For anyone with an interest in cars, a visit to Cuba can be like a time warp. With so many archaic cars that still function well on the roads, you get a chance to really appreciate automotive history. Metro Drive Editor David Singh recently visited Cuba on vacation with some friends. Here are some facts he gathered:
Yank tanks is the term used to describe the many classic American cars that are seen in Cuba.
Law: A recent article on CNN.com states that under current laws, Cubans can only freely buy and sell cars that were on the road in Cuba before Fidel Castro’s 1959 Revolution. Many of the newer cars that are used there today, including Ladas, Peugeots and Kias, now outnumber the yank tanks, but, for the most part are owned by the state and cannot be sold on the free market.
Numbers: A New York Times article estimates that there are 60,000 pre-1960 American cars roaming Cuba.
Film: There is a 2002 documentary titled Yank Tanks that details the phenomenon of classic American cars in Cuba.