It happened out of necessity more than anything else, but Cuba ended up with one of the most unique car cultures in the world.
One of the most bizarre events in racing history happened on this day in 1958, when Cuban revolutionaries kidnapped Juan Manuel Fangio, possibly the greatest and most gentlemanly racing driver ever to live. Here is that story, explained in full.
[Officials from the Cuban and United States governments will hold meetings this week in Havana to being establishing migration agreements and normalized relations. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images]
There's been some concern and consternation over what the possible end of the American embargo might mean for Cuba's automotive landscape. Some have prognosticated that it'll spell a small boom for the island, while we mainly just hope the culture itself isn't destroyed. But the old American cruisers might not sell so…
I was actually very excited to hear the announcement that relations with Cuba would be normalized, for two reasons, neither of which involve cigars. First, my dad was born and raised in Cuba, and second, Cuba has one of the most interesting car ecosystems on the planet. But I'll be honest — I'm a little worried about…
With today's news that a longtime American prisoner has been freed from Cuba, leading to the surprise announcement that the U.S. will restore diplomatic relations with the country for the first time since 1961, we decided to revisit this 2012 piece on Cuba's necessity-driven car culture. Enjoy.
With your average family sedan costing more than $200,000 in Cuba, a lot of people still take public transit. Though judging from the horrible rage-fuel that would be traveling on a Cuban bus, I think the price tag might be worth it.
We've heard about cars in developing nations being ridiculously expensive, but nothing like what's going on in Cuba. Cuba recently started allowing the sale of new cars, and they're trading for 10 times their European price.
Aside from the embargo and the cigars and the communism, the biggest thing people think about when they hear Cuba is the number of old American cars roaming the streets. Now that the country is opening up the sale of new and used cars to the general public, you'd be right in thinking people will ditch their old cars…
Drug enforcement officials stopped a North Korean vessel on its way through the Panama Canal Monday, only to find sophisticated missile material "hidden in a consignment of sugar."
This is still a car site, but let’s talk about pedestrians for a bit.
Felix Sabates is a longtime presence in the NASCAR garage and a part of owner of Earnhardt Ganassi Racing. He also left Cuba in 1959 and moved to the USA.
Congress loves to spend taxpayer dollars. That's part of the reason why the federal debt is nearly $16 trillion. Since 2001, more than two billion of those dollars have gone into renovations to the controversial Guantanamo Bay military base in Cuba.
Half a century ago, Soviet Premier Nikita Khruschev and U.S. President John F. Kennedy squared off in a battle over the balance of world power that came to be known as the Cuban Missile Crisis. How close did we all come to dying?
Cuba is about more than just old cars, but the island nation's adversarial history makes car ownership unique from almost any other place in the world. If you have a car in Cuba, you probably have an old car.
Authorities in Cuba have proposed laws that could mean an end for many of the classic American cars that are still in use in the country. Under current Cuban law, cars registered after the 1959 revolution cannot be bought or sold. As a result Cubans have used a mixture of ingenuity and backyard engineering to keep the…
One of the estimated 60,000 old American cars or "Yank Tanks" still on the road in Cuba, this 1955 Desoto appears to have weathered years of regular use fairly well. The trade embargo that limited new American cars being brought to Cuba makes it nearly impossible to get parts for old ones. Often soviet parts are fit…