Really Green Vehicles: 7 Amazing Parked Zombie Cars

Tired Of Trees Growing In Tires

Really Green Vehicles: 7 Amazing Parked Zombie Cars(images via: YCWB and

Most vehicles abandoned on some of America’s meaner streets would be stripped of any easily-removable parts (and some not-so-easily-removed ones as well) within a week or two. Not so in the city of Foshan, China where most zombie cars are treated more like ghost cars: seemingly unseen and purposefully ignored. The abandoned Daihatsu Charade above would appear to have been parked for only a few hours, except for the small Banyan tree sapling that has grown out of dust and debris settling inside one of its wheels. Police estimate the car had been parked for 2 to 3 years!

Really Green Vehicles: 7 Amazing Parked Zombie Cars(images via: CNNB)

All good (and bad) things must come to an end sometime, however, and such was the case for the Foshan zombie car/planter when city authorities ordered it – and its Banyan tree sapling – removed and relocated. One would hope the young tree was relocated to a more suitable environment.

Lost Italian Job

Really Green Vehicles: 7 Amazing Parked Zombie Cars(images via: KGM (Keith McAdoo))

Just off the 220N & Strawberry Rd trail near Greensboro, North Carolina, lies a maroon FIAT 1100D sedan – only the “AT” remains on the rear nameplate. A tip of the driving cap to Flickr user KGM, who snapped the dry-season photos of the smothered sedan in early January of 2008, a time of year when kudzu’s deciduous leaves aren’t obscuring the vehicle to such great extent.

Really Green Vehicles: 7 Amazing Parked Zombie Cars(image via: Carl Shoemaker)

The 1100D (the D stood for “Delight”, for some reason) was manufactured from 1962 through 1966, and how (or more to the point, why?) it got to Greensboro is anyone’s guess. It’s also unknown exactly how long the wayward Italian has been languishing in a field of kudzu. Knowing FIAT’s dismal reputation for quality and reliability back in the swingin’ sixties, one would guess it’s been parked since shortly after the owner took delivery. Fix It Again Tony? More like Mow It Again. A tip of the hat to Flickr user <a href=”(image via: Carl Shoemaker)” target=”_blank”>Carl Shoemaker for the eerie post-apocalyptic image above, by the way.

Next time you return to your parked car only to find a yellow parking ticket under the windshield wiper, consider that things could be much, much worse… instead of a little yellow, you might find a whole lot of green!