Whenever we think of classic cars, most of us tell ourselves 'They don't make 'em like they used to'. Whether it's their simple mechanicals, old-school design, or how they were able to shape car culture as we know it today, classic cars will always have a special place in our hearts.
But if there's one thing classic cars lack against today's modern cars, it's their ability to save you from a crash. While some might say their all-steel construction means they're 'built like a tank', this crash test video says otherwise.
The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) recently demonstrated this by crashing two vehicles made 50 years apart; a 1959 Chevrolet Bel Air and a 2009 Chevrolet Malibu. Given the Bel Air's size and weight, some might think it is the safer car to be in. However, the Malibu comes with modern safety systems as standard, which the Bel Air lacks.
Unlike cars today which offer various safety features like airbags, crumple zones, and side-impact beams to protect occupants from a crash, older cars only had seatbelts or lap belts to safeguard those inside a vehicle.
The result? Well, we'll let the video speak for itself.
It's sad to see the IIHS destroy a '59 Chevy Bel Air to demonstrate just how far we've come in vehicle safety. But this crash test video proves how safe modern cars are against old-school classics.