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    So far we've been able to document 5 II's that went to Cuba. Three went to members of the Batista Family and two, we've uncovered no ownership information.

    Here are the cars:

    2784 Marta Batista, Havana, Cuba, Present Owner Julio Palmera, Havana
    2896 No Cuban Owner Information, Last known location 1985 Maryland
    3105 “Patchin” Batista, Last known location 1995 Georgia
    3359 Marta Batista, Havana, Cuba, No subsequent Information
    3793 No Cuban Owner Information, No subsequent Information

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    Mark II No. 2784 in Havana. Photo courtesy CubanClassics.

    http://caristas.blogspot.com/2012/11...mysteries.html
    David Farley
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    Mr. Marshall, you may want to add one more Mark to your list of autos imported to Cuba before Castro. We lived in Havana and I remember my dad trading in a 1955 White Cadillac convertible with red interior and a continental kit for a powder blue Mark II not sure if it was a 56 or a 57. I was 7 years old. My dad passed away last year at 94 and to this day that was his beloved car. My mom, sister and I left the country in 1961. My dad stayed behind as the SS was looking for him to incarcerate him for disagreeing with the gov. He was able to leave the country 10 months later. Go figure by Feb 1960 the gov has nationalized everything we had.
    I remember my dad being afraid to drive the car as it would signify opulence during very ugly times. He bought a 1953 4 door Chevy to drive instead. The car was placed in my dear uncle’s garage sometime in 1960. That was the last time I saw the car. I remember my dad talking about the car that someone had checked on it back in the1980s and the car was still there.
    The car was powder blue, with two tone powder blue interior. The AC, I remember came out the ceiling thru 4 small chrome 6" vents that you could turn. In the Cuban summer, the AC was ridiculously ineffective. Remember the motor would ping a lot since the quality of gas was not very good.
    As I became a citizen years ago and mingled in the prosperity this country offers, I quickly realized WE TAKE A LOT FOR GRANTED.
    Above was not indented to be a political statement, just a sad car story……..
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    Default Cuban Mark IIs

    We have two ways we list Mark IIs. The first is by VIN in our Registry and the second is by picture in our Gallery of cars with unknown VINs. Without either a VIN or a picture we have no place to list it.

    Possibly we can figure out which car it was. Here's a list of the cars we know that were shipped by FoMoCo to Cuba. The fields are VIN, Color, A/C or No, Owner on Invoice, Subsequent Information

    2784 - Black, A/C, Marta Batista, Still in Cuba
    2896 - Black, A/C, Unknown, 1985 was in New Jersey
    3214 - Medium Blue, A/C, Jose R. Garcia Linares, None
    3216 - Medium Blue, No, Nena Rodriguez De Valina, None
    3321 - TT Green, AC, President F.R. Batista, None
    3359 - Black A/C, Marta Batista, None
    3445 - Medium Blue, A/C, Unknown, None
    3530 - Black, A/C, Diana C. De Macias, None
    3793 - Black, A/C, Unknown, None

    There were no known Light Blue Mark IIs shipped by Ford to Cuba. There were also five that were exported somewhere, but no documentation of their destination has been found. None were blue.

    Also there may have been other Mark IIs imported into Cuba by their US owners. Maybe Meyer Lansky, "Lucky" Luciano, Vito Genovese, Joe Stassi and Santos Trafficante left a Mark II or two behind when the casinos fell to Castro in 1959.

    So, if you dad's car was an original light blue we have no record of such a car. See a picture of a light blue Mark II below.

    If it was in the original medium blue it probably was either 3214 or 3445. A picture of a medium blue car is also attached. Both of these cars had 1A1A interiors, Leather swatches picture attached

    Of course the car could always have been repainted before your father acquired it.

    With relations with Cuba starting to normalize, you may have the opportunity to go find it.
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    Last edited by Pat Marshall; 12-19-2014 at 11:18 AM.
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    As I was googling around this morning. http://www.vanityfair.com/hollywood/...nnie-leibovitz
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    Default She surely is beautiful

    Thanks for this info. One picture is worth a thousand words.
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    It's the first Annie Leibovitz photo of a Continental Mark II. The image with the '59 Impala is cool too.
    David Farley
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    We keep seeing that red/orange Marta Batista car. The Powder Blue Mark II - the car should be able to be located.

    I am fascinated by the Cuban story and hope to go there. I read a book about the Tropicana Night Club, co-authored by the wife of Martin' Fox, Ofelia Fox.

    I have 2-3 more books on the shelf to read re: Meyer Lansky and the mod influence in the 1950's Cuba.

    But there is no denying the wealth within certain sectors would allow ownership of Mark II's. Still, I have to believe most of the wealthy citizens opted for convertibles.

    The Fox's seemed to drive Cadillac convertibles, however, the book I read was not accurate in my opinion.

    I did read with great interest the account by the fellow above whose family had to leave Cuba.

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    The car was not really powder blue but silvery bluish metallic best I remember. Two tone bluish interior.
    Oscar Agusti

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