A living museum of Motown golden oldies.
We're talking Cuba, of course, where Raul Castro's regime has just lifted the decades' old ban on the sale of cars. Cuba was the largest importer of U.S. cars prior to the 1959 revolution, after which Motown was prevented by a continuing U.S. blockade from selling vehicles there.
Newlyweds pose in a 1958 Edsel on the Havana waterfront, February 2008.
There remain about 150,000 pre-1960 Caddies, Chevies, Plymouths, Buicks, Packards and other U.S.-made cars in Cuba, ownership of which is restricted to VIPs including doctors, artists and athletes who've worked abroad. For all the famed ingenuity of Cuban mechanics in keeping these vehicles roadworthy, Cubans would like to someday drive cars made in this century.
Foreign Policy's photo gallery of Cuba's U.S. clunkers is here.
A 1950s Buick cruising downtown Havana, May 2004.
A 1953 Buick passes a billboard featuring former Chilean president Salvador Allende. The sign reads, "Salvador Allende, present in today's struggle," marking the 30th anniversary of his death, Sept. 10, 2003.
A late-1950s Buick travels the Havana coastline, Nov. 16, 2008.
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