In 1977 the Blue Belt collided with Sha’ab Suedi Reef in the Red Sea and sank off the coast of northern Sudan. It took its cargo of cars and trucks to the bottom, where it is today known as the Toyota Wreck.
On the The Underwater And Diving Video Channel on YouTube, some intrepid explorers went diving around the wreckage and got some excellent up-close shots of the remains. The Aichi steel is long gone, but plastic is forever. Coral-encrusted dashboards, grilles and seats serve as the only reminder of the sunken cars. There’s something haunting about a seaweed-covered Corona instrument panel or Hilux grille serving as a condominium for aquatic wildlife. This isn’t even the only example of abandoned Toyotas in that region of the world.