Let’s Go To Heaven In These Cars: Los Coches de Cuba
We never imagined that there would be tens of thousands of vintage cars, trucks, and motorcycles in Cuba until we saw it for ourselves.
We’d entertain ourselves by hanging out in front of our hotel to snap photos or ask the drivers what year their cars were. One of the guys on our tour would run out into the street, stop the driver, and take a picture! (Americano loco!)
Cubans buy the cars for 10-20,000₱ (Cuban Pesos) which is equal to $1.08 U.S. Most use them as taxis and also serve as their personal vehicles.
Many of the tourists, especially the men, were really reliving their pasts last week. I felt like I was an actress in an old movie, the setting equally as old or older.
In order to keep these cars running, the owners have to be very inventive since they cannot get parts from the U.S.—I really admire their tenacity.
We took an hour-long cruise in a red and white 1958 Oldsmobile convertible. The driver, Papo, told us that his family owned the car for which they paid 30,000₱. It was well-kept: the dashboard waxed, the chrome shiny, and the leather—soft and supple.
The cars were not the only things endearing, to me, about Cuba . . . but more on that later.
And, hey, if you can help me out with the year, make and model of any of these cars—comment with the information!
Daily Gratitude: sleeping in; my cuddly kitty; catching-up with mi amigas
Quote of the Day for YOU: Nostalgia is a file that removes the rough edges from the good old days. ~Doug Larson
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- Havana and the Other Cuba (theatlantic.com)