Hooniverse Asks: What Automotive Item From The Present Would You Put in a 100-Year Time Capsule?

Many of you will no doubt recall the ’57 Plymouth Belvedere that in 2007 was unearthed from a time capsule in Tulsa Oklahoma. Some of you may even remember when it was buried. Hi Gramps! That capsule had turned into a bit of a watery grave, and instead of showing the people of the future an example of decadent ’50s style, it showed them the value in rust proofing. The rust bucket Belvedere resides today in a shop in New Jersey, which has offered it back to Tulsa for display.  The city however, has declined the offer, seeking to avoid the expense that such a display would require.
Materials and sealing technologies have advanced at a precipitous rate since the ’50s and it’s unlikely that a modern time capsule would suffer the same failure that befell the ’57 Tulsa box. Considering that, as well as a longer time – 100 years in fact – buried away, what do you think would be the best automotive items – cars, parts, publications, etc – that we could put in a hypothetical time capsule to best demonstrate the state of the automobile to the residents of 2115?
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  1. Maymar Avatar

    BMW X4 or similar, if just to rid the road of one of them for 100 years.
    Also, we need to warn the future, so they learn from our ugly, compromised, badge-whoring ways.

  2. PotbellyJoe★★★★★ Avatar

    I figure just to mess with the future.

  3. Moparmann Avatar

    A flash drive with the collected wit/wisdom/insight of the Hooniverse clientele!! 🙂

    1. The Rusty Hub Avatar
      The Rusty Hub

      This is shameless pandering.
      And I endorse it.

    2. Alan Cesar Avatar
      Alan Cesar

      No one will be able to read it in the future. Ones and zeros will be different then.

      1. Lokki Avatar

        “Ones and Zeros Will be different then”
        Do you work for the government? Just askin’

  4. Sjalabais Avatar

    Well, you want to show what is modern, fresh, revered and desirable, right? Obvious answer is obvious.

  5. mdharrell Avatar

    I’d put that very same Plymouth into a properly sealed time capsule just to leave the people of the future wondering what went wrong.

    1. Vavon Avatar

      I like your way of thinking!

  6. Soren Barr Avatar
    Soren Barr

    I think the proper thing to do is to put something that we think will not exist in 100 years. So I think that this needs to be a large displacement naturally aspirated engine. While an entire car would be one way to do it, I’d suggest something like a Lamborghini V-12 on an engine stand so it can be run and enjoyed as an engine.
    Nobody would drive and use a stored car, it would go into a museum. An engine in a museum could actually be run and enjoyed.

    1. KAC Avatar

      This! My initial thought was Challenger Hellcat or the new Shelby GT350 but your idea is great.

  7. Citric Avatar

    Instead of a car, a PS3 with a copy of Gran Turismo 6, because then they could learn about hundreds of cars! Provided that they had the right adaptor to hook it up to the TVs of the future… maybe throw in a TV into the box now that I think about it.

  8. Alan Cesar Avatar
    Alan Cesar

    How about one of the Fisker Karmas that died during hurricane Sandy? Might as well continue the nature-always-wins theme.
    Too soon?

  9. BЯдΖǐL-ЯЄРΘЯΤЄЯ Avatar

    None, if John Titor already was able to com back in the past from 2036, they must be still able to do that in 2115!

  10. Scoff Law Avatar
    Scoff Law

    A Pontiac Aztec…
    “Those who cannot learn from history are doomed to repeat it.”
    And it’s not really the expense of displaying as to why the city doesn’t want it back, rather it would just be another rusty clapped out beater parked in front of city hall.

  11. smalleyxb122 Avatar

    It’s not really necessary to time capsule anything. There is not a desirable vehicle built today that won’t already have at least a single example in a museum 100 years hence. Burying a car is unlikely to preserve it nearly as well as active conservation.

  12. stigshift Avatar

    One of these. Better yet, all of these.

  13. Tanshanomi Avatar

    Not only does it perfectly represent the state of the automotive hobby right now, but in a 100 years, some antique car guy is going to LOVE you for it.

  14. david42 Avatar


  15. pursang Avatar

    Not exactly automotive other than his negative impact on the industry, but Al Gore. If only for a few years of peace.

  16. dead_elvis Avatar

    A manual transmission.