In June of 1957, in Tulsa, Oklahoma, a brand new 1957 Plymouth Belevedere was buried in a concrete coffin as a time capsule. In June of this year the court house lawn is going to be dug up and the concrete time capsule will be opened.
According to event chairman Lewis Roberts Jr., the Plymouth was chosen because it was “an advanced product of American industrial ingenuity with the kind of lasting appeal that will still be in style 50 years from now.”
By 1957 Plymouth had developed a fully automatic transmission – the PowerFlight 2-speed. The standard engine was a Dodge straight six of 230.2 cubic inch displacement with a whopping 110 horse power rating.
Since this car was to be the centerpiece representation of 1957 they even put the contents of a woman’s purse in the glove compartment. This included bobby pins, a bottle of tranquilizers, cigarettes, and an unpaid parking ticket.
The real zinger here is that in 1957 the citizens of Tulsa were invited to guess what the population of their city would be in fifty years. The guesses were recorded on microfilm and placed in a steel container with the car. The car and a $100 savings account (tells you a lot about inflation doesn’t it) will go to the person who guessed the closest to the actual population.
This could prove to be a real challenge as all the city records on the event are lost. The photos that exist were taken by participants of the original ceremony and many have died. A lot changes in fifty years.