Car crash is not a nice experience. First of all, someone can get hurt or it can be painful for your pocket especially if it is car legend.
Many years ago, the view on passive or active safety was completely different from the view we have nowadays. And on top of that, evolution of engines was much faster than evolution of safety features for example. Just have a look at the video, even dummies had the life much more difficult than now.
Traverseé de Paris 2016
By Dopravní fakulta ČVUT