The older generation of car enthusiasts would often say that yesteryear’s automobiles will fair better in a crash. There’s a nugget of truth in that matter but most of the time, it’s the modern cars of today that has the upper hand.

Take for example this crash test conducted by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS). Involved was a 2009 Chevy Malibu and a 1959 Chevy Bel-Air.

Malibu Bel-Air crash 2

At first, it appears the more brutish looking Bel-Air will survive the crash with minimal scars, but the newer Malibu does have modern alloy technology and the most important safety feature, crumple zones.

But others will still say the Bel-Air has stiffer steel construction, but that will also result in the downfall of the classic American car as you’ll see in the video later.

See how the crash ends for the two cars, and see the surprising result.

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