Older cars are safer, right?

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  1. DavidS
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    WRONG!

    [ame=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YHp1GAFQzto]YouTube - IIHS 50th Anniversary Crash Test[/ame]
     
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    Safer? No. Better looking? Absolutely.
     
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    tell you what....you get in your smart car and i will get in my 59 caddy.....
     
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    Old Caddy's are chick magnets... :D

    I know. I had a '69 Coupe Deville and '70 Fleetwood Brougham.
     
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    Howev4er......if you have a lot of time and a good amount of cash, you can make a 50's car as safe as a '09 car.

    But.......it's gonna cost you.

    Something to realize by the way, if it wasn't for the government getting in our hair and forcing the auto industries to develop safer and better cars, we'd still NOT have airbags, safety glass, crumple zones and all the other stuff.

    Sometimes, government interference is a good thing.
     
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    Who ever claimed they were safer?

    Sounds like another DavidS straw man erection! :rofl:
     
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    Current cars ARE safer than 50's and 60's cars.

    Size does NOT mean safety.
     
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    Definitely better looking--I don't understand why they don't go back to some of the old designs--like a 59 Impala--beautiful! Otherwise, no they weren't safer--and when people crashed, many times the engines would land in the front seat. I think cars are built to withstand things like that, but otherwise, they are boring to look at.
     
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    I just bought a '70 Beetle as a restore project. Maybe I could weld in a roll cage, beef up the bumpers, and add air bags.



    Naaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa......................
     
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    I nearly broke my elbow in a 1957 Chevy Belair when my knee slipped off the back seat while I was having a very close conversation with a pretty young lady. Although I've only done it a couple of more times in a later model car, I never slipped. Is it fair to label older cars "unsafe" because of this incident?
     

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