Skip to main content

How long can Cuba's beautiful classic cars last?

By CNN Staff
December 17, 2014 -- Updated 1813 GMT (0213 HKT)
Our iReport assignment on "Cuba's vintage cars" resulted in dozens of submissions from around the world. One<a href='http://ireport.cnn.com/docs/DOC-1074325'> iReporter</a>, Wolfgang Theofel, visited Cuba in February 2013 and photographed many classic cars. Our iReport assignment on "Cuba's vintage cars" resulted in dozens of submissions from around the world. One iReporter, Wolfgang Theofel, visited Cuba in February 2013 and photographed many classic cars.
HIDE CAPTION
Vintage cars in Cuba
Vintage cars in Cuba
Vintage cars in Cuba
Vintage cars in Cuba
Vintage cars in Cuba
Vintage cars in Cuba
Vintage cars in Cuba
Vintage cars in Cuba
Vintage cars in Cuba
Vintage cars of Cuba, an endangered sight?
Vintage cars of Cuba, an endangered sight?
Vintage cars of Cuba, an endangered sight?
Vintage cars of Cuba, an endangered sight?
Vintage cars of Cuba, an endangered sight?
<<
<
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
13
14
>
>>
STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • The Cuban government enacted a law in late 2013 that made buying a new car easier
  • Some fear the demise of Cuba's famous classic American car culture is imminent
  • Thawing relations with the United States could mean more changes for Cuba's car culture

(CNN) -- With U.S. President Barack Obama announcing a historic overhaul in relations between the United States and Cuba, the largest island in the Caribbean stands on the precipice of dramatic change.

One casualty of change could be the classic American cars -- many still in everyday use -- that have long been a point of interest for international visitors.

In late 2013, Cuba eased restrictions on car imports and acquisitions in the country, doing away with a law that made icons of its old American Pontiacs and Chevys.

Though newer cars remain prohibitively expensive for most locals, the easing of the law and thawing relations with the United States could spell the beginning of the end for these vehicular stalwarts.

Earlier this year we asked iReporters to submit images of the country's beautiful vintage U.S. cars -- some of the best can be seen in the gallery above.

ADVERTISEMENT
Part of complete coverage on
December 19, 2014 -- Updated 0256 GMT (1056 HKT)
Journals, luggage tags, Panama hats? Yawn. We've got a selection of gifts travelers will actually use.
December 18, 2014 -- Updated 1226 GMT (2026 HKT)
Global events, new attractions and anniversary celebrations will put these destinations on travel radars next year. Question is, which one(s) to visit?
December 19, 2014 -- Updated 1248 GMT (2048 HKT)
Of all Christmas traditions out there, one has an All-American pedigree: electric Christmas tree lights.
December 22, 2014 -- Updated 0251 GMT (1051 HKT)
The gateway to Japan's capital, Tokyo Station, is celebrating its centennial this month -- and it's never looked better.
December 17, 2014 -- Updated 1004 GMT (1804 HKT)
.
Looking for snow porn? This helicopter ski adventure will fly you into the Coast Mountains for the freshest runs.
December 19, 2014 -- Updated 1519 GMT (2319 HKT)
From Singapore to Norway, there are plenty of reasons to plan your next trip around a fabulous hotel opening its doors next year.
December 17, 2014 -- Updated 0925 GMT (1725 HKT)
Step aside Mount Everest, this mountain country is home to cool cafes, crazy drinks and ancient Buddhist tradition.
December 16, 2014 -- Updated 1056 GMT (1856 HKT)
Nonprofit Ethical Traveler has released its annual list of the developing countries doing the most to promote human rights and preserve their environments.
December 11, 2014 -- Updated 1036 GMT (1836 HKT)
These waterfront watering holes have killer ocean views, creative drinks and the mahalo vibe we demand.
December 10, 2014 -- Updated 2038 GMT (0438 HKT)
Can't wait to book your ticket to Indianapolis and Oakland? The venerable guidebook is right there with you
December 10, 2014 -- Updated 0625 GMT (1425 HKT)
By helicopter, snowmobile and big-wheel truck across some of the world's most volatile landscapes.
December 9, 2014 -- Updated 2142 GMT (0542 HKT)
Construction begins on a new Singapore airport complex that could make delays and layovers a pleasure.
December 9, 2014 -- Updated 1441 GMT (2241 HKT)
Inflight chatterboxes are annoying but they're not the worst violators of onboard etiquette, according to an Expedia study.
ADVERTISEMENT