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Abstract

The purpose of this research was to investigate the culture surrounding the vintage American cars found in Cuba. Through preliminary research, the researcher determined Cubans are continuing to use these cars as a means of transportation as well as a source of income. They have kept the cars maintained by recycling parts from other cars, tractors, and boats, as well as buying new parts from the black market. Once they have been repaired, many owners around major cities use them as taxis. This is so that the owners can afford to maintain them as well as provide additional income for their families. The owners are required to pay the government about $600 a month to use them as taxis, but if used in Havana or similar sized cities, the owners can expect to make about $20-$30 per hour driving tourists. While in Havana, the researcher conducted observations, identifying many vintage cars and observing their treatment. Additionally, two interviews were conducted of an owner-operator of a 1953 Plymouth and a driver of a government owned 1956 Chevrolet Bel Air.

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