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5 International destinations to see unique cars

While an afternoon in Toronto’s Yorkville neighbourhood or loitering around the entrance to the Fairmont Pacific Rim in Vancouver may reveal an almost non-stop parade of luxury cars—if not rare supercars, depending the season and your luck—travelling abroad is the real way to satiate your craving for experiencing unique makes and models IRL.

Read on to discover six of the best international destinations for spotting unique cars.

Cuba

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Skip the resorts in Varadero and head directly to the capital, Havana, for a more rich cultural experience. Because of the 50-year ban on buying and selling new cars, citizens could only own vehicles built before the revolution in 1959, and ones that had already been imported. This ended in 2011, but the country is still like an automotive time capsule with American classics like Cadillac Eldorados, Chevy Bel Airs, Ford Falcons and Ford Fairlanes in a rainbow of colours all roaming the streets.

Monaco

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Rambo Lambo 💪🏻 – #liveupload #lamborghini #lm002 #monaco #montecarlo #lamborghinilm002 #livespotting

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For an independent city-state with a population just shy of 40,000, Monaco has an impressive number of wealthy residents. One in 56 people have at least $30 million in the bank, the highest per capita in the world. And when you’ve got that much cash, obviously you spend it on exotic cars, like a Lamborghini LM002 — just 328 were produced from the mid ’80s until ’93 and (at least) one lives in Monaco. When you tire of car spotting, move on to super-yacht spotting.

St. Pierre and Miquelon

Renault Bipper Tepee

St. Pierre and Miquelon is a fascinating place.

Due to the marvels of nature and evolution, secluded islands are often home to rare and unique breeds of animals. Just as Darwin explained. But it’s more politics than evolution that’s led St. Pierre and Miquelon, two small islands off the coast of Newfoundland, to its one-of-a-kind automotive makeup. The islands, which are classified as Collective Territory, are populated by odd French imports like Bipper Tepees, Renault Clios and Kangoos and Twingos, alongside North American and Asian imports like Ford F-150s, Nissan 350Z Nismos and Hummer H2 SUTs. Strange and wonderful. Bring a camera, otherwise nobody will believe you.

UAE

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Classy S Class 🎩🎩 #instacar_uae

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While Dubai doesn’t quite compare to Monaco’s wealth per capita, its hyper rich love their cars as much as they love showing them off. In the evenings, the city’s luxury malls like The Dubai Mall as well as Sheikh Zayed Road are known hot-spots to see supercars casually vying for attention. In fact, the automotive spotting scene is so active here, enthusiasts like Ahmad Al Zein are able to dedicate entire Instagram accounts (his is called @instacar_uae) to documenting their finds.

Plus, the Sharjah Classic Cars Museum, which is home to an impressive collection of vintage vehicles and motorcycles, is just a 25 minute drive from Dubai’s city centre and worth the trip for gearheads who find themselves in this part of the UAE.

Iceland

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Iceland is home to some of the most spectacular terrain on Earth. And as the least populated country in Europe, its active volcanoes capped with glaciers, rugged coastlines lined with jagged rocks and ethereal moss-covered fields leading to cascading waterfalls can be tricky to navigate.

For decades, Iceland’s citizens have been taking matters into their own hands by developing a style of souped-up vehicle known as the ‘Super Jeep’ to transport themselves and the many visitors that come to witness the nation’s natural wonders from spot to spot. It’s a bit of a bastardization of the brand as most of the off-roaders aren’t even Jeeps—sometimes they’re Mercedes Sprinters with 46-inch tires, other times they’re lifted Ford Excursions with room for 7 to 11 passengers—but it’s really a compliment, because these machines are super-capable, with off-road tires that deflate to crawl over snow and ice, massive suspensions designed to clear the rocky terrain, beefed-up engines, and other emergency equipment in case nature decides to turn on them.


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