Chariots of chrome: classic American cars of Cuba

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Boston Mills Press, Aug 31, 2004 - Transportation - 144 pages
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A photographic cruise of Cuba's vintage cars.

Cuba is a vintage car lover's paradise. Until the 1960s, Cuba was the world's leading importer of American automobiles. As many as ten thousand of these mid-century American cars are still used in Cuba, making it the world's largest living automotive museum.

Vintage Cadillacs, Chevrolets, Fords, Pontiacs, Ramblers, Packards, Studebakers and Hudsons are common on Cuban streets and coastal highways, with hot primary colors, dazzlingly ornate chrome, sinfully luxurious interiors, and defiantly large girths. Some cars have been restored to their former glory. Others have been kept in working condition by using Russian truck engines and hand-forged parts.

Chariots of Chrome is an eye-popping pictorial tribute to those generously proportioned American automobiles, once loved and now lost, that still enjoy a vibrant old age in Cuba. Dazzling color photographs capture these beauties against the backdrop of the island's picturesque villages and Old Havana's many landmarks.

This pictorial tribute of historic cars is sure to light any auto aficionado's cigar.

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User Review  - RobertDay - LibraryThing

A gorgeous album of colour photographs of the American cars of Cuba. Having been separated by sanctions from the USA since 1961, Cuba is (or was) full of old American cars, many of them ingeniously ... Read full review

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User Review  - RobertDay - LibraryThing

A gorgeous album of colour photographs of the American cars of Cuba. Having been separated by sanctions from the USA since 1961, Cuba is (or was) full of old American cars, many of them ingeniously ... Read full review

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Simon Bell's work has been featured in National Geographic, and other prominent magazines, as well as books, including Birds of Prey, Wild Cats, Snakes and Lizards, Insects and Spiders, and Night Creatures. He is known worldwide for his stereographic (3-D) photography.

George Fischer is the author of several photographic collections including Malta: A Journey Across Time, Costa Rica: A Rainbow of Colors and The Magdalens: Islands of Sand.