June 15, 2007

Plymouth Belvedere buried for 50 years to be unearthed today

Tulsa, Okalahoma – A 1957 Plymouth Belvedere Sport Coupe that was buried in a time capsule in downtown Tulsa, Oklahoma will be unearthed today. Hot rod builder Boyd Coddington, host of the television series American Hot Rod, will be on hand to film the excavation; his crew will be responsible for getting the vehicle running after its fifty years underground.

The city of Tulsa buried the brand-new, gold and white Plymouth on June 15, 1957 as part of Golden Jubilee Week, a celebration of Oklahoma’s 50th year of statehood. The car will be unearthed 50 years to the day and transferred to the Tulsa Convention Center, as part of Oklahoma’s Tulsarama Centennial celebration.

The lid was previously removed from the purportedly “watertight” vault in preparation, but nearly one metre of murky water surrounds the plastic-wrapped car. The car’s unearthing is scheduled for this afternoon, with nearly 50,000 people from around the world expected to attend.

When the Plymouth was buried in 1957, a contest was held to guess the city’s population in 2007; the person who came closest to the correct figure, or his or her heir, will be awarded the car. Tulsa is also home to another buried car, a 1997 Plymouth Prowler buried in Centennial Park as part of a celebration of the city’s founding, which will be uncovered in 2037.

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