Raul Castro is changing the way life works in Cuba, lentamente. According to Reuters, the island ruler sent several hundred reforms to the annual Commuist party congress, and one of them just approved now allows Cubans to buy and sell cars made after 1959. Previously, only cars that predated the island's Communist revolution could be commercially traded by anyone not specifically given permission by the government.

That gives the 11-million-strong populace access to other makes like the Lada, Nissan, Isuzu and Mercedes-Benz models that the well-connected have been able to drive in the intervening 52 years. However, even though the new law states that owners can act "without any prior authorization from any entity," it doesn't mean it's open season: there remain limits on things like importing and ownership of cars. Castro said the law will help ensure the survival of Cuban Communism.

Now they just need to address the fact that the average Cuban makes about $18 a month.


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      JR
      • 3 Years Ago
      Time for a "Cuban Spring".
      flammablewater
      • 3 Years Ago
      The $18 they make is in USD which is about $450 to the Cuban people since everything is so heavily subsidized. Certainly not a lot of money, but by no means impoverished like so many other Caribbean nations. The people there are well fed, even if they can't afford an iPod (and so long as they don't speak out against the government)
      _M7_
      • 3 Years Ago
      sorry for been some sort cruel but ...HOW are they going to BUY somthing? buy somthing between them or from the exterior?...couse the only who can buy mercedes its fidel
      Gribble
      • 3 Years Ago
      What's it take to import a '50s (or older) car? I'm thinking many Cubans could make themselves a lot of money by selling their very rare antique American car to people in America where many of these cars could fetch high five figure prices (and above), buy a new Kia (which will be more reliable and practical for the average Cuban) and pocket the price difference. Seems like a great way to increase the countries wealth.
        Rampant
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Gribble
        Right, as if the Cuban government will ever allow that.
      Timothy Tibbetts
      • 3 Years Ago
      Holler when they can ship cigars over. It involves boats when it happens so it sort of fits on Autoblog ;)
      Timothy Carey
      • 3 Years Ago
      But they still have better healthcare than americans.
        Orlando Soler
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Timothy Carey
        I'm Cuban and you my friend, have no idea what you are talking about. Take a quick look at that "better" healthcare that you think we have over there http://secretoscuba.cultureforum.net/t6251-cuba-hospitales-gratis-para-el-pueblo
        Frank
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Timothy Carey
        I second Orlando. My wife is Cuban and her dad would tell me what it was like living under Castro's communism. "Free" health care is pretty useless if it's lousy.
          Orlando Soler
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Frank
          Yeah Frank, it's sad how some people are still blindfolded :)
          nea
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Frank
          and if it's anything like the former Eastern Bloc, it's not really free either. Sure, the state might not demand any money for whatever crappy healthcare you do get, but good luck getting any doctor or nurse to take care of you without a little "financial stimulus" if you know what I mean. Otherwise, have fun waiting for six hours just to be told "we don't have any medicine right now, sorry".
        sirjaysmith
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Timothy Carey
        ha ha. dork. Just because the system fits your twisted ideology doesn't mean its better. Get over yourself already.
      mike999
      • 3 Years Ago
      My friend's mom makes $2 a day as a pornstar on the computer. Type getrichdotcom into your internet to see ****** make money!!!
        Lachmund
        • 3 Years Ago
        @mike999
        such important news and you have nothing in mind except fooling around?!
          creamwobbly
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Lachmund
          Lighten up. The story has nothing to do with cars, really, does it? And it's not like there's a significant contingent of the readership going to read it here first... Autoblog is blogging about politics again, so what better place to jab at the spammers?
          Lachmund
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Lachmund
          you should rott in cuban jails
          mike999
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Lachmund
          You see your mom on site? Me sorry.
        ToyotaSupraMan
        • 3 Years Ago
        @mike999
        Let's see... 2$ a day... That's 60 bucks a month. I don't think it's really worth it.
          mike999
          • 3 Years Ago
          @ToyotaSupraMan
          你這麼愚蠢,你會複製並粘貼到一個翻譯,因為你不明白原來的評論是一個笑話。
      Claud
      • 3 Years Ago
      Cuba is a virtual GOLD mine of old/antique cars of the Cuban pre-revolution era..... Saw a 1950 Dodge sedan in a news piece several years ago...........really nice too.
      • 3 Years Ago
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      tegdesign
      • 3 Years Ago
      Is this the real "Cash for Clunkers" program?
      armstrongrainman
      • 3 Years Ago
      can we get the cars or parts shipped to florida? think of all the unrusted 57 chevy parts or bodies.
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