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Classic Cars from Cuba

11/17/2016 4:51 PM

I just heard that it will be possible to import old classic cars from Cuba. Cuba has cars on the road that date way back. I wonder if that will affect the value of classics already in the U.S. Looks like a new venture for someone who wants to capitalize on old classics. Could be a good opportunity for car collectors like Jay Leno.

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Re: Classic cars from Cuba

11/17/2016 4:54 PM

Maybe for parts. Most of the Cuban cars are sadly no longer authentic because they could not get parts, and would just adapt in whatever was available to keep them running.

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11/17/2016 5:52 PM

I lived in the Caribbean back in the old days. The constant trade winds off the ocean tend to make anything made out of iron turn to rust.

I am amazed that they have kept vehicles running this long, but then the old Yank tanks back then were built pretty sturdy.

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11/17/2016 5:13 PM

It takes money and proper parts to maintain a vehicle in original condition, not something to expect from a communist country....While it's true there is some very skillful builders in Cuba most of the cars are put together with whatever is available at the time...Besides the cars in Cuba are worth more there than they are here....Now selling a lightly restored classic car from here, in Cuba, would be the way to go if it could be done quickly, as the market is likely to correct with new supply....Now once the market corrects to some equivalency with US, then it will be a good place to trade Hondas for restorable classic peaches...

http://www.mnn.com/green-tech/transportation/blogs/cuba-a-classic-car-buyers-paradise-in-2014

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Re: Classic cars from Cuba

11/18/2016 1:38 AM

Hoo-boy, I always wanted a '53 Packard.

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Re: Classic cars from Cuba

11/18/2016 7:49 AM

It's a game of "musical chairs". Just make sure there is a chair nearby when the music stops.

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11/18/2016 8:56 PM

My friend has been visiting Cuba for many times in the last 4 decades.

And had a road accident there with a "Cuban original".

It seemed to be kept together with pounds of bondo. The car fell about apart after te collision.

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11/20/2016 2:26 PM

That's what I'd expect. Bondo, pie tins, cardboard - all good materials to hold the body together.

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11/21/2016 9:11 AM

You know you have too much Bondo, when the shocks bottom out.

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Re: Classic Cars from Cuba

11/22/2016 10:38 AM

There are pockets of vintage gringo original rods throughout the world. Years ago, I was surprised at what I came across in Uruguay, a bit of a collector's mecca, especially for old Fords.

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