It’s estimated that there are tens of thousands of 50s cars rumbling around the streets of Cuba. Many are in use as taxis.

A favorite gathering spot for them is in the parking lots beside the Capitolio building near Central Park.

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Cars from the 1950s and earlier are part of Cuban life, though few are in good condition. Most are hanging together on a wing and a prayer as they rattle over the pot-holed boulevards, their suspensions shot.

“We make an invention” a Cuban will tell you as he cobbles together a carburetor from East European parts.

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You will find everything from a convertible Edsel... for rent as a wedding car... to an assortment of multi-colored Chryslers from the past.

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In the 1950s, Cuba was the top world export market for Cadillacs, with one of the highest ownership ratios per head anywhere in the world.

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The export of these cars is no longer permitted so the cars are fated to cruise the streets of Havana forever.

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