Book: Classic Cars of Cuba by Wayne Gerard Trotmancategories: Book, Classic Cars, Vacation, Caribbean, Yank Tanks, Car Restoration, Americana, American Cars, Photo Book, Coffee Table Book, Photography, Cuba
Wayne Gerard Trotmanabout this book: A lifetime after rolling off Detroit production lines, an estimated 60,000 yank tanks remain in active service on the streets of Cuba. The Caribbean's largest island has more classic cars per person than any other nation in the world.
Before the Cuban Revolution (1953–1959), when Cuba was the playground of the rich and famous, the best cars in the world were imported into the country. However, in 1962, mounting financial claims against the Cuban government, prompted the United States of America to extend its 1960 embargo, including virtually all Cuban imports.
Once Americans stopped conducting business with Cuban interests, new American automobiles and replacement parts became unavailable in Cuba. Furthermore, Cubans were no longer allowed to purchase cars under Fidel Castro's Communist Party. However, resourceful owners resorted to available items and devised inventive ways to maintain their 1940s and 50s vehicles. Cuba quickly became a living museum.
Purists may sneer at the customised, compromised, and cannibalised classic cars of Cuba, with mismatched grilles, trims and mirrors, and a general lack of pedigree. Nevertheless, there is no denying the stunning beauty of these uniquely Cuban hybrids and the sheer determination and ingenuity they represent. Flaunting sensuous lines, dazzling chrome, and imbued with more artistic sentiment than the rat-race functionality of their modern counterparts, the classic cars of Cuba have been iconic symbols of a quintessentially Cuban, time-warped dream.
However, rust never sleeps; and, with the number of road-worthy cars gradually diminishing, the era of the máquina must surely be well into its twilight years. This book is not intended for purists but for those who enjoy the romance, beauty and nostalgia of a bygone era. So, sit back and enjoy the view.
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