Havana's fixed-route taxis, Part I


A 1955 Chevrolet Bel Air peso taxi in Havana's Vedado district.
   FOR THE car spotter, the shared "peso taxis" that run along set routes in the Cuban capital provide a parade of opportunities. These privately owned taxis, nearly all of them 1950s American sedans and wagons, serve Habaneros as an alternative to the city's crowded public transit buses.They aren't showpiece vehicles; they're too well used for that. But most look remarkably good considering the thousands — millions? — of miles they've travelled.
    For the next while, I will be bringing you images of these hard-working cars.

Rear quarter windows mark this 1950 Cadillac cab as a Series 62 model.




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