As car enthusiasts, we all know the little gem about classic American cars driving around the streets of Cuba, but few of us will ever be able to see these sites first hand. Fortunately, Motor Trend recently spent some time in the land of cigars, mojitos and Yank Tanks to create this incredible mini-documentary about the cars and the country for the latest video in its Epic Drives series.

While the cars look like they came straight out of the 1950s, most of them are powered by modern-ish engines for the sake of fuel economy and ease of repair. An old Pontiac in the video is powered by a four-cylinder diesel sourced from Hyundai-Kia, while a '53 Oldsmobile has borrowed the engine from a Soviet welder to get it around. Now, this is not your normal Motor Trend video that spends the entire time talking cars, but rather it's something more along the lines of what you might see on the Travel Channel. It's definitely worth checking out in the video below. When you're done, let us know what cool cars you spot running around the streets of Havana in the Comments.


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      Chris
      • 1 Year Ago
      I can only imagine the reactions one would get in the States for sticking a Hyundai motor in a 56' Chevy. Given that these are their daily drivers, and with how hard it is find parts in Cuba, it's understandable. Personally, I'd rather see them on the road, but totally modified, than in the junkyard. The only problem is that an owner's manual probably wouldn't do you a whole lot of good. You'd need a knowledgeable and creative mechanic. It's pretty cool seeing how they manage to keep this automotive history on the road. I bet these cars have a lot of interesting stories behind them.
      • 1 Year Ago
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      Robt
      • 1 Year Ago
      See these sites?
      Justin Campanale
      • 1 Year Ago
      We really need to remove our trade embargo with Cuba. In today's day and age, it's utterly pointless.
        RJC
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Justin Campanale
        It won't happen. There's a very powerful and rich block of ex-Cubans, the ones that lost their lands and factories in the revolution (civil war?), who continue to push the issue onto the US Government, with good success. Another *special interest* group. Cuba HAS the best beaches in the region. US directly and indirectly held resort interests have been lining up for years now, positioning themselves for the day Castro dies. His death will be viewed as a 'victory', the embargo lifted, and they'll develop the island into a tourist trap.
        d.hollywood
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Justin Campanale
        Agreed...the embargo is stupid. It should be unilaterally ended. Unfortunately,the only opinion(s) that matters on this issue belongs to the angry and wealthy Cubans here in America...who STILL want seized assets returned.(plus interest)
          gtv4rudy
          • 1 Year Ago
          @d.hollywood
          ... aren't most of the old rich Cubans dead by now?
      ShutoSteve
      • 1 Year Ago
      As a Canadian, I can save up about 1500 dollars plus airfare, and go there and have an incredible week like them. Cuba is an amazing place. Props for sharing it's amazing car culture with America!
      diffrunt
      • 1 Year Ago
      Disappointingly few examples. There was once a movement among US old car people to buy every oldie in Cuba , but i guess politics reared their ugly heads. The freeway shots didn't help. either. Amazing that Castro has outsmarted 11 prezzes, so far.
      anon
      • 1 Year Ago
      Yup I recall the 50\'s Plymouth convertible one sees in the Buena Vista Social Club\'s video of Coldplay\'s \'Clocks\'.
      torpeau
      • 1 Year Ago
      What's the green car?
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