Old American iron kept running by plucky Cubans is an evergreen story in the buff books and car blogs. The Keystone View Co. sent stereo photographers all around the world, to make stereographs of exotic locales. The photos, taken in 1948 in Havana, show that at least a decade before the Castro regime took over and prohibited private ownership of any car imported after the revolution, Cubans drove primarily American cars, and new ones at that. There are new American cars on Havana’s boulevards and new trucks – I think they’re Fords, being unloaded at the docks in Havana’s harbor.
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