As the freeze of relations between Cuba and America continues its thaw, Cubans look forward to being able to profit from their old cars. Conventional wisdom is that these vintage cars will disappear once Cubans are free to sell them to American collectors who are waiting in the wings salivating to get them. Whether this happens we’ll have to wait to see. But these cars have a story to tell.
Most of the old cars were purchased more than 50 years ago by relatives of the current drivers. When Cuba turned to communism, it decided if everyone couldn’t own a car, no one should. But an exception allowed people who already owned cars to keep them. Ingenuity and necessity taught Cubans how to keep these cars running and looking shiny and new well beyond their intended life.