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Cars of Cuba

When Fidel Castro came to power in 1959, he made it illegal for anyone to import cars without government permission. In 1962 a United States embargo against Cuba was introduced, effectively cutting trade between the two 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.


Now, with the easing of relations between the U.S. and Cuba, some of the nearly 60,000 vintage cars in Cuba called Yank tank or máquina could eventually make their way into collectors’ hands stateside.

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