Cuba is factually a rolling car museum. Everywhere you look for cuba cars you will find an old-school American brand vehicle, ranging from Oldsmobile to Chevrolet, Buick to Ford with a nice sampling of Chrysler’s old Plymouth brand. There’s even a few Russian Volgas thrown in the mix. These are some of the vehicles that the majority of American car lovers would spend hundreds of thousands of dollars on and they are used as Cubans’ everyday vehicles.
The time-warp feel to the place stems from the imposition of the U.S. embargo in 1962, during which American companies were no longer permitted to do any business in Cuba. Once in place, it was not possible to get new American cars or parts.
Though the island floats only 90 miles away from Key West, Florida, Castro had placed a ban on foreign vehicle imports, making it nearly impossible to buy a brand-new, foreign-made vehicle. It also made it difficult to buy new parts and fuel for the old-school American cars Cuba is known for.
Apart from that due to the imposition the Cubans weren’t permitted to buy cars. They could only be given them by the government. And the government never had enough money to import cars en masse from Europe or Asia.
FEW DEPICTIONS OF CLASSIC CARS
- Due to the difficulty in buying new parts for these vintage cars these vehicles are kept running through a hodgepodge of hand-built, improvised parts.
- During the Soviet era, Russia sent Ladas, which, despite being newer, didn’t last as long as the American cars.
- The present government has abolished the need for permission to purchase a foreign-made car. So now, Cuban consumers can purchase more modern vehicles if they can pay the hefty price. But it’s difficult to comprehend a Cuba without its classic cars.