Iconic Classic Cars in Havana
After a couple of trips to Havana you might tire of visiting old colonial forts and even classic cathedrals, but one thing Americans never tire of is seeing the old classic cars in Havana. See page on Havana for things to do.
The photos below are a few I took in September of 2017 before being chased off the island by Hurricane Irma.
The photo below shows taxis lined up in front of the new 5 star Gran Hotel Habana.
Keeping the original color is critical for U.S. car purists. In Cuba though, just keeping the car running is an amazing feat. The choices of paint colors cover the spectrum.
Taxis in Havana range from classic American cars, crappy Soviet era Ladas (be prepared to breath exhaust fumes), to Coco Taxis and pedicabs.
The pedicab is shown below.
The old cars match the old neighborhoods.
Wherever there are tourist locations you will find classic cars waiting for fares. This one is at Alamendares Park.
Tight streets make for interesting parking situations.
Keeping classic American cars running takes special skills in making and modifying parts. This is another example of Cubans doing the impossible.
Everyone should do a night drive on the Malecon in an old convertible. The surging water on one side, crumbling old pastel mansions on the other. Combine this with island music, rum, the sea breeze and you have an unbelievable experience.