Years before the ground opened beneath the National Corvette Museum in Bowling Green, Kentucky, and swallowed several Corvettes, a 1954 Ford Crestline Sunliner met the same fate in the Black Hills of South Dakota. No one really knows when the car disappeared—or if, perhaps, it was put there deliberately—but it’s safe to say no human had seen the white convertible in decades.
That is until recently, when Adam Weaver and members of Paha Sapa Grotto, a local organization within the National Speleological Society, discovered the car in abandoned gypsum mine that they assumed was a cave ...
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I think it was just a junker that was dumped in there to get rid of it. The one photo shows it's missing it's rear axle and wheels. I bet the rest of it is gutted also.
It looks more like a hardtop than a convertible. You can clearly see the rear package shelf that a ragtop lacks and the same picture contains the remnants of the black steel roof
So THAT's where I left that thing. Man, what a weekend that was! All I remember is a lot of tequila, a "dancer" named Kandi, and something about a circus monkey?
Hard to believe, but back in the 60's cars like this were considered worthless junk. In the San Francisco Bay area there are creeks here and there that were lined with cars from the 40's and 50's and then buried, to prevent erosion. You can now see bits and pieces of the cars sticking out from the bank.
This was definitely NOT a convertible. The black top is crushed and pushed forward. The structure for the package tray is quite visible. I will try to post an enlarged and much brighter last picture that clearly shows this.
I was never great at chemistry, but I think gypsum is not unlike lime, which is very reactive. Add in ground moisture and humidity and it is formula for bubbling the paint right off. The prior photo shows the right door either open or popped open by the crushing. even if there wasn't a giant boulder on top of it, i suspect it was badly corroded and not salvageable. (Never heard of goodly corroded!)
I posit that maybe it was stolen and stashed there to bury, or hide it...
Can't post the pic, dammit!
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