Business Insider recently sent three reporters to Havana, Cuba to experience the city as tourists. One thing you immediately experience walking the streets of Havana is the overwhelming presence of classic, vintage American cars from the 1940s and 1950s.
When the United States embargo against Cuba was imposed in 1960, all imports from America ceased, forcing Cubans to make due with the American cars they had already imported. Since Cuba cannot import replacement parts for the cars, drivers and mechanics are forced to use parts shipped from countries with whom Cuba still trades.
Just stop on a Havana street corner for one minute and you’re almost guaranteed to see a parade of beautiful, vintage American cars — often referred to as “Yank Tanks” — pass by.
We’ll have lots of stories about our adventures on the island, which you’ll be able to find here.
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