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Buick Almendrones- Buicks of Cuba

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And to kick it off 

 

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So my neighbours went to Cuba (Havana I think...) and saw this Special convert. Upon seeing it they thought I could have been there with my car!

 

Recognise the buildings to pin point the city at all?

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A few from a trip to Cuba in January.

 

Gary

 

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By the way @Elpad did I use the almendrones term properly? 

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Almendrón is a Cuban folklore name given to all 1950’s American cars that roams the streets and highways of Cuba. The Almendrón is a round, oval shaped seed of the almendron tree which is kind of a rusty color that resembles these old cars. After the unsuccessful Cuban revolution that set  the country back for more than 60 years,  and still controls the island, these vehicles are still running due to the ingenuity of the people that keep inventing ways to keep them going as swapping gas for foreign diesel engines and manufacturing homemade parts. Catering to the influx of tourists, these old cars have been resurrected by any means to create a government controlled employment for a lucky few owners. Since a “TouristTaxi” pays more than a professional, ie. an MD. Car owners go to the extend of making a “convertible” out of a hard top car due to the highest tourist demand to sightsee Havana in a topless car. I’m sure they are forbidden to take tourists a couple of blocks away from the tourist routes. My car was longtime named “Almendrón” in honor of those old American cars still in the battle field.

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These taken in 1957, racing in the Malecón

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These taken in 1957, racing in the Malecón

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These are the 50’s cars that became the “Almendrones” of today

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