In a historical move, the United States and Cuba took steps to become neutral with one another after reestablishing embassies with each other this past summer. While we’re sure many will take the opportunity to travel and have a look at Cuban lifestyle, our friends at Autoblog made a visit purely for the cars.
And Cuba certainly has quite a few relics wandering around its (crumbled) streets. While they’re not quite historically correct, they sit in a shape many collectors and restorers would kill to have their hands on. That includes the 1957 Chevrolet Bel Air featured in the video review above.
Wearing a burnt orange-bronze paint color, and employing a Russian-supplied four-cylinder engine under the hood, it’s not what Americans would recognize as a 1957 Chevy. From the passenger seat, the ride is described with a lot of metal-on-metal noises occurring but, surprisingly, the 1957 Bel Air held up well over the increasingly rough Havana roads.
It’s an intriguing take on taking a peak inside of Cuba, which has been closed off for so long. But, it’s an even better take on an iconic Chevrolet from America’s past. Even if it has sat in the antithesis of democracy for all of these years.