Vintage cars in Cuba – In 2013, the Cuban government eased restrictions on buying a car in the country, which means these old beauties may have a limited shelf life.
Vintage cars in Cuba – The old law, in place since 1959, banned car imports, which helped preserve existing cars -- 1950s Fords, Pontiacs, Chevys -- that are disused relics elsewhere.
Vintage cars in Cuba – The old law also banned the import of parts, which meant repairs and replacements often had ingenious and creative qualities.
Vintage cars in Cuba – That made the cars beloved not just of their owners but of tourists too, many of whom visit Cuba to see theses prized transports.
Vintage cars in Cuba – The new law does away with the permits, which were being forged and sold on the black market, and allows cars to be bought in from overseas.
Vintage cars in Cuba – Some fear this will lead to the beginning of the end of these vehicular stalwarts as they're replaced by modern, more reliable models.
Vintage cars in Cuba – But prices of newly allowed cars are prohibitively expensive for most locals, in the hundreds of thousands of U.S. dollars. The average wage in Cuba is around $20 a month.
Vintage cars in Cuba – That suggests the reported 60,000 old cars remaining from the 1950s may still have some life in them yet.
Vintage cars of Cuba, an endangered sight? – Peter Bale took this picture of a beautiful Chevrolet with lethal looking fins in Havana, Cuba, while on holiday in 2008.