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June 15, 2007

The Tulsa Plymouth

All the eyes of the world are on Tulsa, Oklahoma this week. It seems that 50 years ago today, on June 15, 1957, the city fathers buried an entire car in a time capsule. It was a brand-new 1957 Plymouth Belvedere, and they constructed a special tomb for it to go into that could withstand a nuclear war. They lowered the car into its crypt by crane, vowing to unearth the car exactly 50 years later. Everyone was encouraged to guess what the population of Tulsa would be at that time, and whoever came closest would win the car. If they were still alive.

Well, after five decades of waiting, today was the big day. An excavator was called to the scene, dirt was moved, the tomb was unearthed, and after 50 years the lid was reopened. And what did they find? Well, the crypt may have been bombproof, but it wasn’t waterproof. Ooops!

The classic car was sitting in several inches of muddy water, and marks on the wall showed that at times it had been completely submerged. The car was wrapped in a protective covering that people are hoping has kept it safe, but no one’s quite sure what they’ll find when they unwrap it this evening. I’d say for sure they won’t see the pristine, showroom-quality automobile that they were hoping for. Updates, I’m sure will be at the official site, www.buriedcar.com

Also tonight the winner of the contest will be announced, and someone will get to take home this fabulous prize, such as it were.

A big hat tip to Charles Phoenix for this one, who made a road trip from Los Angeles to Tulsa to be there for the unveiling.