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Hagerty
Hagerty Employee

Canadian firefighters sunk this '57 Chevy in Lake Superior-for a lottery

The craziest thing about this 1957 Chevrolet wagon isn't its location under the waters of Lake Superior's Nipigon Lagoon, or even its newly acquired status as a fish habitat. It's how this vintage machine got here in the first place. Nipigon is a Canadian township in Northwestern Ontario-with the unusual distinction of 5.8 mile-wide crater on Mars named after it.
https://www.hagerty.com/media/news/canadian-firefighters-sunk-this-57-chevy-in-lake-superior-for-a-l...
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JeepCJ5
Intermediate Driver

I would be interested to know the approximate year that this car was sunk. I cringe watching old movies where cool cars such as a 1957 Chevy are destroyed, but I have to remind myself that they were just 15+ year old wore out cars at the time. I certainly don't cringe when I see cars like a 1998 Accord destroyed these days.
OldCarMan
Instructor

Can't destroy enough Accords or Camrys... 🙂
Flashman
Technician

"...both to then a nature of this sunken Chevy and the car-sinking lottery at large". I think you could replace "then a" with "the". Sloppy.
JSievers
Instructor

Hopefully they drained all the fluids before allowing the car to sink.
jasper4247
Pit Crew

I'm sad that it's a '57 Chevy down there, but pretty cool fundraising idea.
I'll resist the temptation of offering a suggestion to make their next one even more profitable.
drhino
Technician

Tesla!
Gary_Bechtold
Specialist

This might be one of the more Canadian things I have read. Eh?

merlebalke
Advanced Driver

We were also doing this here.
Tsaxman
Advanced Driver

Yah, hey. You betcha.
bruold1
Intermediate Driver

Sink a 57 Chevy wagon now i'm sure Canadians are idiots.
markim
Pit Crew

Now now. You 'mericans seem to be having your own troubles. Where do I start.......
merlebalke
Advanced Driver

Not just a Canadian thing. They were doing this on frozen Wisconsin lakes back in the day and I daresay probably also in Minnesota.
Cornbinder
Detailer

Absolutely a norther states thing! This was an annual fundraiser for the fire dept. in the central MN small town I grew up near - into the late 1970's. By that time, the engines & transmissions were removed (lest the lake it was conducted on, the shores of which are in the city, get polluted and fowl the city beach). Being Minnesota, the subject car was always a heavily rusted-out sedan. If it wasn't stripped of anything of value by the time it was parked on the lake, the local hoodlum kids (ahem, or so I understood) would finish the job.
TG
Technician

BLAME CANADA!
bblhed
Instructor

It might be worth $21,700 if it is drivable, but on the day it hit the bottom it was probably worth less than $50. As others have said, the cars they sank were most likely unremarkable at the time they sank them. As a SCUBA diver I think this place would make a really cool car show, I have dove on sunken cars before and they make for interesting diving. people would do well to remember that if every example of the 1957 Chevrolet survived they would be nearly worthless so this car is part of the fleet that makes the ones still in the market valuable.

When I drove my 1966 Barracuda to the junkyard it was worth more as a block of steel than as a drivable car, that is not the case today. Just saying.
FloridaMarty
Instructor

One of the dumbest ideas I've ever heard.
PRScott
Instructor

This has been an annual sport in Quebec for many decades.
N8KFE
Pit Crew

The tradition continues.....https://sinkthesled.org/
rxk9394
Intermediate Driver

it's got 2 many doors! that $21.7k estimate is a bit charitable also...

A bunch of of 57 four door "whatevers" should all be jealous knowing that their sibling is now almost famous and hanging out with fishies and turtles in retirement.
Zephyr
Instructor

Back when they were just old junk cars, here in the West many 1950's era cars were buried in the banks of creeks to prevent erosion. They occasionally reappear today as the creekbed erodes.
JJBUBABOY
New Driver

I say let them keep doing it!
But make it a two fer and use Prius as the new fish homes! They will love em....
Reinhold_Weege
Instructor

This article reads like clickbait.
oldscool
Pit Crew

Appears to be a 210 Handyman wagon.
Jr1
Intermediate Driver

An elderly friend of mine worked at a garage in his teens and told me that he assisted in filling a gully behind the station, with old cars. That gully has a convenience store built over a Pierce Arrow that was started up and driven into the hole.
Jr1
Intermediate Driver

A classmate was with his father, fishing through the ice on a NY lake in the early 1960's. Pops had driven his new Cadillac Coupe DeVille onto the ice, and as they fished, they heard some noise behind them and turned around just in time to see the tail fins disappear. As far as I know, the car is still there with the odometer reading less than 1000 miles.
AWPRon
New Driver

Perhaps YouTube content creator, Adventures With Purpose, 740 NE 3rd ST STE 3-139, Bend Oregon 97701 could assist, even pulling the others out as well in the same  visit. 


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They could use their recovery airbags to gently lift the 57 Chevy out after using it’s Diver to verify it hasn’t become a habitat for any sensitive and protected species. The danger to leaving thes cars is rusting out oil pans, valve covers, differential covers, transmission pans and gas tanks, releasing hydrocarbon based oils into the Turtle nesting areas, while sensitive eggs are maturing. The cars should not be moved until the mating and gestation season is over for any protected species. Contact Jared Leisek of FaceBook Mr. Leisek with AWP. He may also refer you to an affiliated dive team, Chaos Divers which operates in the Great Lakes region, on the US side.

Larryberglof
New Driver

Apparently no one considers this pollution!