Many of the cars that are considered classics of the automotive industry in the world are still in use in Cuba.
They could be used to tell a part of Cuban history, including that of the families who have owned them throughout decades.
Those who today are in possession of one of these wonders are people who made incredible efforts and sacrifices through times of scarcity and hardships to keep them, at a time when the same models were being discarded and turned into scrap in other countries.
These cars, referred to as “almendrones” by Cubans, are essential to guarantee daily transportation in Havana, giving service to those who can afford it.
They operate in fix routes as share taxis at different rates that go from 50 cents, to 1 dollar, to 1.50 dollars, depending on the distance.
Elegant models, like convertibles, are more focused on tourist services, offering rides around the city under the hot Caribbean sun.
A rolling museum, as some people like to say…