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Cuba's vintage cars are cultural icon -- will that change?
Despite Cuba’s bountiful inventory of classic rides, auto collectors doubt the 1950s era Buicks, Chevys, DeSotos, Fords, Oldmobiles, and Plymouths that remain on the island are worth the hassle of restoration and dealing with the country’s communist government.
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In this Oct. 15, 2014 photo, a man drives a classic American car on The Malecon in Havana, Cuba. This classic still running on the streets of Havana is part of a fleet of classic cars that have become an icon of tourism in the socialist nation. (AP Photo/Franklin Reyes)

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In this Oct. 16, 2014 photo, men repair coil spring of a classic American car in Havana, Cuba. The cars may gleam on the outside, but theyre often battered, rolling monuments to ingenuity within. People fabricate parts in crude workshops. (AP Photo/Franklin Reyes)

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In this Oct. 16, 2014 photo, Yoandi Failu, 34, repairs coil spring of a classic American car in Havana, Cuba. Failu fabricates parts in crude workshops. Many scavenge parts, particularly engines, from Soviet-era cars and trucks. (AP Photo/Franklin Reyes)

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In this Oct. 15, 2014 photo, American classic cars is reflected in a mirror in Havana, Cuba. The cars may gleam on the outside, but theyre often battered, rolling monuments to ingenuity within. Many scavenge parts, particularly engines, from Soviet-era cars and trucks. (AP Photo/Franklin Reyes)

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In this Oct. 15, 2014 photo, tourists ride in a classic American car on the Malecon in Havana, Cuba. Officials in recent years have eased state control over the economy by allowing limited self-employment. So those lucky enough to have a pre-revolutionary car can earn money legally by ferrying tourists _ or Cubans celebrating weddings _ along Havanas waterfront Malecon boulevard. (AP Photo/Franklin Reyes)

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In this Oct. 17, 2014 photo, a man drives a classic American car after exhibition of antique classic cars in Havana, Cuba. While the U.S. embargo that took effect in 1961 stopped the flow of new cars, and most parts, a few Cubans now manage to bring in replacement parts when friends or family visit from the U.S. (AP Photo/Franklin Reyes)

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In this Oct. 16, 2014 photo, a man cleans his American classic car before going to work in Havana, Cuba. While the U.S. embargo that took effect in 1961 stopped the flow of new cars, and most parts, a few Cubans now manage to bring in replacement parts when friends or family visit from the U.S. (AP Photo/Franklin Reyes)

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In this Oct. 15, 2014 photo, tourists ride in a classic American car on the Malecon in Havana, Cuba. Those lucky enough to have a pre-revolutionary car can earn money legally by ferrying tourists _ or Cubans celebrating weddings _ along Havanas waterfront Malecon boulevard. (AP Photo/Franklin Reyes)

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In this Oct. 16, 2014 photo, people drive classic American car in Old Havana, Cuba. These classic cars are now part of Havanas tourist draw. Thats allowed many to paint and polish their aging vehicles. (AP Photo/Franklin Reyes)

Cuba's vintage cars are cultural icon -- will that change?

Despite Cuba’s bountiful inventory of classic rides, auto collectors doubt the 1950s era Buicks, Chevys, DeSotos, Fords, Oldmobiles, and Plymouths that remain on the island are worth the hassle of restoration and dealing with the country’s communist government.

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