Cars in Cuba
The first Cuban automobile made its appearance on the streets of Havana in 1900 and in 1958 just before the Revolution, the country was a large importer of U.S. American cars. After the U.S. trade embargo in 1960, the American car exports to the island stopped. The country started to import Soviet made LADA cars. Most of this Lada cars are still State property and can't be sold even to citizens.
Today the majority of the modern cars in Havana are of Chinese, Japanese or Korean make.
Old Cars ... a Goldmine?
Some U.S. vintage car enthousiats are already dreaming about doing business by restoring the old American cars even talk about selling spare parts to Cuba.
A reality check indicates that the Cuban government is well aware of the value of the old vehicules.
The answer to a frequently asked question : Can I export an old car from theisland? is NO .
These vintage cars are considered National Heritage and can not be exported without a license.
Even Cuban citizens need a license and approval from the government to buy a car.
Andy from Ontario, a Canadian living on the island explains how he became a car owner in Cuba, read his advice : I bought a car in Cuba
classic cars - Old Havana
Yellow Volkswagen Beetle in Havana
Green Chevrolet in Havana
Museo del Automóvil
The museum is located at Oficios street #12 (near Plaza de Armas, Old Havana) and displays
30 unique vintage cars. The majority of the cars are of American origine, the collection includes cadillacs, chevrolets and a Ford T built in 1920.