Vintage Cars in Havana 🚗 | 哈瓦那老爷车

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I blogged about the Autoworld of Brussels in one of my previous posts, where a whole range of classic cars are exhibited. This time, let's see a real-world show of old-timers in Havana, Cuba. It's inspired by Qurator's Photo Quest Vintage Photography, and the first photo is my entry.

It's not only the ubiquitous vintage cars there that spark the idea, but also the sun-saturated streets that remind me of the sepia-toned old photos. So, here comes my selection from almost 8 years ago(that is vintage too :D), thanks to this contest... otherwise the photos just keep lying in my drive untouched. There are still many images left, as Havana's streets are filled with colorful old cars and lively scenes. It's simply a photography lover's dream!

If you wonder why there are so many vintage cars in Havana, here's the reason. Cuba didn't have any car manufacturers, so they had to import cars from other countries. The first imported car was from France during the Cuban-Spanish-American War. Later, from the beginning until the middle of the 20th century, American cars were the majority on Cuban roads. After the U.S. embargo following the Cuban Revolution, Fidel Castro banned the importation of American cars.

As a result, we see all these vintage cars over the streets today. Some of them are repainted with bright shining exteriors, and others are not so well-preserved, as you can see from my photos here. I also took them as taxis when going from and to the airport. It's not so comfy sitting inside, and it came with heavy smoke and noise, but I enjoyed the great vibes.



我前些天发过布鲁塞尔的“汽车世界”,那里展出了一系列经典老爷车。这一次,让我们到古巴哈瓦那看一场实景真车秀。

你可能好奇为什么哈瓦那街头会有这么多五彩缤纷的老爷车?这是因为古巴本土没有汽车制造商,不得不从其他国家进口汽车。第一辆汽车是在19世纪末美西战争期间从法国进口的。从20世纪早期一直到中叶,进口的汽车主要来自美国。后来古巴革命美国实施禁运后,卡斯特罗下令禁止进口美国汽车。

结果就留下了如今这些无处不在的老爷车。从照片里可以看到,有些旧车被重新粉刷成亮色,就像当地的街道一样斑斓浓烈,还有些已经年久失修,尽显沧桑本色。往返机场时,我也试了试老爷车。虽然坐在里面不太舒服,还伴随着浓烟和噪音,但那种拉丁地区特有的快活氛围足以让我印象深刻。



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Awww..I'm so glad to see such vintage collection of cars. I love vintage things a lot. I'm so happy you shared such kind of a thing with us. Awaiting more posts from you! :)

Nice to see you enjoyed them too. :) Thanks for your kind words!

Merry Christmas, hope you have a wonderful day with your loved ones!💫

Thanks liltammy! Happy holidays to you and your loved ones too! 🎄🎉🥂

Thank you, and Merry Xmas!😃🎊🍻

you too, merry christmas :)

哈哈,现在看到哈瓦那这个词,脑子里就自动有旋律响起来了。。。Havana, oh nana, half of my heart is in havana, oh nana

旋律好熟 是很红的歌吗
我来推一首北外西语学姐翻唱的Mojito(第一个)她可能在南美住过(阿根廷口音)嗓音歌词都好棒 很拉丁风情

对呀,我在Youtube上搜Havana出来的第一首就是那个呐呐呐。
第一个小姐姐的嗓音真棒!

嗯嗯 她深得西语精髓 颤音都发那么自然 太赞了
最后那美女也不错 听得我醉啊~

西班牙语有一种特别风情的感觉,和法语那种性感的感觉不一样,就特别配南美那种热情奔放的感觉。。。

是的还要是某些南美口音 像西班牙本土和智利的就比较硬朗 我感觉西语比法语好学
这里有个法语版翻唱:

这个也好好听,好性感。。。

刚好奇搜了下意语版 这两个也很赞 拉丁语种真的好适合这曲风

Wow, awesome collection Donica. Just made me find mine and revive some Cuban memories :)

Cool, more vintage cars! I remember some of your posts about Cuba :) an amazing country that I'd love to visit again!

Il y a quelques années j'avais été à La Havane. Ces voitures sont très surprenantes car elles sont rafistolées avec des bouts de chandelles. Elles ont été laissées par les Américains lorsqu'ils ont quitté Cuba. Ca ne date donc pas d'hier et, pourtant, beaucoup d'entre elles continuent de bien rouler ...