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COPY-Buried car sees light of day for first time in 50 years

Associated Press - June 15, 2007 3:13 PM ET

TULSA, Okla. (AP) - Hundreds gathered in Tulsa, Oklahoma to watch as a crane hauled a 1957 Plymouth Belvedere from a gaping hole in the city's courthouse lawn.

The car spent the last half-century snug in an underground concrete vault that was built to withstand a nuclear attack. A-bombs aside, the crypt was certainly not waterproof. Event organizers had to pump out several feet of water before unearthing the car.

The Belvedere went underground in 1957 in celebration of Oklahoma's 50 years of statehood.

Also buried with the car were ten gallons of gas -- so future revelers could start 'er up, in case internal combustion engines became obsolete by 2007. That attempt will be made this evening.

The typical contents of a woman's handbag were stashed in the glove compartment, which include lipstick, gum and a bottle of tranquilizers.

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