Cuba has long been recognized as a place to visit if you're into classic American and European cars. Due to longstanding governmental restrictions on the buying and selling of cars, residents don't junk their old ones and buy replacements every few years. Instead, they fix up their pre-1959 classics, take exquisite care of them, and pass them down to family members for generations.

In October 2011, some restrictions were lifted. Cuban citizens leaving the country permanently are now allowed to sell their vehicles. Also, if an owner obtains government permission and pays a 100 percent import tariff, that owner can now bring a late-model car into the country. While we don't think this will make all the classics disappear, we hope you'll enjoy looking at some of them while you can.

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