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A Sad Ending to a Beautiful Classic

Posted in Best of, Dodge, Domestic Rides, News, Rides, Safety by MrAngry | September 15th, 2011 | 8 Responses |

1969 Dodge Charger Crash

Driving around in a classic car has its privileges. First there are the stares and comments and two, there is a feeling of great satisfaction when rolling around in a piece of history. When it comes to safety though, you simply can’t compare something that was build in the 1950’s or 1960’s to a modern day automobile. You see technology is a wonderful thing and over the last 50 years the safety innovations that have gone into cars is mind blowing. Advanced computers have the ability to monitor every aspect of a cars operating system and can actually tailor them to the owners driving style. On the safety front engineers have devised ways of making the inner cabin a venerable safety cage that protects occupants from harm in the event of a crash by using technology that was unthinkable only 20 years ago.

1969 Dodge Charger Crash

I recently came across these pictures of a wrecked 1969 Dodge Charger. Apparently the owner was t-boned by a large truck and then slammed against a guard rail. Amazingly the owner survived with only a few injuries and was thankfully not carrying passengers at the time of the incident.

1969 Dodge Charger Crash
*The 1969 Dodge Charger pre-accident.

Take a long look at these photos and at how the entire interior structure of the car was destroyed. Look at how the Charger’s uni-body construction just crumpled under impact as if it were made of plastic. It’s not only frightening, but truly makes one think about using these cars for anything more than the occasional Sunday morning cruise. It’s sad to think that there is now one less Charger on the streets, but great to know that the owner will be around to build another classic if they so choose.

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8 Responses

  1. Gabriel says:

    It should buff out.

  2. Curtis Smith says:

    You say you “recently came across these pictures” and yet you speak with authority when saying a modern car would have fared better. How does one make this conclusion without having any knowledge other than photos? Do you know how fast the Chevrolet dually was going when it hit the Charger? Do you know what type of road surface and conditions present at the location of the crash? Are you a trained expert in automotive forensics to be able to draw your conclusion from these photos? Or are you just using these photos to support a bias?

    • carsforfun says:

      Any new car would fair better because the passenger compartment is made of Ultra High Strength Steel, 3 times stronger than any part of that old charger.

  3. Ryan Brewer says:

    Funny, because if you read through the forum where these pics came you would know that the car was t-boned at about 3AM on clear night, moon was full. Driver had swerved to miss and animal and hit the guardrail it flung the car around which disconnected the battery and killed the car in the middle of the road. Another driver pulled in front of the car and put his flashers on and some young punk in his full size Chevy dually who wasn’t paying attention hit the car at 70MPH. Oh and the officer who came to the hospital told the driver he was lucky he was in an “old car” because in a new car he would have been killed.

  4. greg says:

    You ruined a great car you freaking suck at driving you should have died along with that car.

  5. Jamie says:

    Ok, I see people focused on lack of modern safety features. Try focusing on the fact that most modern cars are comprised of a primarily carbon fiber structure for easy shaping, visual appeal, and lighter weight for fuel efficiency.The need for better interior safety features on modern cars is necessary because the body itself provides no protection ay all. That’s like saying an aluminum drink can is as strong as a tin can because you put a couple of toothpicks in it.

  6. Muzz says:

    Do you really believe the rhetoric?
    I have been a Panelbeater for 40 years and repair many old and new cars.I wont drive a Jap car ever as I have seen it all.
    You say this car was t/boned by a truck and the driver survived.What more do you need to know?