Kidney, Anyone? 38-Mile Toyota Corolla Untouched for 37 Years

Want a brand-new E20 Toyota Corolla that has sat untouched since 1974? It’s there for the taking. All you have to do is sneak it out of the demilitarized zone on the island nation of Cyprus.

UN Peacekeepers are documenting Nicosia, Cyprus, a city that lies in the 134-square-mile United Nations buffer zone. It was set up 37 years ago during a period of intense fighting between Cyprus’s Greek and Turkish inhabitants. When the UN stepped in, residents had to abandon homes and businesses with little warning. The result is a dusty time capsule town frozen for nearly four decades.

Among the ruins is a local Toyota showroom housing a pair of second-gen Corollas. According to Corporal Kevin Roberts:

“There’s a Toyota Corolla 1974 which has 38 miles on the clock. When you open the doors you get hit with a fresh smell of untouched leather and the plastic wrapping remains on the inside of the doors. It’s a bit spooky.”

Circle of life moment: The UN soldiers are combing the region in Toyota Land Cruiser Prados.

[Wales Online]

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16 Responses to Kidney, Anyone? 38-Mile Toyota Corolla Untouched for 37 Years

  1. shaun says:

    I;d live ti get my hands on that

  2. Brownie says:

    risk life and limb for a survivor nostalgic?

    hell yes.

  3. GEN2TWINCAM says:


    Where did I leave those keys?

  4. probably someone schould get t here and pick it up?? it may be a bit risky, ok.. sad.. but at least it proably will stay like this for another few years 🙂

  5. Tyler says:

    There are more in Varosha 😉

    Can we get a JNC correspondent to go in and take better pictures of the dealership and of the DMZ? I’ll volunteer.

  6. vah! says:

    Too bad that Southwest does not go to Cyprus.

  7. Baskingshark says:

    These two are the tip of the iceberg. It’s been documented on other forums, but the basement of the Ledra Palace Hotel is home to a whole cache of ’74 Toyotas that were brand new/unregistered at the time. They include Celicas, Crowns and Crown Coupes.

  8. Nigel says:

    I’ll take the gold colored one please.

  9. Bernej says:

    ‘When you open the doors you get hit with a fresh smell of untouched leather’

    It would be vinyl not leather.

  10. Drive510 says:

    Were those cars measured in miles or kilometers? Either way, it’s still less than what the Toyota company has in their storage vault.

  11. The odometer is in Miles but RHD typical of a british colony. The 38 miles are on the ododmeter of the Celica not the Corolla . Look at the oval shaped housing full instrumentation and imitation woodgrain.

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