December 17, 2002
The one on the left was, according to the panel text, a 2012 model Toyota Corolla hatchback. Its white paintwork was splotchy where historians had tried to restore it. Ripples in the glass of the windscreen showed that the windscreen was not original, but a painstakingly hand-made copy. Its tyres were carved wooden replicas; the original rubber would have rotted away centuries earlier. The dark windows didn’t allow visitors to see the seats or dashboard, but Nick suspected that they too were long gone. The whole machine rested on a steel framework, to prevent it collapsing under its own weight.