This year’s Miami International Auto Show has two displays of antique cars. First is a display devoted to the classic cars that could be found on the streets of Havana, before and after Fidel and his gang showed up.
Telemudo 51 built an amazing replica of a square in Old Havana, complete with musicians, food vendors, a cigar roller, and of course classic automobiles cruising through the night. Our club brought out some of the most iconic and beautiful samples of the classic cars from the 1940’s and ‘50’s, plus a motorcycle and a Ford Model A, that harked back to the days of mojitos and panatelas and when American iron was the king of the road in Cuba. Visitors got to see such cars as a 1941 Chrysler Royal, a 1955 Mercury Monterey (complete with a Cuban license plate), a mint-condition 1955 Ford Thunderbird, and to get your heart racing, a 1951 Jaguar XK120M. Of course, cruising wouldn’t be complete without a convertible, so there on the street was a 1957 Buick Special, ready to glide along the Malecon.
On the other side of the convention center next to the boutique, there is an exhibit of twelve muscle and sports cars on display, including a 1959 Chrysler 300E, a 1968 Mustang, a 1972 AMC Javelin, and a 1970 Chevelle SS 396. Also getting the star treatment was a 1983 Delorean DMC 12, a 1967 Chevrolet Camaro Indy Pace Car, and a 1975 Pontiac Firebird.
Here’s a sample of some of the cars on display.
The show runs through Sunday night, November 18, at the Miami Beach Convention Center.