Buena Vista Socialist Cab: Cuba's Old American Jitneys

Fidel hates them and wants them run out of business, replacing them with Chinese-made buses. Who are they? Cuba's jitney cab drivers, and their cars are nothing short of classic pieces of hot-rod ingenuity. While rodders scoured salvage yards for engines from larger, more powerful cars than their own motley collection of A's, Deuces and other prewar iron, Cuba's cabbies go digging for military-issue Russian diesels, and cobble together running gear from too many sources, stuffing it all into pre-'59 American cars. Inspiring stuff.

Vintage US cars keep chugging in Cuba but face threat [Reuters]

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