Buried for 50 Years: Rusty Plymouth Belvedere Time Capsule.

We wrote about the 1957 Plymouth Belvedere buried as a time capsule a while ago. It has now been dug out now: and boy, was it rusty!

A car buried in Oklahoma in 1957 as a time capsule to mark the US state's 50th anniversary has caused some dismay after being finally unearthed.

Though encased in a concrete vault said to be strong enough to withstand nuclear attack, the Plymouth Belvedere was waterlogged and covered in rust.

Air was pumped into the tyres but mechanics could not get it started.

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I think the idea of burying a car for fifty years is very interesting, but you would have thought that someone would have had the forsight to buid a vault that kept the car reasonably dry and certainly one that would allow any accumulated water some escape. Still, the car might be restorable after all.
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So let me get this straight, the Egyptians in all their "primitive-ness" managed to make tombs and vaults that protected their many treasures for CENTURIES, and yet the fairly advanced (by comparison) technology of the late 1950's couldn't protect a car for 50 years? Pathetic.
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Dopey Okies! Most of the smart ones left during the Dust Bowl years. By the time 1957 rolled around, the level of grey matter there was kinda low.

I saw some pics of the "vault". The chumps who built the thing didn't even have a seal on the concrete lid. That is pretty common in the undertaking business (at least in the US), and what goes into THOSE vaults generally isn't planned on be pulled out in the future. On top of that, the car looked to be basically sitting in a pool of water -- the morons hadn't built in any way for water to get out, either! So water had no trouble getting in, but absolutely no way to get out! They couldn't have designed it much worse. Nothing like setting up a publicity stunt to show the whole world how stupid you are!

Other content... For many years (well into the 1970s), my Dad's car was a 58 Plymouth Belvedere. It was a black convertible with a push button transmission... Brings back good memories...
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What a shame. That would've been so great if it had come out in decent shape. I wonder what will happen with the car now.

I remember someone buying a brand new VW Beetle convertible on the occasion of his son's birth back in the '70's or '80's, sealed it up in some kind of cocoon, to be opened when the kid hit driving age. Anybody else remember that, or hear any more about it?

By the way, what's with linking to a BBC article on an event in Tulsa, OK? "Tyres"?
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