Car Parked on Side of a Building – Not a Fake!

Car on side of building in Google EarthSomeone was scanning Google Earth and noticed this very strange sight: A car on the side of a building complete with parking lot (see it here ). GEC member ‘caelestis’ posted this the other day speculating that someone was photo-retouching the aerial photography somehow. But, GEC member ‘bebop’ the next day found out this is in fact not a fake. In fact, you can see a photo of this unique sight in Westenbergstraat, Netherlands. At night, it gets even weirder since the car’s lights come on. Thanks to Delta102 for the tip!
Related – Here’s a blog entry with a bunch of interesting sights in GE including a school bus on a building roof.

About Frank Taylor

Frank Taylor started the Google Earth Blog in July, 2005 shortly after Google Earth was first released. He has worked with 3D computer graphics and VR for many years and was very impressed with this exciting product. Frank completed a 5.5 year circumnavigation of the earth by sailboat in June 2015 which you can read about at Tahina Expedition, and is a licensed pilot, backpacker, diver, and photographer.


  1. It’s a classic mini. Awesome.

  2. In rotterdam there is also a nice one… A car almost falling of a building:,4.474652&spn=0.000696,0.002704&t=k&om=1&iwloc=addr
    A little bit hard to see, but it is the red car

  3. Jamie Riddell says:

    Hmm, some time ago (a few years) Mini ran an ad campaign that included sticking mini’s on the sides of buildings. I know this happened in London but potentially across Europe? It may be un connected as they were new mini’s not this classic mini.

  4. russianmike says:

    thats really cool! also where and how do i get the google earth thats live is there such a thing
    or how do i get the 12 hour update image thanks.

  5. Catherine Johnson says:

    In 1982 I took a photogragh of this car/wall that I stumbled apon when I was driving around lost. I printed a big beautiful solarized version that pops up from time-to-time. My piers have always thought it was a trick since I work lot with manipulating photographs. FINALLY I have proof without a trip to The Netherlands! Thank you so much!!

  6. Rotationg the image you should notice that there are arrows painted on the side of the building next to the car. There also appears to be annother vehicle painted on the building across from the arrows. My suspicion is that this is advertising or art and not a “real” auto yet still of interest.

  7. I sent a link to this story to a friend in NL. He tells me the car was mounted there in the 70s and he knows who did it. Small world…

  8. There is one also in Auckland city, New Zealand with a Mini and a surfboard on the roof. A cool advertising promotion

  9. Henning says:

    There’s also one in South Africa – a mini on the side of a wall in a slingshot, like it’s about to be fired off.

  10. It’s a classic mini. Awesome.

  11. Car park markings continue up the wall of the building where a Morris Mini is parked. The head- and taillights light up at night. (Westenbergstraat, Netherlands)

  12. Its a great Advertising Promotion! Don’t you think?

  13. Yes, it does look like a cool billboard.

  14. What the f**** …
    If it was not a Advertising Billboard, it would be an great ideia to resolve our parking problems!!!! …

  15. In Bremen, Germany there is something simmilar on the wall of a car seller.

  16. Its definitely some kind of an illusion. But if its not then its unbelievable OR I guess the car is not a real.

  17. Its seem car getting fall of the building, hardly anyone believe what is the real stuff. Buts its good to see rare picture.

  18. it think it’s just a camera trick. They shot it upside down.

  19. A great illusion

  20. That could solve a lot of parking problems if it were to be commercialised, although seeing a whole lot of car lights running up the side of a building could cause some passersby to doubt their sanity.

  21. That’s really amazing.It’s a classic mini and that could solve a parking problem.Thanks for sharing this nice blog.

  22. Thats really fantastic.thanks for sharing this nice pic.keep the nice work.i don’t know what is the reality but it is a rare picture.

  23. That car has to be a decoration for marketing purposes, because the building’s wall has painted arrows as well. Clever.

  24. this is so funny. I think this might be a sign or intended to be like that….good find!

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