• Jul 6, 2009
Click above to watch video after the jump

We've shown you crash test footage that we thought was the worst we've ever seen, but anything seen here in the past has nothing on the crash of what appears to be a 1978 Holden Commodore VB. After the jump is video of said sedan hitting a cement barrier and collapsing like an accordion. The Commodore was reportedly crashed at 62 mph back in 1992 to to test the vehicle's drive system, and not the car itself.

For the record, most of America's crash tests are performed at closer to 35 mph, so if the 62 mph figure is correct, the speed of this test collision is far greater than what we're used to seeing. Regardless, the carnage of the accident is far to great not to see.

Just for fun, we have also added post-jump footage of a Volkswagen T3 combi hitting a cement barrier at an unknown and presumably high rate of speed. The crash was so severe that the chances of anything larger than a cockroach surviving is pretty much zero. Which impact is worse? You be the judge by watching them both after the jump.

[Source: TTAC]



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      • 5 Years Ago
      AFAIK was the commodore a cheaply repaired salvage car to show the effects of shoddy backyard repairs on structural rigidity
        • 5 Years Ago
        yep, that's what i recall. this was to demonstrate how welding the front of one vehicle to the rear of the other will seriously affect structural integrity and chassis response in a collision.....

        it's not indicative of how a commodore would really respond in such a scenario
      • 5 Years Ago
      You can buff that right out.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Try watching the videos while listening to Scott Joplin's The Entertainer. Extra luls.
      • 5 Years Ago
      This was done by Crashlabs in NSW in about 92 to commission the crash test lab.
      The boot and passenger footwell were both filled with sand ballast and the driveshaft was removed. 100km/h impact.
      • 5 Years Ago
      The VW was loaded (overloaded) with a bed full of concrete so as to increase the mass and test the testing system more than the car itself.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Might look scary, but I doubt this will make much of a difference to classic car enthusiasts.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Creepy!!! And the VW bug is the most creepy for me, as I own one that is driven only on weekends.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Best moment: Note the Bondo popping off right behind the Holden's right-rear mudflap...
      • 5 Years Ago
      Brocky would be ashamed of this getting out.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Oh Hai,

      I was sitting here in the back seat by myself, getting lonely. So I thought I'd sit up front with you.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Hell if I have to be in either one make it the hippie van so I can be stoned when I vaporize.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Moral of the story....

      the trunk is the safest place for your childrens
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