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Monday, 15 August 2016 10:42

Those Little Polish Cars

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Cubans have had to make do with automobiles manufactured over 60 years ago.

The 126 horse-power Fiat which is commonly called a Polski is very popular in Cuba. The year 2016 has been the year of these diminutive vehicles according to the president of Amigos del Motor, a Cuban car club. It is estimated that there are about 10,000 Polskis circulating in Cuba. Some of them are out of service while many are still running. Cuba’s self-taught mechanics have managed to keep classic American cars working for decades. Now they are putting their skills to use by repairing and customizing these relics from the cold way. Many of these cars now have improved suspension, more potent motors, new upholstery and improved sound systems.

Considering the average salary in Cuba is only 25 dollars per month, not everyone can afford a Polski which only cost a few thousand dollars. Those fortunate enough to have some type of private employment or money sent by relatives who are outside of the country are the only people who canbuy one of these vehicles.


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