This Chevy 57 was found in Northwestern Lake Ontario with the sounds of vintage car enthusiasts

A vehicle located at the bottom of a lake in northwestern Ontario has caused a stir in the vintage automobile world.

The excitement began when the Lake Superior Marine Conservation Area posted on its Facebook page last week about the sunken car in Lake Nipigon.

Several underwater photos were also posted and an online discussion ensued.

Angelo van Bogart, editor of Old Cars magazine in Wisconsin, was among those tagged.

Soon he was able to identify the car as the 210 Chevy Wagon of 1957, a member of one of the most iconic car brands in history.

This 57 is a restored Chevy 210, the same color as the one at the bottom of Lake Nipigon. The 57 Chevy station wagons have become very desirable in recent years, says Angelo van Bogart, editor of Old Cars magazine. (BringaTrailer.com/Google)

“Anyone with the slightest interest in vintage cars can usually recognize a Chevrolet 57,” said Van Bogart. “They’ve been on stamps, they’re all over pop culture. It’s just one of those cars that stands out. They have a shark fin in the back and they have really cool hooded headlights. It’s just a very fun style.”

Van Bogaert said records show that about 27,000 station wagons were built in 1957. He said that usually about 10 percent of vintage cars are in some form, but he expects it to be less for 57 Chevy station wagons, as they do. Experienced longer and harder use. Traditionally, 57 Chevy station wagons weren’t seen as collectible, van Bogart said, but that has changed.

“Station wagons in the last five, ten or so years have gotten really hot and ’57 Chevy has been really hot cars.” He said. So when you have ’57 Chevy station wagons, you have an interesting car and a car that already has a huge following. ”

Nipigon Mayor Richard Harvey, who is also a marine archaeologist, first boarded the car on a lake diving trip in 2012 and knew it was a 1957 Chevrolet but it was just one of several there. He thought that other items in the lake, such as an old wooden cart and a small canoe, were more historically interesting.

The 1957 Chevrolet is famous for the shark fin at the rear, the hooded headlights and the bumper up front that also includes the grille. Many of these attributes can be seen on the vehicle in the lake. (Lake Lake District Marine Reserve/Facebook)

Harvey said the sunken cars, including a Chevy sports car, ended up in the lake via an old competition.

“The Nipigon Fire Department volunteers used to have a sinking car lottery,” Harvey said. “They put an old car on the ice and you bought a ticket when you thought it was going to pass through the ice, and whoever was closest to the time and date of its fall would win a 50-50 tie.”

Harvey said the wagons will have a rope up front, so they can be taken out of the water afterward. He said that two of the other vehicles still at the bottom of the lake were the ones that had been turned upside down and unable to be lifted. `57 Chevy is the right way, he said, but she had a different problem that kept her there.

Side view of a 1957 Chevrolet 210 at Lake Nipigon. Chevrolet marketed its mid-priced line as the “210” series from 1953 to 1957. (Lake Lake District Marine Reserve/Facebook)

“Interestingly, the cable in the front is actually wrapped around an underwater trunk,” he said. “I turned and sank in the mud.”

Harvey said the car has been there for a long time and has become part of the lake’s fish habitat. He noted that there was a suggestion online that the car should be raised due to its value as a collectible, but he didn’t think that should happen.

“I would definitely argue trying to get it out of there, especially since it’s not too far from the turtle’s nesting area.”

When asked for his opinion on whether ‘Old 57’ is worth withdrawing from the lake, Van Bogart does not seem to think so.

“My understanding of underwater steel is that it might look good on the bottom, but because of the lack of oxygen and cold water, it would make the car look really good,” he said. “But the minute you expose it to oxygen, it will rust really badly. You might be able to remove some bits of stainless steel, or maybe some glass, but the metal will be very weak by the time I pull it off the bottom of the lake.”

For now, the 1957 210 Chevy station wagon from Nipigon lagoon will remain in place, a relic of a bygone era.

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