Started A new topic here …thought it was interesting enough. So how do we get them ?
Did a simple search and found this:
RE: Old Cars In Cuba:
About 150,000 classic cars existed at the time of the 1959 Cuban Revolution when the U.S. imposed a trade embargo on Cuba. After this, international trade was made very difficult, so the cars that were present at the time have been nurtured and cared for ever since.
Of the 60,000 classic cars in Cuba, about half are from the 50s, another 25 percent from the 40s and a similar number from the 30s. Brands include Chevrolet, Ford, Cadillac, Buick, Plymouth, Chrysler, Dodge, Willy’s, Oldsmobile and De Soto – vintage models of all of these can be seen on Cuba’s roads today.
As a clash of cultures and ideologies, few experiences compare with that of rounding a corner in the heart of Old Havana with its crumbling baroque buildings and coming face to face with a gleaming 1955 Thunderbird that looks as if it had just been driven off the lot.
Cubans are increasingly aware of the value of classic cars, particularly when visiting Americans become nostalgic about them. They realise that there is business to be made from hiring them out, and it is therefore possible for those on holiday to Cuba to hire out a classic car for the duration of their stay. Although there are more classic cars in the US overall, an American would have to go to Cuba to see a concentration of the cars filling the streets like a snapshot of 50s USA come to life.
I’m thinking all of us ODF guys pool our money, rent some old tramp freighter, and sail on over. One of us must have some sort of “Captains” license……. 😮 😯 😯 😎
“Barnacle Bill” Casey should have a license ❓
Hey Dino, we are 1/3rd Of the way to Cuba !! We now have”Captain Bob” !! Some bucks and a boat, and we are on our way !! 😆 😆 😆 😆
Did some research… Canada still trades with Cube,and if they have the money ..can buy parts. Most are patched together with whatever they can find. Remember ..It’s COMMUNIST…they get about $ 9. a month from the government to live on. Most have Russian or Chinese replacement motors and a lot run diesel. They really get creative to keep them going.When the revolution took place ,you were allowed to keep what you had…most can’t buy anything or own it ,so they keep these things going anyway they can. Chain link fence cut up for welding rod and tap into power lines for electricity. Make their own replacement brake pads and fix the bodies with old street signs. But Some people “Had” money and have nice cars in great condition. Most are real rat rods. The government “Knows” what the good ones are worth and put big import tax on things. Thats if you can get it to a South American country ,to get it to US.
We could really be in trouble with this group !Jenkins would be arrested for steeling Castro’s cigars, Borgnine would be arrested for some warrant out for “McHale”, and our “Freighter”, disguised as a “Party Boat”, would be confiscated as evidence !! 😮 😯 😥 😥 😥
Dino, this is way too much fun !! 😆 😆
Damn,if you wait long enough,they’ll make a raft out of those old cars,and float them over.It wouldn’t be the first time. 😯
I think most of them have been powered by diesel,or hopped up lawnmower engines. 🙄