Those Fine Old Cuban Car

Thursday, 21 April 2016

On my last trip to Cuba in 2014 I was delighted to note that the old American cars seemed to be looking better than ever. Many of them resplendent in pastel shades that never featured on the Detroit colour charts back in their era.

IMG_6030 - Cadillac & MGA, Havana - 540▲ Two years later there’s no change although on my first day in Havana I had a nice reminder that the fine old cars are not purely American. Riding a taxi out to the Hemingway house we tucked in behind this very fine English MGA from the 1950s, that’s a 1957 Cadillac coming in the opposite direction. Later I also spotted an MG Magnette, the four door MG family car.

IMG_6089 - 59 Chevrolet - 540▲ Nevertheless it’s the Detroit iron we want to see, whether it’s the manta ray tail fins of a 1959 Chevrolet.

IMG_6073 - Dodge - 540▲ The scowling headlights of a 1959 Dodge …

IMG_6064 - Oldsmobile - 540▲ A classic 1955 Oldsmobile …

IMG_6416 - 56 Chevrolet - 540▲ Or simply a pastel pink 1956 Chevy Bel Air.