There is a curious fascination in watching large industrial machines do their thing. This time the thing It’s ending the life of several cars through a shredder, compressing five vehicles into the size of one. Slow-motion destruction is surprisingly silent and strangely relaxing, but as motorsport enthusiasts, we recognize that there can be an emotional response to the carnage. And you know what? That’s great.
The clip comes from 1964 corvan on YouTube, where you’ll find tons of zen car-crushing videos. There’s no narration, no music, just the visual and aural experience of metal under extreme compression, sending long-forgotten cars to their final destination. The clip opens with three of those cars – a Ford Tempo, Dodge Daytona and an early ’80s Ford Thunderbird – already crushed. They don’t have the same appeal as vehicles like Corvettes or Porsche 911s, but over the course of 30 years, they’ve certainly been invaluable to owners and families alike. What adventures have these cars seen? We will never know.
The crush starts again with a 1980s Oldsmobile Cutlass. A second-generation Dodge Neon is next, followed by a mid-80s square Ford Escort. It is placed in front of the shredder, leaving room for a Plymouth Sundance to tackle. your end with the others in the rear. Through the lens of automotive history, these models are nothing special, but at some point, they we are valued and loved by someone. Maybe the Cutlass was a young driver’s first car, or maybe the Neon took someone to the hospital at the last minute. Once again, more stories we’ll never know.
The final car, however, is something special. And we wouldn’t be surprised if you’ve never heard of it, because only about 1,400 were built. It’s a Buick Skyhawk Road Hawk, and while we’re not experts on the model, we know it was a special-looking package that animated the little Skyhawk for 1979 and 1980. It came at a time when vehicle performance was low, and like many other cars of that time, was practically forgotten.
We choose no to forget, nor the video, as the camera operator offers a little tour of the rare gem. This Skyhawk has no hope of restoration – its updated interior is ripped, the body panels are broken, and rust is prevalent. But the special model is given a final look like a whole car before taking its place in the shredder.
If anyone has more information about the Skyhawk Road Hawk, we’d love to hear more about it. And if you want more classic car content from the 1980s, check out our special Radwood-focused episode of rambling about cars podcast, available below.
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