About half of the old American vehicles on Cuba’s streets are from the 1950s, with Chevrolets more numerous than any other make. Another 25 percent are from the 1940s, with the remainder from the 1930s.
Except for a handful of newer automobiles belonging to diplomats, no American cars have been shipped to Cuba since 1960, when the Eisenhower administration imposed a ban on all U.S. exports to the island following Fidel Castro’s rise to power
Favorite thing: Since the embargo has been in place many cuban's have resorted to repairing and maintaining their old 1950's automobiles. It makes for a trip back into history, Happy Day's or something similar comes to mind.
Favorite thing: Perhaps Havana is the only place where you can see old American cars in front of a Spanish colonial style house. Only the exterior of many of these cars from the 50s and 60s is originial, the parts and engine are possibly made in Russia or homemade! You can ride in one of them, as many are taxis.
The old American cars in Havana (and in Cuba) are fascinating - it's like a time trip. Some of them are rusty, but others are meticulously maintained.
Fondest memory: These guys were so friendly when they saw I wanted to take a picture of their beautiful car.
See the buildings and the old cars. Spanish colonial times gave one legacy and the American colonial times gave the other.
The cars are fabulous and quite rare in the world today. It's next to impossible to buy one as a foreigner and take it home, such a shame!
Havana is one of the few places you can go in the Western Hemisphere that hasn't been influenced heavily by North American culture. Ever since Kennedy but trade restrictions in place, Cuba has had very few imports. This is very evident just be looking at all the cars people drive.
Fondest memory: Seeing all the old chevs driving around!
This car looks like a red whale, it's amazing.
Fondest memory: Actually, being in Havana is like really being in the Buena Vista Social Club film - and the classic cars just add to this feeling.