Tuesday, October 10, 2006

FOR SALE: Brand New 1957 Plymouth Belvedere Sport Coupe

Such a classified may well appear sometime next year after officials in Tulsa, Oklahoma, unnearth the Plymouth their predecessors buried on the city courthouse lawn June 15, 1957. My Buddy Dale Baker at Okie on the Lam has the details and a link to the Tulsarama video of the original event.

Check out the Tulsarama web site, too, because it has lots of shots like the one at left of 57 Plymouths, as well as a list of the items that were buried with the Belvedere. I was only seven years old in 1957 but even then the car bug had bitten real hard and I was very much aware of the high-finned Belvedere.

Since we were a Chevy family, however, I didn't like the Plymouth, even though in retrospect, I have to say it epitomized in some respects the 50s' obsession with fins and rocketry in styling at least as much as the 59 Caddy that is more frequently cited. Chrysler's chief stylist Virgil Exner must have thoroughly enjoyed himself doing the 57 Plymouth.

Thanks to Dale for the tip on this.