This week, the Cuban Communist Party congress is meeting for the first time since 1997. In his inaugural congressional meeting as president, Raul Castro is expected to propose some radical reforms, including allowing the sale of homes and lifting the ban on the sale of cars. Will this mean the end of the Cadillac as king of the Cuban streets? "These cars are part of our national identity -- like beans, rice, and pork," mechanic Jorge Prats told NPR. "We take care of these old American cars as if they were a member of our family." Car ownership in Cuba is currently just for the privileged, including artists, athletes, and doctors who have worked abroad.
Here, a Cuban bicycle-taxi driver takes a break in the shade near a classic American car on June 11, 2001, in Havana.