School of 'Hard Knocks'

Shredded metal from the Old Cars crash photo vault
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In a perfect world there would never be accidents. In the real world we know better. Here is a compilation of some unfortunate vintage motor maladies and their bumps and scratches. 

This 1966 Oldsmobile Delta 88 four-door sedan came to a hard stop at a spreading maple tree.

This 1966 Oldsmobile Delta 88 four-door sedan came to a hard stop at a spreading maple tree.

A 1965 Ford Falcon two-door station wagon is surrounded by many brave volunteer emergency crews that respond to duty no matter the hour, location or conditions.

A 1965 Ford Falcon two-door station wagon is surrounded by many brave volunteer emergency crews that respond to duty no matter the hour, location or conditions.

This Ford station wagon took a sudden ride over an embankment. A 3-year-old child climbed into the family car, tampered with the gearshift. The wagon drifted forward and plunged over the bank and into the stream. The startled child was not injured.

This Ford station wagon took a sudden ride over an embankment. A 3-year-old child climbed into the family car, tampered with the gearshift. The wagon drifted forward and plunged over the bank and into the stream. The startled child was not injured.

This Chevrolet Bel Air confirmed the reality of how treacherous snow-covered roads can be. It’s ironic that the Chevy slid head-on into a dump truck full of salt on its way to the highway  department to be used to clear the roads.

This Chevrolet Bel Air confirmed the reality of how treacherous snow-covered roads can be. It’s ironic that the Chevy slid head-on into a dump truck full of salt on its way to the highway department to be used to clear the roads.

A 1959 Ford Fairlane two-door was involved in a horrendous accident with a 1953 Mercury Monterey sedan. Three people lost their lives at a congested junction in northcentral Pennsylvania where Rt. 54 crossed Rt. 15, a main artery at the time of the accident, between New York and the south.

A 1959 Ford Fairlane two-door was involved in a horrendous accident with a 1953 Mercury Monterey sedan. Three people lost their lives at a congested junction in northcentral Pennsylvania where Rt. 54 crossed Rt. 15, a main artery at the time of the accident, between New York and the south.

A 1948 Chevrolet Fleetline two-door stopped for the stop sign than entered the intersection, forming an unpleasant union with 1960 Pontiac Bonneville convertible.

A 1948 Chevrolet Fleetline two-door stopped for the stop sign than entered the intersection, forming an unpleasant union with 1960 Pontiac Bonneville convertible.

A Plymouth  Savoy sedan tapped a 1966 Pontiac GTO convertible. Both then posed perfectly to have their picture taken.

A Plymouth Savoy sedan tapped a 1966 Pontiac GTO convertible. Both then posed perfectly to have their picture taken.

A 1957 Studebaker Silver Hawk, offered in ’57 with either a six-cylinder or a V-8, neglected to stop at a red light and was pushed into an utility pole subsequent to being hit by a 1965 Oldsmobile 88 sedan

A 1957 Studebaker Silver Hawk, offered in ’57 with either a six-cylinder or a V-8, neglected to stop at a red light and was pushed into an utility pole subsequent to being hit by a 1965 Oldsmobile 88 sedan

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