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Havana Cruising - The automotive dreams edition

by SV Crystal Blues 20 May 2018 05:25 UTC
Tourist rides, Central Havana © Neil Langford, SV Crystal Blues

After almost two months in Cuba, the sight of these 1950's juggernauts still makes me smile.

While Havana has thousands of beautifully restored tourist taxi's, the city also has many more un-restored versions, doing just what they were built for, more than 60 years ago.

A fair number of them have been skillfully re-worked under the hood, and improved to boot. An aussie friend in Havana runs a private tour operation using a beautiful 1956 Chevrolet - only it has a Toyota diesel engine, Toyota five speed gear box and four wheel disk brakes. Its also air conditioned, a rare luxury. On top its a '56 Chevy - underneath its a Toyota SUV. The only five speed column shift I've ever seen!

Don't get too excited - dreaming of buying one of these and bringing it home? The Cuban government has banned the export of these classics. They'll stay in Cuba forever.

This article has been provided by the courtesy of svcrystalblues.blogspot.com

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