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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:
Larissa checks out her new ride.
What’s on your dashboard?
A tango musician gets ready for the night’s gig.
We thought all the old trucks were orange until we realized it was rust.
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.
A Studebaker in primo condition.
A vintage Austin grill still gleams.
There must be some excellent German mechanics in Uruguay and Argentina because there are old Volkswagen Beetles everywhere.
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:
Larissa 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?