View Full Version : Cuban Cars

07-12-2004, 11:16 AM
This looks like it will be a good cable TV show. The link to the photo gallery is pretty good. Check the TV listings in your area (Sundance Channel in my area....I'm not sure if it will be aired ouside North America):



07-12-2004, 11:56 AM
I was in Havana a few years ago and saw the wildest variety of fifties' American cars imaginable. Scores of Chevies and Fords, none of which were stock. All were heavily modified and "decorated" to fit the needs of their owners.

I was not surprised. The Cuban people are forced to improvise and do it very well. They're very innovative and colorful people.

It's a tremendous tragedy that the brutal and inhumane Castro regime has survived so many years. Maybe soon, they'll get a taste of democracy. Then, Cuba will once again be "the pearl of the Antilles".

07-12-2004, 07:18 PM
I wonder if they will mention the cuban car boats that tried to make it to florida. Those were the most inventive things I've seen in awhile.

07-13-2004, 01:54 AM
A friend of mine recently spent about a month wandering around Cuba. He took about nine rolls of film, from what he told me up to half of them were pictures of old cars, haven't seen them yet, in the plans...

It has always fascinated me how they keep old cars on the road in countries like Cuba, Philipines, India, etc... I'm in contact with a guy in Pakistan who owns a 1964 Vauxhall Victor in original condition! He told me that Victor's were quite popular there in the 1960's. He has also told me that there are still some of them running around the country but that his is probably one of the only original-spec examples left there, he is currently restoring it and plans to keep it original.

07-13-2004, 11:05 AM
It's amazing how the Cubans, without access to spare parts, keep this old Detroit Iron running....with only spit, bailing wire, and ingenuity.

Still, in all, 1950's American cars were pretty simple.

Can you imagine how long any modern car....with all of it's computer controlled technology, multi-point fuel injection, climate control, power everything....would last?