Vintage Cuban Cars (Máquina)

In april 2011 I travelled through Cuba. One of the things Cuba is well known off, besides rum and cigars, are old american cars of the 50’s and 60’s.

In 1962 a U.S.A. embargo against Cuba was introduced which effectively cut trade between these 2 countries. This meant no replacement parts could be imported for the american cars driving the Cuban roads. Currently, the only way to keep these cars on the road is by using Cuban ingenuity to adapt household products and Soviet technology into these vehicles. Approx. 60.000 of these vintage cars are still driving on the roads in mixed maintenance conditions.

Another familiar sight on the Cuban roads and cities are dutch buses. Since 1991 old outdated buses are exported to Cuba where they are beeing taking into service again. No changes are beeing made to the destination and line numbers. 🙂

Here are some photos of old american cars in Cuba.