In the ‘just when we’d thought we’d seen everything in the automotive world’ category, here comes a particularly oddball story, about a past warzone and a Toyota Corolla.
The Corolla in question has a special history, of course. It was recently unearthed, literally, in Afghanistan by present-day members of the Taliban. The car is actually a Toyota Corolla wagon that was used by Mullah Mohammar Omar, the founding leader of the Taliban, among other things to escape from American troops in 2001.
The model belongs to the generation known as E100, the model produced for the years 1992 to 1998.
Wrapped in plastic
According to NBC, Omar used the Corolla to flee Kandahar City and take refuge in Zabul province shortly after the U.S. sent troops into Afghanistan following the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001. We can agree the easiest thing would have been to just park the thing in a garage, but the Mullah feared that were American soldiers to find the vehicle, that would lead them quickly to him. So he had his men dig a hole, wrap the car in plastic, and bury it.