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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