Square the wagons!

Most of this Chrysler is from the early 1950s, but greenhouse is more recent.
    From a quick gander, this could be a successor to the Chrysler PT Cruiser, maybe with some Chevy HHR tossed in. Same marriage of retro-round fenders and modern oblong passenger compartment.
   Closer study, however, soon reveals a majority presence of 1951 or '52 Chrysler, largely cleansed of chrome and with the addition of a blocky, late-model roof.
   Old-new wagons like this are common in Cuba. I suspect they are former sedans, their passenger capacity boosted by the addition of upper sheetmetal that in this case might have come from a Soviet-era utility vehicle.
   Some of the conversions are awkward; others, like this, are remarkably well executed. Check the clean transition between the Chrysler's rear fenders, body and liftgate, and the deftly reworked rear-door window frames.

Clean lines speak to a high standard of customizing.
   Of course, maybe this has always been a wagon, its rear quarters revised for who-knows-what reason. That would be a shame. The original rounded tail on an early-1950s Chrysler wagon is as sweet as anything on the road.

The 1952 Chrysler Windsor Town & Country / Wikipedia photo

Wagons are in demand for private bus duty in Cuba, prompting conversions such as this.

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