Cuban Chrome

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  • TV-14
  • 2015
  • 1 Season
  • 7.3  (64)

Cuban Chrome is a Discovery Channel show that premiered in 2015, following the lives of a group of Cuban car mechanics and car enthusiasts, as they attempt to keep classic cars on the road despite the lack of modern automotive resources in their country. The show is set in Havana, Cuba, and it explores the challenges and opportunities that come with being a car mechanic in a country where spare parts are scarce and buying new cars is almost impossible. The mechanics featured on the show specialize in restoring classic American cars, everything from Chevy Bel Airs to Ford Fairlanes, that have been stranded in Cuba since before the U.S. embargo in 1960.

The show stars William Levy, a Cuban-American actor and model, who serves as the show's host and narrator. His family fled Cuba when he was a child, and he takes the opportunity to connect with his roots and explore the culture and people of his homeland.

One of the main mechanics on the show is Demetrio Montalvo, a veteran mechanic who has been in the business for over fifty years. He is known as one of the best mechanics in Cuba, and his expertise and knowledge are essential to keeping the cars on the road. Roberto Ordaz, another main character on the show, is a talented mechanic who dreams of opening his own garage one day.

Throughout the show, the mechanics face a range of challenges as they try to keep the classic cars running. They have to be resourceful and creative, often using makeshift parts and tools to get the job done. The show also explores the rich history and culture of Cuba, including the significance of the classic cars and their importance to the Cuban people.

Overall, Cuban Chrome is an entertaining and informative show that offers a unique perspective on automotive culture and history. It is a fascinating look at the ingenuity and resilience of the Cuban people, who have managed to keep these classic cars on the road for decades, despite the numerous obstacles they face.

Cuban Chrome is a series that is currently running and has 1 seasons (8 episodes). The series first aired on July 13, 2015.

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The Road to Restoration
8. The Road to Restoration
August 31, 2015
With one week to go, Demetrio gets his car painted, but a thunderstorm threatens to ruin the paint job. Ricardo fights with his painter over the car's new color, and Fernando's Bel-Air continues to stall. Will anyone make it to the club's ceremony?
Ignition Impossible
7. Ignition Impossible
August 24, 2015
With two weeks to go Roberto and Fernando can't get the Bel-Air's engine to start. Ricardo has hand-crafted aluminum pieces for his Austin-Healey, but they can't be welded without Argon gas. Demetrio's move to get his car painted backfires.
Seventh Inning Wrench
6. Seventh Inning Wrench
August 17, 2015
When Demetrio skips a baseball game in order to work on his car, he discovers he needs a new transmission bar. A parts dealer can help, but for a price. Meanwhile, Ricardo's friend from Miami arrives with a suitcase full of parts in the nick of time.
Go Go Embargo
5. Go Go Embargo
August 10, 2015
All of Cuba watches President Obama and Cuban President Raul Castro announce that the U.S. and Cuba are resuming diplomatic relations. Michel tells his father, Demetrio, shocking news of his own: he's leaving Cuba to study in Mexico on a scholarship.
Out With the Olds
4. Out With the Olds
August 3, 2015
Demetrio needs the help of another mechanic after his welder breaks down. Ricardo is disappointed with Dayan's work.
3. Crank-Shafted
July 27, 2015
Roberto discovers thst the crankshaft and pistons are damaged on the Bel-Air. Demetrio purchases a new engine.
Bye Bye Boat Motor
2. Bye Bye Boat Motor
July 20, 2015
Dayan starts an apprenticeship with Havana's best mechanic, Ricardo, but when they work on a '59 Cadillac, the job nearly goes up in flames. Demetrio decides to restore his Oldsmobile, but when his "friend" sells the engine, his car is left in pieces.
Stuck in a Time Warp
1. Stuck in a Time Warp
July 13, 2015
Fernando bets his life savings on restoring a '58 Chevy Bel-Air; Demetrio's family searches Havana for a rare part for his '53 Oldsmobile.
Where to Watch Cuban Chrome
Cuban Chrome is available for streaming on the Discovery Channel website, both individual episodes and full seasons. You can also watch Cuban Chrome on demand at Apple TV Channels, Amazon Prime, Philo, Amazon, Vudu, Discovery, FuboTV, Google Play and Apple TV.
  • Premiere Date
    July 13, 2015
  • IMDB Rating
    7.3  (64)