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Thanks to generations of blockades in diplomacy and trade, cars driven proudly in Havana today were new in the 40s and 50s.  Good friend Bob Mepham just returned from his most recent trip.

He returns bearing excellent photographs and commentary…

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1957 Chevy

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1948 Ford

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1955 Buick

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1952 Cadillac

“From a distance the beauty and allure of this American classic is radiant in the morning sun. Get closer, you notice the irregularities in the body side panels, the dings and dents in the chrome trim and bumpers, but I must say in almost all cases pride in ownership shines though.  The cars may be showing their age but they’re always clean and spotless.”

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“Keep in mind that many of these classic cars of the 1950’s are not pristine restored showroom gems but rather somehow held together with whatever is available, in some cases wire, bolts, screws and duct tape seem to do the job.  We were told that to keep the cars running they rely on salvaged parts and swapping out parts from older Soviet era cars brought over from the former Soviet Union.”

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1951 Buick

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1956 Ford

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“Visiting Cuba both in 2011 and 2015 has been one of our most rewarding travel experiences. Witnessing firsthand so many iconic American automobiles of the  30’s 40’s and 50’s was of course a real treat, but without the backdrop beauty of the aging architecture of Old Havana, the lush green expanse of the rural countryside and the welcoming warmth of the Cuban people our experience would not be complete.”

Two of Bob’s recent Havana Cuba photographs are being judged in the Cary Photographic Artists Photographic Exhibition in North Carolina.

If you can help us identify the unidentified cars, please leave a comment on our FACEBOOK PAGE.

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