Cuba's drivers don't have to be stuck in the 50s anymore

Cubans observe used cars for sale in Havana on January 2, 2014. A new regulation released by Cuban President Raul Castro will allow Cubans or foreign residents to freely buy new or used cars in government-run stores as of January 3, 2014. Cuba had announced on December 2013 it would ease restrictions on car imports for the first time in half a century, marking the end of an era that made icons of the island's vintage automobiles.

In Cuba, there is a genius for fighting automotive obsolescence. Even in 2014, the streets are still lined with 1950s cars, the ones that were there before Fidel Castro came to power in 1959. With some exceptions, imports of new cars were banned since the revolution, but now the ban's lifted and the imports are onsale starting this morning.   The BBC's Sarah Rainsford reports from Havana. Click the audio player above to listen.

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