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    Posted January 11, 2014 by
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    Cuba’s vintage cars

    Past their prime, but still on and kickin'

     
    I have always wanted to see Cuba. But when finally was about to set off to spend the holidays in there, I did not think about cars. What one thinks about when setting off for the Caribbeans? White sandy beaches, palms, sun and the rum (of course!). I was of course aware that the Cuba is a place where the time stood still and have seen plenty of photos showing old vintage cars, but have never actually paid particular attention to them. Already on the first day of my stay, I noticed these cars. Chryslers, Dodges, Chevs and such not anymore existing makes as Oldsmobile, Plymouth and Desoto. They were huge (noting alike these downsized tiny hatches that we have here in Europe), shiny (not all of them, though...) and with huge V-type engines giving absolutely amazing sound. The sound that is gurgling, thrilling and powerful. Showing what we lost in the never ending pursuit for better fuel efficiency. To my even greater amazement, I saw the cars that are the eastern contribution to the world cars manufacturing industry: soviet Ladas, Volgas and polish Fiats. It was really funny feeling seeing them in the middle of the Caribbean paradise. Straight away I wanted to have a ride with one of them. I cached the cab: it was old Chrysler from the mid 50s. I wish the cars nowadays had so much space in the rear. It was like sitting in a old comfy coach, relaxing not carrying about anything (no seat belts, of course!). It was like a trip back to the 50s, as in the movies. Incredible and fantastic.

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