Picture this: winning a free, all-original 1957 Plymouth Belvedere classic car with a mere 4 miles on the odometer, interwoven with local culture and heritage. Sounds like a dream, doesn’t it?

In the world of time capsules, preserving moments in time for future generations is an enchanting endeavor. Whether sealed for 10, 20, or 50 years, a time capsule captures the public’s imagination, creating a memorable spectacle when opened.

Enter the state of Oklahoma, celebrating its 50th birthday by burying a time capsule that went beyond the norm. Instead of sealing culturally significant items in a vault, they opted for something grand—burying an entire car, a 1957 Plymouth Belvedere, with precious items secured in the trunk. This unique approach drew the public’s attention, as archived footage from the burial day showcases.

Fast forward fifty years to 2007, the much-anticipated moment arrived as the vault was opened. However, the sight that greeted them was less than ideal. While the car’s home had been designed to withstand a nuclear blast, it hadn’t fared well against water. Water had penetrated, reaching as high as the car’s roof, submerging the interior and engine. The car emerged in a sorry state.

Despite the engine being seized up and various parts disintegrating during its underwater tenure, an ambitious restoration project ensued. With meticulous care and attention to detail, the car was restored to a reasonably presentable state. However, the restoration journey hit a roadblock, leaving the car in a state of limbo without a permanent home.

After years of unsuccessful attempts to find a suitable display location, a breakthrough occurred last year when a museum in Illinois graciously accepted the car. Expected to be on public display sometime this year, the 1957 Plymouth Belvedere is set to captivate audiences, sharing a unique tale of time, preservation, and resilience.