“The Cuban Calico” Project

We were happy to provide this RW Spyder body to our customer and exotic car enthusiast Garr Larson.  He’s working on an exciting new project, creating a replica of “The Cuban Calico,” and he filled us in on this fascinating piece of racing history.

This is a “car that was ‘thrown away’ at the Havana Airport in 1958 before entering the 1958 Cuban Grad Prix. It was crushed by a Maserati while being transported in a plane from Argentina by a french driver. The driver gave it to a young airplane mechanic for $5 after taking any parts he needed for his other cars. Since new parts were impossible to find in Cuba after 1958 (that whole revolution thing) he built this 550 using parts he scavenged around the city – seats from a 1936 BMW, Speedometer and Tach from International Harvester S100, rear view mirror from a 1954 MGA, (the list goes on and on)…

Garr has collected all these parts to remake a part of lost classic car history. He may be on his way to making more such vehicles down the road, and we’ll keep you up to date on these fun adventures. We look forward to being a part of that journey and your journey too!

The Cuban Calico in work