Old Cars from a Town in Uruguay

I just returned from a trip to Uruguay to visit my son in Montevideo. We took a day to go up the Rio de la Plata to visit Colonia, the oldest town in Uruguay, across from Buenos Aires and fought over by the Spanish and Portuguese since 1680.

It’s a very colorful place, touristy in the summer months, and the residents do love their old cars, which are seen around the town square in fairly well-preserved states. One restaurant uses an old Model A to attract customers (see after the break).

And there’s a Citroen Traction Avant with a tree planted in it (above, and below the break).

Most aren’t drivable; they are just parked to be part of the local color and, maybe, suggest the town’s feeling for history—or the fact that Uruguayans are quirky, interesting people with a sense of humor and respect for the past.

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Cubans Can Now Buy and Sell Post-Revolution Cars

Cuban cars

We’ve all seen the photos of crumbling buildings, bad streets and 1950s cars that have been made, somehow, to survive.

Like all these old cars, the economy in Cuba has been crumbling and disintegrating over the years, yet manages to hang on. Now, as of October 1, a new law permits buying and selling of post-1959 cars by the general public, which likely encourage many of the owners of pre-1959 cars to trade them in on newer ones. There are also agricultural and small business reforms.

The owners of old cars may or may not benefit in terms of resales. But the economy surely will—and it’s about time.

This move finally opens a market closed for 50 years to U.S. auto companies and parts suppliers (to repair the old cars). It permits trading of the old cars, some of which are classics, some of which will come to the U.S. We’ll show you a few more pix after the break.

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