Video of the Day: When old cars collide with new ones

Viewer warning: This video is full of not-pretty crashes

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Video of the Day features crash tests between old and new cars

Holmes Solutions shares a video that shows a series of crash-test collisions between some vintage vehicles and similar but new ones. 

Crumple zones and air bags really do make a difference.

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A former daily newspaper sports editor, Larry Edsall spent a dozen years as an editor at AutoWeek magazine before making the transition to writing for the web and becoming the author of more than 15 automotive books. In addition to being founding editor at ClassicCars.com, Larry has written for The New York Times and The Detroit News and was an adjunct honors professor at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University.

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  1. tests are unrealistic ..cars very seldom hit headon ..99% are side or rear end crashes and not at 50 or above crashes are in city streets and town driving and parking lots ..

    • Such a shame to wreck such a neat car as your Ponti … but I’m sure if you offered it they’d be happy to use it? Reality is the modern cars are definitely more survivable and they need to be with the volume of untrained idiots running on the “it’s always someone else’s fault” thinking that we allow on the road now. Most of us more experienced road users are probably surprised at the direct head-on comparison all the same.

  2. These tests are VERY realistic! With all the people texting etc. , head Ins very likely on two way roads !! I’ve been driving 60 yrs , 40 yrs as a comercial driver. I’ve seen a lot !!

  3. I drive a 68 Charger, a big 4000 pound American car. Honestly I would rather be in a wreck in a Honda Civic. My chances would be better.

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