Classic Cars of Havana

September 27, 2019

In March 2019 I had a wonderful time visiting Havana with family. While there I did a one-day photo walk with talented Cuban photo artist Alfredo Sarabia.

Since then I have published four blog posts about my travels there:

For this fifth Havana post I will share my favourite images of cars in Havana.

Havana is known around the world for its classic cars. These have remained, no doubt, due to the trade embargo imposed upon Cuba for many years. Importing foreign vehicles was a challenge and hence cars that remained in Cuba were well maintained out of necessity. Now they won't go away due to nostalgia and tourism - and, perhaps, possibly due to a renewed trade embargo by a certain large neighbouring nation.

To learn more about cars in Cuba, here are a few links:

- History on Wheels - an excellent article from Salon.com

- The Cars of Cuba - a video documentary found on Youtube

- Three classic cars that define Cuban History

And on to the photos...

A short walk from the port of Havana brings you to one of many spots found throughout the city where classic cars sit, waiting to be hired.

We hired a somewhat simpler car - a Plymouth...

And piled in!

Me with my nephew and my daughter.

We headed to the Sephardic Synagogue, training centre for the Malpaso Dance company (covered in this blog post), where another classic Plymouth was parked out front.

Floridita, known as one of Ernest Hemingway's favourite hangouts in Havana. To learn more click here.

Cool Story Bro

Fairlane 500

Climbing the hill to see the statue "El Cristo de la Habana"

"El Cristo de la Habana"

The view from the lookout point next to the "El Cristo de la Habana" statue - well worth the ferry ride and walk.

 

And back to the cars!

The Best

Long live classic Cuban cars!

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To see more of my images from Havana, please view one of the below links:


Culture Snap Photography features the work of Toronto-based photographer Henry VanderSpek. Henry specializes in documenting the work of local and international non-profit organizations, special events, live music, street and art photography. To hire Henry for an assignment, please click here to get in touch.
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