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Classic Red American car at Dawn, Havana, Cuba by buttonpresser

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Classic Red American car at Dawn, Havana, Cuba

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Yank tank or máquina are the words used to describe the many classic cars (for example: 1957 Chevrolet, 1953 Ford, 1958 Chrysler, etc…) present in Cuba with an “estimated 60,000” of them still driving the roads today. In 1962 an embargo was placed on Cuba by the United States, effectively cutting trade between the countries. This meant that the cars in Cuba, could no longer receive new replacement parts when something broke. Currently, the only way to keep these cars on the road today is by using Cuban ingenuity to adapt household products and Soviet technology into these vehicles. If a car is unable to be repaired at the time, the car is usually either “parked” for future repair or “parted out” (to produce extra income for the owner’s family) so that other cars can remain on the road. During the years of Soviet Union influence on Cuba, Ladas, Moskvitchs and Volgas became the main cars imported by the communist regime, mainly for state use. As a result of these internal economic restrictions, until this day there is also no such thing as a new or used private European or Asian automotive dealership branch in Cuba for independent purchasing by normal Cubans.

The only American cars that can be purchased for private use in Cuba (with “particular” plates) are those that were previously registered for private use and acquired before the revolution. However, if the owner doesn’t have the proper paper work “called a traspaso”, the vehicle cannot be legally sold. American cars that were present, at the time of the embargo, have been preserved though loving care and ingenuity. And since there were many of these, due to the presence of a past strong Cuban middle-class classic cars have been the standard, rather than an exception in Cuba.

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Due to time constraints I’ve decided that I’ll not spend time just saying individual thanks when someone comments on my work. Far better I feel to spend time looking at their portfolio & enjoying & commenting on their work, by way of thanks for visting & commenting on my work.

Of course I’ll say thank you to our hardworking hosts when featured, and sometimes you just have to answer a question, but apart from that I’m in silent mode.

As a child my plane crashed in the Himalayas & I was raised by an advanced civilisation that taught me photography, ESP & precognition, no, wait that was the Champions wasn’t it?

Ah well, 50+ & getting more muddled by the day.

Hope you enjoy my work, and feel free to buy anything you like enough. :-)

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  • Photography  by Mathilde
    Photography b...almost 4 years ago

    Fabulous image and processing – favourite for sure, Dave !! also great information regarding all these “old” cars x

  • Berns
    Bernsalmost 4 years ago

    Gorgeous Dave, expecting to hear gunfire erupt an mo! Real old ganster feel!

  • SPFisher
    SPFisheralmost 4 years ago

    incredible dave!

  • sarnia2
    sarnia2almost 4 years ago

  • Kornrawiee
    Kornrawieealmost 4 years ago

    Greeting from Bangkok; your work is the splendid art dear..

    Hug someone you love everyday, nice relationship will warm at heart:)

    Best regards,


  • Chris Chalk
    Chris Chalkalmost 4 years ago

    Love the rich colours, lovely image mate!

  • mscornwall
    mscornwallalmost 4 years ago

    fantastic :) xxx

  • trish725
    trish725almost 4 years ago

  • Ray Wells
    Ray Wellsalmost 4 years ago

    love the image.fantastic capture

  • riata66
    riata66almost 4 years ago

    Oh wow, I’ve not seen one of these cars for years. Fantastic image full of character and color.

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