Day 862: Cuban Automobiles: The Nifty Fifties

For one interested in classic cars, a trip to Cuba is like visiting a museum.  The streets teem with hundreds of thousands of automobiles made in the US in the 1950s, many of which are in immaculate condition.  The trade embargo imposed by the US when Castro came to power largely dried up the source of new cars.  That the Cubans kept these old cars running (often with retrofit European or Asian engines) is a tribute to their resourcefulness and ingenuity.

If you’re one who thinks autos are nifty
From the decade after nineteen fifty
You’ll find your nirvana
On the streets of Havana
Preserved because Cubans are thrifty.

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