On June 15, 1957, the city of Tulsa, Okla. buried a brown new gold and white 1957 Plymouth Belvedere Sport Coupe in a time capsule in downtown Tulsa as part of Golden Jubilee Week, a celebration of Oklahoma’s 50th year of statehood. Before the car was buried, citizens were asked to guess what the population of Tulsa would be in the year 2007 with the promise that whoever came closest would be awarded the car at Oklahoma’s Centennial celebration in 2007. The entries were sealed and buried with the car inside the vault.
After 10 years of de-rusting and restoration, finally Miss Belvedere as it was nicknamed, was unearthed in June 15, 2007, the car was unearthed and transferred to the Tulsa Convention Center as part of Oklahoma’s Centennial celebration. She found someone who stepped up to the plate to provide the 1957 Plymouth her final resting place.
While other auto museums offered to display her temporarily, none wanted her around permanently.
Boyd Coddington, host of the The Learning Channel’s “American Hot Rod,” was on hand with his crew to help get Miss Belvedere running after spending 50 years buried underground.
An attempt to restore it have encountered a range of challenges.
“It’s basically like papier mâché. We didn’t see the extent of how bad it was until it came here. Anything we thought about doing we couldn’t because it was too fragile. We knew that whatever we touched would be a disaster.” Alas.