As a teenager in the '80s I was allowed to drive my parents 4 door 'vette'.
To the people who think they are poor in the snow I have driven in snow over the hood, up hills with all season tires and down groomed snowmobile trails to a friends hunt camp. They are prety much unstoppable. Anytime we had a snowfall we were out in the worst of it and the car never let me down. It was a blast to drive.
Seating capacity 13 teenagers plus beer. (I am older now, but it seemed like a good idea then).
It was gutless, but I still managed to get speeding tickets. I SERIOUSLY abused the car (RE:the 'DUKES of Hazzard') to a point that our mechanic said that it must have been in an accident. It was always cheap to repair and ran great. We sold it to a friend of mine and they drove it into the mid 90s. (Maybe longer, I do not know)
If they were not so gutless and had poor brakes they would have been way more accepted.
A friend of mine had a Scooter version, he had the same driving style as me and it took his abuse. It was rolled on its roof one night with 4 passengers, they got out, no injuries, rolled it over, bunjied the hatch closed (got bent), and he drove it for months before pulling it off the road.
If you want a safe car for a teen to drive a chevette is it. To the people who think that they are unsafe, All cars are only as safe as their drivers. No car can protect you in an accident no matter how well built.
To the people who say that old cars are junk. You may be happy being brainwashed into thinking new cars are safer and better. That is what big business wants you to think. All I find is they have refined them more. They are way more expensive, get the same mileage, cost more to fix, and people still get killed in accidents every day.
I had a lot of fun in a 'vette' and probably would not have survived in other cars.