Two Caddys, One Crash: Which Car Fares Better, the 1962 or the 2002 Cadillac?
"They just don’t build ‘em like they used to, Bucky!" says your grandpa, as he slides behind the wheel of your strange little furrin’ Toyota hooptie. "Why, my ’62 Buick Invicta could bounce off lightposts all day," he continues, "Why one time, on my way back from the VFW…" and right before zoning out from yet another Abe Simpson story, you think to yourself that he may have a point this time. After all, enveloped in acres of metal and iron, with bumpers the size of fishing trawlers, did those old cars really hold up better than the benefits of modern technology? Turns out he's right. They don’t build ‘em like they used to…but we can all sleep happily as a result. In an homage to an earlier video by the NHTSA where a 1959 Chevrolet Bel Air meets a 2009 Chevy Malibu head-on (spoiler alert: the Bel Air gets obliterated, along with its hypothetical driver), the Speed Channel show Stuntbusters crashed a 1962 Cadillac Sedan de Ville into a 2002 Cadillac Deville at 50 miles per hour. In this bout of Caddy-on-Caddy violence, the sheetmetal crumples and the Bob Seger tapes go flying—but in the end which car fares better? You’ll just have to watch the entire video to find out, Gramps.
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