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My passion is also my business, as I am with the Toronto based Hav-A-Kar Auto Group. I sell or lease any make of car, van or truck available in Canada. My interest in all things "car" has helped me with my many clients in Ontario over the past 20+ years. Please give me the opportunity to assist you.

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Tuesday: Cuba

Old car show in Toronto?  Nope this is a scene in Cuba. For years we've heard of the treasure trove of old American iron driving around Cuba  -  cars from the 40's and 50's just waiting to be scooped up for a song (your choice). Well, yes and no........yes there are lots of old American cars and yes, they probably could be had for a song, so what's the catch? How about the fact that most of them are crap  -  loads of body filler and maybe a Lada motor.

This 1956? Olds junker typifies what most of these Cuban dream cars are all about.......body work and dents, maybe even a roof chopped off (kind of scary), lumbering along on old tractor or truck tires.

a slightly better 1957 Dodge

a mouldy 1960 Austin Westminister like my folks used to have

a 1957 Buick with typical fender mounted brake lights - a local innovation

One sees books on the cars of Cuba, but all they show are the beauties and yes, there are a few of those, but "few" is the operative word here. I think the Americans are salivating over the prospects of being able to travel to this island and scoring a classic  -  boy are they going to be surprised.

More on another day.

Until next time........ 

1 comment:

  1. Right on. Although there were indeed a few nice looking ones to be found, I never heard a V8 apart from in a Russian truck.