🇨🇺 Vintage Cuban Cars/ American Classic Cars ~ “HAVANA - CUBA” 🇨🇺 Part 1

Hi all 👋🏻

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Today I want to show you something special! Some of the amazing VINTAGE CUBAN CARS I saw, and today’s selection will come straight to you from the streets of HAVANA, the capital of CUBA 🇨🇺
As I thought these fine Cars should have a post on their own. 😎💃🏻

Some know I just love 🥰 Classic cars and I have owned myself quite a few over the years. That makes me a classic car enthusiast.
I also restored and fixed them myself… from metal work to the paint job, so you can imagine how EXCITED 🤩 I was and the FUN I had in Cuba seeing all the vintage classic (mostly) American cars.

Hope I can share my excitement with you today 🤩

Most cars, that you see in the streets are American classic cars from the years 1940 to 1960.
Apparently after that Cuba did not get any new cars delivered into the country anymore. And that is one of the reasons that you still see them nowadays.

So as some may know, the Cuban people have tried to maintain the existing cars the best they could over the years. In sometimes very ingenious ways. 😉
It still is a luxury for most to own a car in Cuba.

The Photos in this post are taken with my ‘late’ Canon eos 550D on 18 and 19 October 2019. This journey is also the time my DSLR “died”… and in some photos you do start to see it 😣 but I still will include them as they have some magical moments in them. ✨

As I have collected quite a large amount of photographs from these CARS in CUBA when we traveled to Cuba, so I decided I will write several different posts over the next weeks/ months and show you some of my photographs of these beautiful CARS I saw. This will also include Cars on a beach 🌊🏝😎 Yes, you read that right… on a tropical beach.
Also other parts (towns and cities) of CUBA will be represented in my posts to come, not only Havana.

So stay tuned if you don’t want to miss them 😁💃🏻🇨🇺

ARE YOU READY? Here we go…

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Walking around the streets of Havana we come across a road where taxi drivers wait for their fares. Nicely lined up behind each other.
Also local (classic) busses 🚌 can be seen here. The cars come in many different bright colours.

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If you look around this is a typical view you will see while visiting Cuba, don’t miss looking at the cars while you are looking at the architecture and design of the buildings, walking from one destination to the next. Do stop once in a while, talk to the people too. They want to share their stories with you.

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Along a plaza around midday you can see taxi drivers taking a nap in their cars 🚕😎 it was a warm day and some trees did give some shade…

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People gathering, working on their cars together. I see a theme here 😉

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Closer up at the FORD TAUNUS. Pretty cool don’t you think?

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A view from above… couldn’t be left out… looking over a terrace we see this Chevrolet from 1955.

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Here we see a beautiful example of a Pontiac and Dodge standing next to each other, enjoying the sun.

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Wandering the streets through old town we see the locals going on with their business… and the classic cars casually passing by 😎
Stop at a crossroad, watch the world go by, you will see the most interesting things.

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This is such a stunning Chevrolet Bel Air… Fourth generation (1959–1960) 🤩 my favourite from todays selection. 🥰
What do you think? Which one is yours?

More information about this car and all the different models you can Find in this Website!

It states:
”The Chevrolet Bel Air is a full-size car that was produced by Chevrolet for the 1950–1975 model years. Initially, only the two-door hardtops in the Chevrolet model range were designated with the Bel Air name from 1950 to 1952. With the 1953 model year, the Bel Air name was changed from a designation for a unique body shape to a premium level of trim applied across a number of body styles. The Bel Air continued with various other trim level designations, and it went from a mid-level trim car to a budget fleet sedan when U.S. production ceased in 1975. Production continued in Canada, for its home market only, through the 1981 model year.

The Chevrolet Bel Air, especially its third generation design, has been considered an icon of the 1950s. Well-maintained and preserved examples are highly sought after by car collectors and enthusiasts.”

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This car I just had to include, as it was so much fun to see hahaha 😎 located in the arty part of the city. It was modified a bit with artistic features.

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Sometimes you have to be quick… to capture an amazing classic car wissing by. It is not in focus, I know, but it is still a cool shot 😇 love the colours.

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New and older cars standing along side each other.

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Taxi drivers meet at a large square and show their beloved cars… waiting for tourists to go on a tour around the city. All are bright in colours.

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Friends meeting up in parks.

Next I was talking to this gentle man, can’t remember his name, but we talked about his car for a bit. How he kept restoring it and how proud he was having this job as a taxi driver and tour guide. He told me that he earns more than a lawyer, doctor or school teacher… doing what he is doing. (Needs to do, to provide for his family) I did hear that statement several times while progressing on our trip.
Then he showed me the following details of his Chevrolet Deluxe 🤩

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His proud and joy.

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The motor.

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The wheels.

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Interior.

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Side view.

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The owner of this beautiful car.
Sorry about the quality of this photograph, as mentioned before… my camera was dying already at this point. Can you even imagine on a trip like this hahaha 🫣🥺

More about this car and other models you can find In the this website!

It states:
”The Chevrolet Deluxe is a trim line of Chevrolet automobiles that was marketed from 1941 to 1952, and was the volume sales leader for the market during the 1940s. The line included at first a 4-door sedan, but grew to include a fastback 2-door "aerosedan" and other body styles.

It was with this generation that all GM vehicles experienced increased width dimensions to accommodate three passengers on the front bench seat and an additional three passengers on rear bench seat installed vehicles. This was accomplished with the deletion of running board thereby adding additional room inside the passenger compartment.

The original series ran from 1941 to 1948, after which a new body style was introduced for 1949, running through 1952. During the post-war years and continuing through the early 1950s, the Deluxe range was Chevrolet's sales leader, offering a balance of style and luxury appointments unavailable in the base Special series; and a wider range of body styles, including a convertible, Sport Coupe hardtop (starting in 1950), two- and four-door sedans and four-door station wagons.”

And with these last photographs and information…
That’s all for today’s post my friends 😊 it was so nice that you shared in my craze for Classic cars 😎 for a moment.
Cuba and it’s capital is beautiful and really worth discovering on a visit and seeing all these cars makes for a special experience… more posts will follow about Cuba 🇨🇺 and these #oldtimers #classiccar #vintagecar
As promised @heroldius here it is, part 1.

Until next time 😎
Hope you enjoyed my photos and seeing things through my eyes. Thank you for looking and reading 😊 🙏🏻 Really much appreciated!

Any questions or comments, let me know. Always happy to help.

Have a great Tuesday all 😎
Grtz Jackie

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