vintage cars of Buenos Aires

Photos of colorful vintage cars of South America

by Michael on October 1, 2012

We first noticed it on the drive from the airport. Buenos Aires is a city full of vintage cars. Not the pre-Castro cars that have become a moving historic landmark in Cuba, but solid American cars from the 60s and 70s, particularly Ford Falcons. They used to be built in Argentina and judging by what we saw, they were built to last. It’s not unusual to see people driving around cars that are 50 years old. Here are a few of our favorite vintage cars of Latin America:

Vintage cars of Latin America Buenos Aires ford falcon


Vintage cars Buenos Aires blue falcon Larissa

Larissa checks out her new ride.

Vintage cars Latin America Buenos Aires blue falcon dashboard

What’s on your dashboard?

Vintage cars Latin America Buenos Aires white Ford Taurus


Buenos Aires vintage car green falcon

A tango musician gets ready for the night’s gig.

Vintage cars Buenos Aires black Peugeot


Vintage cars Buenos Aires orange pickup truck (575x446)

 We thought all the old trucks were orange until we realized it was rust.

Vintage cars of Buenos Aires VW bus


Vintage cars Latin America Buenos Aires


Buenos Aires vintage graffiti car

Buenos Aires may be the world leader in graffiti. Apparently if a car is parked long enough it’ll become a canvas too.

Vintage cars of Uruguay

We took a ferry to Colonia Del Sacramento in Uruguay, a town even more known for the old cars still plying its streets.

Vintage Studebaker Uruguay

A Studebaker in primo condition. 

Vintage Austin grill

A vintage Austin grill still gleams.

Vintage car orange volkswagen Uruguay

There must be some excellent German mechanics in Uruguay and Argentina because there are old Volkswagen Beetles everywhere.

 Vintage car planter

If a car sits around look enough it makes a wonderful planter.

Vintage cars of Colombia

The most popular vintage car in Bogota appears to be the Volkswagen Beetle. One Sunday afternoon we saw all four of these vying for attention in one block:

Colombia Bogota vintage blue VW beetle

 Colombia Bogota vintage orange VW beetle_

Colombia Bogota white and orange vintage VW beetle

28581550060_131210d7e7_mLarissa and Michael are your typical middle-aged couple from Philadelphia who’ve been traveling the world full-time since 2011, seeking off-beat, historic and tasty sights. To receive our free quarterly newsletter with updates and valuable travel tips subscribe here.

Which is your favorite vintage car photo?

Jerry October 1, 2012 at 7:40 am

Wasn’t Argentina a popular destination for Germans afer World War II?
Maybe they brought their fondness for German cars.

MissElaineous October 1, 2012 at 8:12 am

I would flip your comment on its ear and say – look for a good South American mechanic when you need work done on your car here in the states!!!!

I actually remember studying a bit about this old American car thing happening in South America back in high school Spanish Class (in the 80’s!) I swear they referred to them as “haigas” but a Spanish speaking friend says I don’t know what I’m talking about. You know…”Hola Eduardo. Vamos en la haiga a el supermercado…” or something like that. Feel free to challenge my memory while there!

Fred Allen Barfoot October 1, 2012 at 9:15 am

Fun reminder of my adventures with old American cars in Havana last year. First class all the way. Thanks for good pics!

Michael October 1, 2012 at 10:43 am


Michael October 1, 2012 at 10:44 am

Havana is tops on our list to see vintage cars.

Martin October 1, 2012 at 11:20 am

To see old cars uou can go to: in the buenos aires city

A very good one is (but in Balcarce)

And if you want to see and awesome Argentinean Muscle car from the 60-70′ try to find an “Torino 380W”

Pedro October 1, 2012 at 10:13 pm

Glad u love our cars in BA!!!

Michael October 6, 2012 at 3:53 pm


Thanks for the tip. We missed those museums but it gives us an excuse to come back to BA. We loved it there.



Michael October 6, 2012 at 3:53 pm

They’re wonderful.

Don Fenstermaker October 11, 2012 at 10:18 am

I have a 1980 VW air cooled that was converted to a Dune Buggy many years ago. It sees regular use almost daily taking guest from our B&B to and from the beach and bus station. Unless it is raining it is our transportation around town. Our mechanic uses little more than a pliers and screwdriver when he works on it. A great car !

car repair Morris County NJ January 20, 2013 at 8:27 am

Classic cars, which start out as an inexpensive investment, become a very profitable investment for those who wish to sell the car at some point. New cars are notorious for their depreciation.

Michael January 20, 2013 at 8:34 am

They must be real cheap in South America since they’re still on the road.

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