How do cars endure head-on collisions today compared to automobiles in the 1960s? This video shows what happened when researchers sent a 1959 Chevrolet Bel Air on a collision course with a 2009 Chevrolet Malibu to demonstrate how each car would be impacted by an identical crash. As you can see, the Bel Air was a flimsy death trap compared to its present-day counterpart.
“The crash test was conducted at an event to celebrate the contributions of auto insurers to highway safety progress over 50 years,” the video’s description reads. “Beginning with the [Insurance Institute for Highway Safety’s] 1959 founding, insurers have maintained the resolve, articulated in the 1950s, to ‘conduct, sponsor, and encourage programs designed to aid in the conservation and preservation of life and property from the hazards of highway accidents.'”