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Old 09-17-2009, 09:44 PM   #1
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1959 Chevrolet Bel Air Vs. 2009 Chevrolet Malibu IIHS Offset Crash Test

This test was for IIHS's 50th year anniversary.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d309QCuve7c


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wow that belair got creamed. the malibu did all right. pretty sweet video though.
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Why the hell are they still killing off these PRISTINE classics.

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Old 09-17-2009, 10:22 PM   #4
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i like how the new steering wheel doesnt ram its post into his face
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wow everyone in the bel air wouldve died but i guess it shows how safe soem cars are these days instead of 50 years ago
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wow,i would have been convinced by animation rather then totalling a classic beauty
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1:00

Explain it.
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if that was a 2 door belair i wouldve flipped out... even a 4 dr is worth some decent cash tho
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that's incredible. Even a basic midsize sedan these days is tough
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Some aren't going to understand the video.

First off, offset crash testing wasn't required by the NHTSA until 1997. Sure some may have done some research into offset crashes prior to, but very few (car companies don't care unless required by Gov't mandate/law ?)


The Bel-Air wasn't designed for an offset crash in the least:





Not much blocking 3,400 pounds of metal screaming right at you.
But you put the same 2 cars in a straight on front end crash and lets see what happens.


BTW, you can look up crash statistics here --> http://www-fars.nhtsa.dot.gov/Main/index.aspx
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