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Where can I find a large amount of data on crashes that have happened to answer the question

Which old cars (specific models and years) are you most likely to survive a crash in?

Obviously you would have to normalize these judgements using data on how long each model/year has been on the road and how many of them there are.

And of course with all this kind of data considered, such a ranking will still be "contaminated" with a lot of irrelevant factors that cannot be tracked, like how they were being driven at the time of the crash, and so many others. But even so, without needing fancy statistical theory or rich data, we can at least say "a car at the bottom of the list is probably less safe on average, discounting all other factors, than a car on the top of the list".

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Define "old cars." There are always crash test ratings, but bear in mind that wear and tear can compromise safety. Also most (ie: anything not Scandinavian) cars made before crash testing became basically standard practice weren't engineered for safety (ie: early 90s). –  user1594 Mar 8 '12 at 21:53
    
I think you're going to need to be more specific. What particular cars are you interested in? –  Bob Cross Mar 8 '12 at 23:18
    
You should also define what you mean by "survive". Before air bags and crumple zones became common, you had a lot more people wind up paralyzed or otherwise crippled. –  TMN Mar 9 '12 at 13:29

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Websites like NHTSA might be able to help.

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