I smacked my 71 Chevelle into the rearend of a newer(90's) Honda Accord at about 50mph that stopped in the middle of the road. Crushed the whole rear pushing it upward. Radiator went into the fan on my Chevelle. The lady I hit drove away with my drivers license when I decided to move my car to the side of the road. I filed a hit & run with the police department even though I was the one that hit her. I never did have to pay for that accident.
If I can dig up the ladys estimate it has pictures of it. I'll upload them when I find it.
one time i got rearended by a hyundai...somthin or other(compact car) in my linc mk8, and i got a bit of scratches on her, and bent the lcplate, but he had 1500 worth of dam. i know that when mom hit a deer with the escort, that that caused about 700 in dam, so iv been trying to figgure out exactly how much dam less a steel bodied car would take, compaired to my linc, which is a beast itself
My 75 Chevelle was transporting me and my wife and one of our friends down the road one night when a lady cut across traffic to get into a convenience store.I got a small dent in my r/t headlight bezel.Her mid 80's Camaro ended up with a busted rear window,a split in the r/t quarter panel,and a large crack in the r/t rear aluminum wheel.She was wigging out,saying her boyfriend was gonna kick her butt.It did not hurt my ride and I felt bad for her,so I did not report it.I am sure she regretted it though.
My Chevelle met it's maker when an old man in an old Cadillac ran a light and hit me in my r/t Quarter panel.Low speed impact,very low speed actually.His grille dug my quarter a 1 1/2 foot gash in the side,I could stick my hand inside the gouge.It made my rearend offset about 12 inches.I drove it home real slowly.The insurance company wanted to give me $250.00 for the car.I gave $2000.00 for it 5 months earlier.
It would all depend on what part of each car was involved anf the general mass of each. The 74 and later cars are real tough on the front with the 5 mph bumpers. New cars have crumple zones and are designed to give in orfer to lessen the impact on the humans. Generall tho the older ones fair better damage wise. I saw pictures of a 2oo2 Ranger pickup the hit a 71 F-100 in the rear corner. The Ranger was almost totaled and it just bent the bumper in about a foot into the rear quarter on the old truck. I also seen an intersection accident where one of those Nissan pathfinders with that hokey looking plasic front with all the big fake rivets had it's nose all busted up with antifreeze running out and I couldn't even see damage on the other vehicle. (Older chev p/u)
I think the question that you should be asking is: So, what result would come to a humanin an old steel car interacting with a new age econo car, say at about a 60-100mph collision
Newer cars are designed to take the impact instead of the driver/passenger....older cars the driver/passenger took the impact. If I was to pick which car to be in the accident as a driver, I would most definately pick the newer econo car. Most newer cars have front/side/passenger airbags. You take a hit in one of them, its like being surrounded by bubble-wrap. You take a hit in an older car, you bounce around like a popcorn kernel in the microwave.
And btw...the newer 'econo' cars, they are made of steel also...its a different type of steel, its called High-Strength Steel.
Don't get me wrong, I would MUCH rather be cruising around in a '56 Chevy then a newer Nissan...but for a family car...something that my wife and kids would be passengers in...give me the throw away cars of today.
Technology can only do so much for you if you slam your new Cavalier into a 76 Coupe DeVille. It is still a mass thing. I saw a 66 T-bird rip a 65 Mustang coupe completely in half once and the T-bird was driven away.
I would much rather have my kids in an 88 Ford Crown vic with no airbags than in a new Focus with them. Assuming everyone is wearing their shoulder belts.
Four years ago I hit a 1998 Nissan pickup with my 67 F100, it wasn't pretty. I was going 15-20 in a 20MPH school zone when some jerk ran a stop sign going 30-40 MPH and I hit him in the passengers side of the box, right at the tire. The impact knocked his truck 15 feet sideway and his truck smashed into a telephone pole. The guy who owned the truck had a camper shell on the back of it with his kid and dog riding in the back. The dog was thrown through the back window of the camper. The kids head smashed into the roof of the camper and into the back window glass of the truck, breaking it. The passenger in the front of the truck also recieved injuries, not wearing seatbelt. The tire on the Nissan I hit with my truck broke off with the drum hub and was laying on the street. The 98 Nissan had to pulled onto a wrecker and I drove my truck home. I found out the kid had to get stiches and the passenger had whiplash. I didn't even feel a thing when I hit the guy, but 1 hour later I got double vision was dizzy and could not walk. I had to be taken to a hospital, I had a concusion and whiplash. I never remembered hitting my face on the steering wheel but I did. That old F100 stood up to the accident but all of the energy was trasfered to me, in this wreck I would have been fine if it was a new car. Who would think I could get hurt only going 15-20 MPH, those old vehicles do not give in wrecks.
about 1996 my neighbors little girl put her new little jap car in neutral while she went into the house, and it coasted about 25 feet down hill into my 55 truck when it was two wheel drive (closer to the ground). she scratched the paint off my bumper. had to pick her bumper off the ground as well as part of the grill and turn signal, smashed the headlight in too. crunched the front fender and pushed it back into the door so the door wouldn't open.
A friend of mine was driving down the street in our old neighborhood.There are no driveways and all cars park on both sides of the street there.If there were no cars,then it will still be barely passable for cars traveling in opposing directions.He just turned a corner and was traveling at about 10MPH. A little 5 year old boy darted from between two parked cars. My bud hit him,the police and Fire Dept showed up.Fire Dept. always shows up as a first responder to accidents like that. The police could not find out where the kid came from,a neighbor came out and told the police where he lived,they knocked on the door,no one answered. They went in and found The Mother Of The Year passed out high and drunk on the couch. They arrested her and the kid went to the hospital,full recovery,and went into CPS custody.