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Old 01-27-2016, 03:24 AM
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Pretty cool video. Those old cars had a lot of mass but not much protection. Crumple zones are good to have. Safety has come a long ways. Years ago I was considering getting an older car for fun but after experiencing a crash with airbag deployment I reconsidered. In my case the car was serious toast and I had a slight bruise from the seat belt. In that Bel Air I probably would be dead.
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Cool video.
One of the main reasons why I am not a big fan of older sports and muscle cars as toys.
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I would have put my money on the '59 before watching this.
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Old 01-27-2016, 04:27 AM
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The old cars were/are death traps not doubt. Ever listen to "Teen Angel"?

Seriously the new cars don't have the style but they are far more likely to protect the occupants. Lots of study goes into the safety side of things now.
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Originally Posted by Barnacled View Post
I would have put my money on the '59 before watching this.
Me too.

I had a '57 Chevy 30 years ago. One day I stopped on A1A for a light and a guy in a '70's Camaro hit me from behind at 10-15mph while looking at bikinis. There was only a paint smear on my bumper, but his whole front end was trashed.

My neck hurt a little for a few days, because there was no headrest (whiplash prevention) in those cars.
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Originally Posted by Barnacled View Post
I would have put my money on the '59 before watching this.
This video has been posted before. The last time I did some research and determined that both cars weigh about the same. Not what I had expected. I thought the '59 would be heavier.

Still pisses me off that someone would total a '59 with the results already known !!


By the way. A '59 Chevy conv is the only non Ford I have ever owned.
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Yeah, heck of a way to ruin a nice '59.

The main killer in so many of those older cars was the steering wheel. It literally crushed your chest on impact. Collapsible steering columns was one of the first big steps forward about 1967/68, along with padded dashboards and stronger door latches. Although the manufacturers knew about many of the safety issues, there was nothing really in place to make them add these features until the mid 60's when Ralph Nader started crusading with "Unsafe at Any Speed."

Very interesting read on the history of all this here:
http://amhistory.si.edu/onthemove/th...tory_86_1.html
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Damn they destroyed what looked like a nice classic car.
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This is the main reason I stopped my son from buying a vintage pickup as his first car! As bad as the old cars were, the old pickups were even worse! Love the old cars but glad I'm not driving one on a regular basis.
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Originally Posted by LI32 View Post
Cool video.
One of the main reasons why I am not a big fan of older sports and muscle cars as toys.
I added up all the miles i've put on my cars and came up with 312,000 miles. I have never been in a wreck, not even a fender bender.

Having a toy that I put 2-3,000 miles per year driving on weekends in light traffic... not worried about it. In fact I am thinking about buying a motorcycle.
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Seat belts were not standard equipment for the 1964 models. It must have been right after that seat belts did come standard. In the 1980's there was lots of talk about how air bags would be a big improvement, but that car buyers would never go for the added cost, they became standard equipment in the 1990's.
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I witnesses and old Cadillac (a huge old Cadillac) get into a head on collision with a small newish SUV. The SUV's damage was compartmentalized, it got crushed but collapsed as designed and the passenger compartment was largely unaffected. The Cadillac's was completely crushed and the engine was in the front seat. The driver of the SUV suffered a broken leg. Sadly the drive of the Cadillac died on the scene and the passenger was pinned in the car under the motor. She survived but suffered with horrific burns from the motor and is paralyzed from the waist down.

If you looked at these two vehicle before the crash you would have thought the old Cadillac would have come out on top. It wasn't even a close contest.
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It's amazing how fast that air bag was deployed.
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