k) of the Day: RWD Saab 93 Spotted In Cuba

RiveraNotario spotted a rare beast Cuba, in more ways than one. I’ve never seen images of a Saab in Cuba, but then it’s not that surprising that a few would have made their way there. But this one is clearly showing the same creative engineering that so many old cars do in Cuba after the original engines wear out: It’s quite obviously had a conventional engine with a driven rear axle transplanted; most likely a diesel engine out of a Lada or such. Its rear axle is sticking out noticably, and it looks to be set further back too, and covered with a home-brew fender.

Here’s how the original looks:

Its rear axle is narrower, and the rear wheel tucks nicely into its tapering body back there.

It’s hardly surprising that this swap took place, as these two-stroke Saab engines weren’t exactly pillars of longevity, and getting parts for them in Cuba would have been next to impossible. I’m sure there was some interesting surgery that went on to make this happen, but the Cuban car doctors are in a league of their own, as we’ve seen here over the years.