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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.
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Vintage cars of Cuba, an endangered sight?
Vintage cars of Cuba, an endangered sight?
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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.

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