Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Spotted! The elusive Chana 'Alfwin'


It took some time, but I finally came across this unique-to-Cuba, Chinese-made vehicle. Still looking for the Batista Corvette.


Monday, March 16, 2015

'Partner Tepee' is a dumb name for a car. Or a van


According to the Autocar review site, the Partner Tepee is 'Peugeot’s badge-engineered version of the equally convoluted sounding Citroën Berlingo Multispace.'



Monday, March 9, 2015

This Kapitän is a survivor



   HERE'S MORE proof that not every Cuban old-timer ticks along on some replacement Russian or Japanese diesel engine. A 1956 or '57 Opel Kapitän, this German sedan is propelled by the same six-cylinder gasoline engine with which it left the factory.
   The Kapitän has had a few useful modifications: an alternator in place of a generator, an added console, a set of aftermarket gauges. But after nearly 60 years of service, it remains remarkably close to stock.



Sold new by General Motors dealers, Opels were popular with Cuban car buyers in the 1950s.

Triple air horns are a Cuban addition, but six-cylinder engine is original.



Column-mounted shifter, and a great big wheel.





See also:

O Kapitän

CubanClassics: 1958 Opel Kapitän P1 L