1954 Packard Clipper Super from North America - Comments

14th Sep 2009, 17:05

"Why are you using a collectible as a daily driver?"

He never said that he was, however, some people have the mentality that the older vehicles are built better and are safer than the newer vehicles. I personally know for a fact that they aren't, but I don't care if they're people that do.

And for some of you who will ask me why I know this, well it's simple.

Look at the number of car accident related deaths from the 50's, and then look at the number today. You'll notice the number of deaths in the 50's is much lower than the number of deaths today. (Some of you are now thinking: "AHA! He proved himself wrong!") BUT, you have to take into account the fact that the number of cars on the road today has DRASTICALLY increased since the 50's. If there are more cars on the road, than there is a higher chance of having an accident, which means there is a higher chance of being killed in one.

Also notice that the car accident related deaths in the 50's were frighteningly gruesome. When you died in a car accident in the 50's, you were brutally killed. Most victims were DECAPITATED, and the ones that didn't have that unfortunate fate died slowly and painfully from head trauma due to the metal dashboards and lack of seatbelts.

In today's accidents, if the victims are unfortunate enough to die, they usually die quickly and painlessly (as long as they were wearing a seatbelt and the airbags performed properly, not to mention the severity of the accident.)

While there were less car accident related deaths in the 50's (and 60's) you have to take into account these facts.

16th Sep 2009, 13:47

My cars are street rods, late model drivetrains and modern chassis suspension components, Brembo brakes, better tire technology for safety. Better than unmaintained cheap late model rattletraps.

I fear these many uninsured and endangering us. I just drove in a large caravan and feel safer around the heavily invested cars that have new drivetrains. I see dangerous cars spewing oil bald tires body damage that made inspection, but are months away from the next. And newer cars are just unsafe on our roads. People may make the payment, but do zero to keep them safe and roadworthy I am afraid.

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