I think a lot of us have seen that video of the (I may have the years or make wrong) a 1957 Cadillac vs a 2007 Cadillac in a head-on collision. Utterly disproves the “They don’t build em like they used to, out of STEEL!” notion; the 1957 Cadillac was utterly obliterated.

Scariest bits were A) Steering column of doom, B) Collapsing roof, C) Collapsing seats and D) I don’t think safety glass was used back then (So you get sharp shards instead of little gravelly bits)

With that in mind, after what model year is a car’s performance in an accident more or less equivalent to modern times?

For example, what would be safer in an accident:

1997 Toyota Supra, or 2015 Alfa Romeo 4C?

1989 Mazda Miata, or 2015 Fiat 500?

1999 Mitsubishi 3000GT VR4 or 2015 Dodge Challenger?

2000 Ford Mustang Cobra R or 2015 Nissan GTR?

2001 Honda NSX vs 2015 Toyobaru?

Is there any conceivable way for the older car in these parings to fare better in an accident? (Only argument I could think of off the top of my head is that older cars tend to be smaller, so perhaps you’re less likely to be involved in one in the first place!)