Evocative images of the many iconic classic cars that cruise the streets of Havana are something almost every visitor wants to capture on camera and later share at home to show and recall their unforgettable visual impact.
Such classic cars, many preserved in the same pristine condition in which they came off the production line 50 or more years ago are for Cubans, quite a common sight.
The astounding number of classic cars on roads all around the Island has roots in restrictions on automobile imports imposed by the U.S. shortly after the triumph of the Cuban Revolution in 1959.
They have survived thanks to the extraordinary creativity of their Cuban owners, who have either replaced spent parts with amazingly inventive alternatives or tirelessly searched to find originals.
Cuba has become a virtual paradise of beautiful and sought after 1950s classic cars such as Chevrolet, Cadillac, Buick, Plymouth and Studebaker.
Even some cars from as far back the 1920s can be seen on the roads, remarkably well maintained and repaired.
Popularly known as “Almendrones,” many also serve as communal taxis for locals and form an integral part of the public transport system in Havana.
They circulate alongside more modern vehicles that also maintain the capital city in motion.
Colorful and ingeniously maintained Almendrones are undoubtedly now one of the trademarks of the wonderful and enchanting city of Havana.Share on FB Share on TT