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IIHS Celebrates Birthday by Wrecking Classic Bel Air

Posted in Bizarre, Car Tech, Chevrolet, Classic, Collector Cars, Crash Testing, Detroit, History, Old Cars, Safety, Science by Alex Kierstein | September 17th, 2009 | 2 Responses |

YouTube - 1959 Chevrolet Bel Air Vs. 2009 Chevrolet Malibu IIHS Offset

If you ever wondered what the sadistic minds at the Insurance Institute of Highway Safety do to celebrate their birthday, stop. It’s horrible. IIHS has been smacking cars together now for 50 years, and so to celebrate, they decided to show the world how far vehicle safety has come. To do this, they procured a relatively intact, low-rust 1959 Chevrolet Bel Air and proceeded to hurtle it against a 2009 Chevrolet Malibu. The results are conclusive: smacking an old car into another object destroys the old car. It’s the equivalent of a nursing home celebrating their anniversary by smacking around one of their elderly patients in order to prove something we already know. For your information, the hypothetical driver of the Malibu would have had a mild injury like a sprained ankle, and the driver of the Bel Air would have died instantly. Make the jump to satisfy your morbid curiosity with a video.

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  1. Jaolpy Joe says:

    Man these old cars were just crap. They rusted quick, they broke down quick, they killed you quick. Guess the last part was a blessing. New cars are way better. The guys who say otherwise are cracked in the head. You don’t get to call yourself a patriot just cause you stick up for a bad idea.