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.
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.
*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.