El último Americano

End of the line: LeSabre was last direct U.S. import, Santiago museum says.
   THIS 1960 Buick LeSabre occupies a prime display slot at the Museo Nacional del Transporte, an outdoor car museum near Santiago.
   Its significance? According to the museum, the four-door luxury sedan was the final new car exported directly to Cuba from the U.S.
   It would have arrived, then, in late 1959, the last of a trickle of vehicles and other items from the U.S. after the new Castro government froze all credit on the island, effectively shutting down commerce.
   In his book Che's Chevrolet Fidel's Oldsmobile, researcher Richard Schweid reports that a shipment of 1960 Oldsmobiles plus a few Chevrolets were the last cars to arrive from Detroit. Evidently, a Buick also found its way into the mix to be delivered to the island's Buick agency, Vaillant Motors in Havana's Vedado district.

1960 Buick still bears a sticker from Vaillant Motors of Havana.


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