Summer Holiday Weekend Edition – Greek Island Beaters


Moving on with the Summer Holiday stuff: here, we get to the beaters.

Abandoned cars, broken-down pieces of machinery, cars at the end of the rope; Rhodes is a smallish island, but home to a great big bunch of beater cars. Some of them still run, some of them are being taken over by weeds. Some of them are in the woods, and some of them are covered with random stuff that has no other place, apparently – the stuff piled on top of this Corolla wagon in someone’s garden can hardly be worth saving.




Quite close to the Corolla was this ’70s Escort, hiding underneath some olive trees in the village of Vati.


I shot this tired Peugeot 309 in Gennadi, as well as a host of other cars – including the Mazda trio below.




The sun isn’t too kind on paint, as witnessed by this Hyundai Accent.


Just how hot can it get inside this once-proud Celica?


Pandas are plentiful, and probably disposable. Shame, and any Fiat will get beat on for sure.



This BMW E34 520i caught my eye immediately, as I daily drive a white E34. This was in rougher shape by far, but had a leather interior.




The roughest of the runners was this rusted and repaired and rusted Megane, shot in Rhodes town.




This Hyundai Atos was rougher, but it had lost all of its wheels…



  1. Noooo! Save the Pandas! Those Fiats are the only cool cars on the island, obviously.

  2. I've been threatening to go after the Innocenti Mini and first generation Capri that have been sitting under an olive tree outside our village for the past eight years. They're still sitting and I'm still threatening.

  3. Ah, sometimes last year I submitted a bunch of similar picutres, but usually older cars, i took in Cyprus….whatever happened to them?

    1. I have family in Pervolia and images like these are quite familiar. I like to think the layer of thick grime on my car in the UK would be warmly approved by my relatives.

  4. I'm conflicted. My brain says stay away from such a decrepit place. My heart is looking up airfare.

  5. Beaters? Hardly even a love tap. Apparently, they don't enforce their high weed ordinance over there. Someone ought to get on that.

  6. I don't get it. They just leave the crappy cars on the streets…or do they have a vandalsm problem there?

    1. Not really on the streets, but the villages have nooks and crannies. The stripped Hyundai was found next to the police station, and the E34 was close to a garage.

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