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The last car Ernest Hemingway ever owned was a 1955 Chrysler New Yorker Convertible. After the legendary writer shot himself in 1961, the car effectively vanished from public view. Unbeknownst to the rest of the world, the convertible was in Cuba, getting passed around between the members of one family. Some 50 years after Hemingway died, a determined writer unearthed the car and began the laborious process of restoring it to its former glory. Here in the States, that would be as simple as calling up the local parts store and doing some quick ordering, but the US trade embargo against Cuba put a crimp in that plan.

The documentary Cuban Soul follows writer David Soul as he attempts to overcome the embargo and get the car back on the road with more than a little help from the ingenious craftsmen on the island. You can check out the trailer for the film below. The project is in need of generous supporters, so head over to the Red Earth Studio site to learn how you can lend a hand.

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      • 2 Years Ago
      Ah ! Cuba ! The most classic example of ALL our leader's fumblefistedness.
      • 2 Years Ago
      isn't it about time the embargo was lifted? at least for humanitarian reasons? #silly Canadian
      • 2 Years Ago
      The ironic part is that Cuba poses no threat and Castro has outlived/lasted every POTUS since he came to power. I dread the day he dies and the Miami Cubans descend en masse to reinstate the conditions that caused the revolution in the first place....
      • 2 Years Ago
      Might just try to get an export license for the entire car...apply to Department of Commerce.
      • 2 Years Ago
      Be very careful sending money that you know will be used in Cuba...lest you get your own sunny Caribbean vacation at Gitmo!!!
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      I believe that there are Chrysler enthusiasts in Canada and Mexico who might be able to help out. Last time I checked, there is no embargo on sending parts to Canada or Mexico. It really shouldn\'t be that hard to do.
      • 2 Years Ago
      That Chrysler sure is a sweet looking car. It`s nice that someone rescued it.

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