Bury a Belvedere
In 1957, the people of Tulsa, Oklahoma buried a Plymouth Belvedere of the same year. Fifty years later the car dubbed, “Miss Belvedere,” was unearthed. The car was buried into a cement tomb and would be awarded to the person who guessed the population of Tulsa in 2007. The man who won the contest died in 1979 and his prize was given to his sisters who were in their 80s and 90s when they learned they won the car.
Zombie Car Covered in Rust
When the contest was announced, the planners were proud of the work they did to ensure that the beautiful Plymouth Belvedere would rise from the tomb in the same state she went into the tomb. Unfortunately, the crypt did not protect Miss Belvedere at all. Miss Belvedere arose from the dead looking like death – she was completely covered in rust. It turned out that her tomb sprung a leak so water seeped in for 50 years completely destroying her original golden paint. When she was unearthed, she looked like she had been battered and deep fried.
Derusting Miss Belvedere
In an attempt to bring Miss Belvedere back to a state of beauty, the car was shipped to a New Jersey man who developed a rust remover product. It took him nearly two years to strip the rust and bring the car back to a level of normalcy. The challenge comes with the fact that the exterior, interior, and drivetrain were all affected by the rust, water, and muck that made its way into the cement tomb that was supposed to be able to survive a nuclear blast.
The people of Tulsa decided to bury another car, with the hopes of a better experience when the car will be removed. They stuck with the Plymouth brand, but they chose the 1998 Prowler. As a way to celebrate the centennial, they buried the Prowler with the hopes of unearthing the car fifty years later in 2048 to celebrate the city’s sesquicentennial. Let’s hope the Prowler looks better 50 years later than the Plymouth Belvedere did.