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Taxi! Soviet-era limos that once belonged to Fidel Castro now chauffeur tourists in Havana

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    In this June 18, 2014 photo, a Soviet-made limousine taxi cab sits parked in Havana, Cuba. In a former life they were the "comandante's" cars: A fleet of black, boxy, Soviet-made limousines that for years were at the disposal of the presidency in Fidel Castroís Cuba. (AP Photo/Franklin Reyes)The Associated Press

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    In this June 18, 2014 photo, taxi driver Moises Suarez navigates the Soviet-made limousine that he rents from the government in Havana, Cuba. Today the fleet of limos that were once part of Fidel Castro's fleet have been decommissioned and repurposed as Havana taxi cabs, at the service of tourists who want a little slice of history to go with their ride across town. (AP Photo/Franklin Reyes)The Associated Press

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    In this June 18, 2014 photo, tourists from Barcelona, Spain take a picture through the window of a Soviet-made limousine taxi cab that was once part of Fidel Castro's fleet in front of Revolution Plaza in Havana, Cuba. The luxury automobiles were produced by Russian manufacturers GAZ and ZIL in the 1960s and '70s. Those sent to Cuba reportedly included a ZIL-111 convertible model that was the first of its kind to roll off the assembly line, a personal gift to Castro from Soviet leader Nikita Khrushchev. (AP Photo/Franklin Reyes)The Associated Press

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    In this June 18, 2014 photo, taxi driver Moises Suarez turns on the radio inside the Soviet-made limousine taxi cab that once belonged to Fidel Castro's fleet which he rents from the government in Havana, Cuba. Many aspects of his GAZ-built Chaika _ Russian for “seagull” _ are original, from the camel-colored headliner to the radio with its buttons and knobs labeled in Cyrillic lettering. (AP Photo/Franklin Reyes)The Associated Press

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    In this June 18, 2014 photo, tourists from Barcelona, Spain take a picture with a Soviet-made limousine taxi cab that once belonged to Fidel Castro's fleet in front of Revolution Plaza in Havana, Cuba. The driver, Moises Suarez, popped the hood so they could get a look at the engine. (AP Photo/Franklin Reyes)The Associated Press

In a former life they were the "comandante's" cars: A fleet of black, boxy, Soviet-made limousines that for years were at the disposal of Fidel Castro.

Today the limos have been decommissioned and repurposed as Havana taxi cabs, at the service of tourists who want a little slice of history to go with their ride across town.

The cars were produced by Russian manufacturers GAZ and ZIL in the 1960s and '70s. Those sent to Cuba reportedly included a ZIL-111 convertible model that was the first of its kind to roll off the assembly line, a personal gift to Castro from Soviet leader Nikita Khrushchev.