Saturday, November 06, 2010

Old vs New

CRASH OF 1959 Chevy With 2009 Chevy

Stay with this 'til the end as there are several camera views.... A 2009 car vs. a 1959 car in a crash test.... Guess which one wins. No sound but the video is enough.

How many times have you heard: "I wish they would make cars the way they did in the old days."

This video dispels that myth.

You know how we always think about what big huge tanks the old cars of the 50's and 60's were for size?

And how we talk about how there is so much plastic on the new cars that if one of the old tanks ever collided with a new car, the new car would be demolished?

Well, someone in the insurance industry put that theory to the test. Be sure to watch toward the end to see the overhead view - and the assessment of driver injury.


Todd HellsKitchen said...

I watched "How It's Made" last week and they were showing how Winnebago's were made... OMG... There's is no structural integrity to it at all... Fiberglass is useless... I'm glad, living in Manhattan, I don't need to drive much anymore or even ride in cars much for that matter...

Scott W said...

At what speed were these cars going?

Bill said...

Really interesting video.

Probably somewhat biased, though, since they chose a 1959 model. In 1959, GM switched from Reynolds Heavy-Duty Aluminum Foil to a cheaper off-shore brand in order to cut down production costs, but it was a one-year trial that failed.

Seriously, though, cars nowadays are much safer & generally more reliable, with safety features we now take for granted. My parents paid extra just to have seatbelts in their early 60's Mercury. This is a cool clip.

Kim A. said...



Mary Christine said...

In 1984, my 1982 Toyota Tercel was rear-ended by a 1957 Chevy. There was a dent in the Toyota. The Chevy was totaled. The hood was up, there was steam spewing from the engine. I was dumbfounded. I had always believed the older cars were more substantial until that day.

Syd said...

Fascinating. I know that my BMW is well built. Probably the best car I have ever owned.