Weâ€™re pretty sure that most of you will have heard the story:On June 15, 1957, Tulsa Town buried a brand-new Plymouth Belvedere along with along with several other artefacts (a pack of cigarettes, bobby pins, an unpaid parking ticket etc) in a cement vault, as part of a contest in which the person who most closely guessed the cityâ€™s 2007 population would win the Belvedere on June 15, 2007.
Today (Wednesday June 13), just two days before the â€™57 Plymouthâ€™s scheduled exhumation, Tulsa Town decided to open up the vaultâ€™s lid. To everyoneâ€™s misfortune, the workers discovered several feet of standing water and indications that the car had been submerged. Tulsaâ€™s Public Works Department was summoned to pump the water out of the vault but since there was a danger that the water could be toxic, the Fire Department’s Hazmat team was also called to the scene. Ironically, the vault had been built to withstand a nuclear attack, but apparently not water.
While the condition of the tailfinned Belvedere remains uncertain because the car was covered in cosmolene, a metal preservative then wrapped in plastic, the equation -â€™57 Plymouth, half a century and several feet of water, is definitely not promising. Weâ€™ll have more on Tulsaâ€™s time-capsule latter on. Until then click â€œRead Moreâ€¦â€ below to see more photos along with a video