Curbside Classicos Of Cuba, Part II

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Turns out that our first visit to Cuba last week was just the teaser. Bowen/Flatblack66 has posted a bunch more, and man, are they fueling my desire to get down there. Next winter, for sure. Turns out that the US gives out special visa/passes to journalists. So pour yourself a mojito, kick your imagination in high gear, and take in some more wheeled sights, like this superb shot of an old English Ford Consul on the beach. All it needs is a girl, appropriately dressed for the occasion.

Here’s an old Chebbie in front of one of the many large mansions that were almost inevitably abandoned by their wealthy former owners. Unless theyr owners stayed behind, they’ve been appropriated by the state, and turned into apartments. If you want a fab read about this era, “Waiting For Snow In Havana”, is the autobiographical story of a kid growing up in a comfortable family, and then sent to the US as an eleven-year old. Great insights into what life was really like then, just before, during and after the revolution.

Here’s a real veteran, an old Plymouth (or Dodge?).

This gaudy Studebaker really fits in with its surroundings.

Wide-tracking wasn’t really the most practical thing to do in Old Havana’s narrow streets.

A ’56 Plymouth ready for work.

During the Soviet era, Ladas were the predominant new car. This one’s already starting to look pretty vintage. Maybe someday Russian tourists will flock to Cuba in order to check out the Soviet-era vintage cars still on the street.

Can’t not have a ’55 Chevy. This one has obviously been restored to a higher standard, and not a taxi or basic transportation. There are active car clubs for enthusiasts who can afford to restore their old yanqui tanks.

This is obviously a taxi, a 55 Plymouth. They’ve almost all been “upgraded” with Russian diesel motors (typically), as well as other running gear.

I’m also adding a few shots flatblack posted in the comments in Part 1. This Corvair, obviously a 1960, shows a very tail-high attitude. The rear wheels must have a healthy amount of positive camber. Ralph Nader does not endorse this approach. I suspect it’s to get the adequate ground clearance for heavily rutted roads.

This one gives us a bigger view of the old Anglia panel van, a ’52 Ford hardtop, and a quite contemporary Mercedes van.

Time to say goodbye.