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Cuba’s classical motors make it a ‘Jurassic Park for cars’

December 31st, 2015 by admin | Filed under Blog.
  • Automotive photographer Piotr Degler spent a month travelling Cuba, gnawing images of a aged cars as he went
  • The formula of his attempts are now being published in a overwhelming new coffee-table book called Carros de Cuba
  • Classic cars he photographed embody a Mercedes 300SL Gullwing, Porsche 356 and a Chrysler Special by Ghia 

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The $1,000,000 Mercedes Benz 300SL ‘Gullwing’ rusting underneath some banana trees says it all about usually what a value trove Cuba is for classical cars.

It’s since 30-year-old automotive photographer Piotr Degler, from Spain, spent a month in 2014 travelling a length and extent of a nation gnawing images of a aged cars he saw on a roads, being remade in garages – and ebbing in vegetation.

The formula of his attempts have already been incited into a 2015 calendar, yet are now being published in a overwhelming new coffee-table book called Carros de Cuba (Cars of Cuba), that will underline 200 never-before-seen cinema – whittled down from 25,000.

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Search came to fruition: Mr Degler found this $1million Mercedes 300SL ‘Gullwing’ rusting underneath some banana trees in Cuba

A classical automobile creates a approach by a streets of Cuba’s capital, Havana, in a rain

Mr Degler, from Spain, spent a month in 2014 travelling a length and extent of Cuba gnawing images of a aged cars he saw on a roads, being remade in garages – and ebbing in vegetation

Frame game: Mr Degler is edition a overwhelming new coffee-table book called Carros de Cuba (Cars of Cuba), that will underline 200 never-before-seen pictures, including this picture of a Porsche 356

Frame game: Mr Degler is edition a overwhelming new coffee-table book called Carros de Cuba (Cars of Cuba), that will underline 200 never-before-seen pictures, including this picture of a Porsche 356

Mr Degler described Cuba as a ‘Jurassic Park for cars’, a unfolding brought about by Fidel Castro banning imports in 1959

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The book takes on additional significance in light of a fact that a nation is now modernising in leaps and bounds.

Mr Degler described Cuba as a ‘Jurassic Park for cars’ – yet it was anticipating a 300SL Gullwing that he considers one of a highlights of his outing there.

His sketch of it done headlines around a world.

He told MailOnline Travel: ‘Looking during aged photos on a internet, we knew there was during slightest one 300SL on a island, yet didn’t know anything about it – even Cubans didn’t know anything about that car.

‘This was one of my motivations during my trip. Traveling a island, interlude in any city and city and creation friends with locals and mechanics. we found that automobile usually a integrate of days before withdrawal a Island. It was a good impulse in my life.

Cubans had to turn really artistic and learned during gripping aged cars on a highway – yet they infrequently usually had to give up, as this picture of a 1953 Studebaker Champion shows

Another $1million car: Cuba is also home to this Mercedes Benz 300SL Roadster, found in terrible condition

Rare find: The badge of a Chrysler Special by Ghia – usually 10 were ever produced

Mr Degler, who used a Canon EOS 5D Mark II for his images, said: ‘For any automobile enthusiast, roving to Cuba is roving in time’

Havana is old-car central, with a streets plentiful with classical cars, many of that are used as taxis

‘It is a indication that is value over $1,000,000 (£675,000), and carrying photographed it during night rusted in pieces creates it something really unique.

‘Other good moments were anticipating a Hispano Suiza and Mercedes 300SL Roadster, yet in general, we have to say, any day in Cuba was noted and different. You never knew what could be next.’

The reason that there are so many classical cars on Cuba’s roads is since when Fidel Castro came to energy in 1959 he criminialized automobile imports.

It means that a race had to turn really artistic and learned during gripping a pre-1959 cars they owned – many of them American – adult and running.

The automobile landscape is changing fast in Cuba so now is a time to revisit – or bite Mr Degler’s implausible images

Wheel-y incredible: A really singular Hispano Suiza – found by Mr Degler in a barn

Mr Degler pronounced that a pattern of many pre-1959 American cars was shabby by a craft industry

A Cuban cab motorist in his classical aged car. Many of a pre-1959 models take to a roads yet seatbelts or operative speedometers 

Mr Degler pronounced that ‘a Cuban motorist will tell we he would adore to change his selected Chevy for a some-more complicated Soviet automobile from a 70s and even some-more for a tiny Hyundai. They are some-more arguable and many some-more comfortable’

This dinky blue BMW Isetta was nonetheless another singular automobile that Mr Degler photographed on his travels

This dinky blue BMW Isetta was nonetheless another singular automobile that Mr Degler photographed on his travels

Mr Degler, who used a Canon EOS 5D Mark II for his images, said: ‘For any automobile enthusiast, roving to Cuba is roving in time.’

Visitors are taken behind to a time when automobile designed was shabby by aeroplanes, according to Mr Degler.

He said: ‘American cars from a 1950s are really particular. The automotive pattern – one of a many critical designer’s from that epoch was Harley Earth – was shabby by a aerospacial lines.

This aged Jaguar positively wouldn’t pass a MOT, yet represents an extraordinary find by Mr Degler

Cuba’s classical cars are genuine eye-openers to Westerners, yet in Cuban streets, they are a common sight. Mr Degler’s coffee-table book containing 200 overwhelming images of them is being self-published by a Kickstarter crowd-funding scheme

A pleasing shot of a 1959 Chevrolet Impala cruising down a sunlit road. Mr Degler pronounced a automobile ‘scenario’ in Cuba will never be a same

‘You see clearly a course of a cars’ tail fins that are removing bigger until a 1959 models. This happens for any automobile code – Cadillac, Chevrolet, Pontiac, Oldsmobile and so on.’

The automobile landscape is changing fast in Cuba, though, as automobile imports are now allowed, so now is a time to revisit – or bite Mr Degler’s implausible images. Or even better, do both.

He said: ‘You can already see many complicated cars on a Cuban roads. There are lots of Kia Picantos, Hyundai Atos or new alien Chinese cars. we still attempted to constraint a roads full of classical cars, yet capturing those moments was not easy.

‘A Cuban motorist will tell we he would adore to change his selected Chevy for a some-more complicated Soviet automobile from a 70s and even some-more for a tiny Hyundai. They are some-more arguable and many some-more comfortable. They even have atmosphere conditioning.

‘For certain we would adore any Cuban to be means to means a new arguable car, a usually thing we am observant as a photographer and classical automobile fan is that a automobile “scenario” will never be a same. This is since we motionless to make this book now.’

 


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