Cubans love American cars. And they have lots of them -- Cadillacs and Chevys, Edsels and Packard. Following the 1959 revolution, all American manufacturers had to stop sending their cars to Cuba as part of the U.S. embargo. Before the revolution, Cuba was the largest importer of American cars. To this day, only cars bought before the revolution can be freely bought and sold in Cuba. Today, there are about 150,000 pre-1960 American cars on Cuban roads. And Cuban mechanics have become legendary for their innovation, swapping in diesel tractor engines, jerry-rigging spare parts, all in the name of keeping them rolling.
Above, a Cuban family rides a motorbike alongside an old 50s-era American car on Havana's coastal Malecon highway in April 2003.