Cuban classic car revolution
Image: Adam Jones, Ph.D.
For more than 50 years the communist regime in Cuba has kept locked down the veritable classic car museum that is the country's road stock.
If you've ever seen a documentary, or a movie, filmed in Cuba, you'd be aware of the fabulous fleet of classic, vintage and antique cars driving the Cuban streets. People may have been able to emigrate, but their cars were handed over to the State. Even those not emigrating were unable to sell their cars, unless they pre-dated the revolution in 1959.
As of October 1, car ownership laws have been loosened, allowing the sale of private cars, and the possible importation of new cars. All of this is as a result of a party congress in April, and the drive for reform from new leader Raul Castro.
The question is how much the Cubans will be able to take maximum advantage of the new laws, selling on classic cars to keen international collectors?