That car has been taken care of. If it's the same car it's owned by an Airline pilot. I don't know how much Cuban airline pilots make, but I could easily imagine a pilot owning this.
The writer of the article reporting the "orange" Mark II didn't actually see it. He was relating what he had been told while in Cuba. I'm going to assume that's the car until better information heads its ugly rear.
Great searching, keep up the good work.
Holy Crap! This is the same black one I posted on the previous page. The license plates... It is missing the trim on the front of the hood now and the Continental letters are moved down into that location. Sad...
I bet the A/C doesn't work!
I think the Cubans are great at keeping these old cars running with almost nothing to repair them with. I read two stories about how this particular group of Cubans were trying to cross the ocean with old cars. The first time, they converted a 50's chevy truck to float using barrels as pontoons and drove this thing like 100 miles across the ocean and made it within 10 miles of the Florida coast before being stopped by the coast guard. They sunk the poor guy's truck and deported them. The second try they completely sealed up a 59 or 60 Buick Lesabre and drove it across getting caught again. They tried to sink the Buick but couldn't.
If the trade embargo ever gets lifted, I have a feeling that Cuba will be the place to go to get old project cars. It seems that the numbers are dwindling lower every year that goes by. In Arizona during the 90's you would trip over old cars and pick them up for close to nothing. Now, it seems like I am having to venture further away from home to find new cars to build.
Last edited by Milsteads Garage; 01-28-2012 at 03:41 AM.
Did you see this article on Hagerty's website?
1956 Continental Mark II C56G3133
1961 MG Midget
1987 Corvette Convertible
1992 BMW K75S
1950 Mercury Sedan
I've seen many cars fused together like a VW with a Mercedes front clip, cars turned into boats and many cars turned into station wagons there. Hell, one day you may actually see the first Mark II station wagon in Cuba. stay tuned...
I just got back from a week in Cuba. Unfortunately, no time to try to locate either of the Mark IIs. However, the number of 1940s and 1950s American cars rumbling around Havana seems unchanged from my first trip a decade ago. Increasingly the most desirable ones--especially late 50s convertibles in pastel hues--seem to be part of a rental fleet of "fantasy" cars ferrying tourists around town. Everywhere you look, there's an incredible number of cars still sporting all their original chrome/stainless trim pieces--a fortune in parts for Americans if the embargo ends. However, 4-door sedans out number the 2-doors and convertibles by a large margin, not sure how many whole cars would be of interest to American collectors.
If you import a car from cuba, you would have to be very mechanically artistic in all likelyhood. Outboard motors hooked up to the transmission from a bus in a '50 pontiac.... But the sheetmetal and trim, wow....