Written by Nicole James
Due to an embargo that began nearly 50 years ago, Cuba is home to 60,000 plus American Classic Cars. With the exchange of prisoners today as part of a deal to expand trade, increase travel, and normalize relations between the two countries, many classic car enthusiasts, like Roger Falcione, the CEO of ClassicCars.com, are viewing the shifting change of the American-Cuban relationship as potentially one of the biggest ‘barn finds’ ever.
While Cuba currently ranks 134th in the world in vehicles per capita, approximately 138 vehicles per 1000 residents, the island has become emblematic for American classics over the past 50 years. Following the Cuban revolution, the US stopped all auto exports to Cuba, the leader at the time, Fidel Castro, famously declared “We need tractors, not Cadillac’s!” This caused Cuban mechanics to find new innovative ways of maintaining these classics by doing things such as swapping out those American made [...]