Back in the ’80s I lived on a busy four-lane road in Maryland’s Montgomery County at an intersection that was rated the most (or second most) dangerous in the county. Deceptively dangerous. Didn’t look that bad. But man, some sheetmetal got chewed up there.
One particular afternoon, early rush hour, I was working in my studio when I heard the familiar crunch of sheetmetal. I kept on working until I heard sirens, looked outside, and saw that a hot dog roast was underway. I picked up my camera and hit the scene.
By the time I got outside the Vega was in advanced self-imolation mode. Thankfully, the occupants escaped with minor injuries, but not so the Vega. You weren’t going to be able to buff out this damage.
It didn’t take the Montgomery County FD too long to get the matter under control. The whole time I could help but keep thinking “I thought only Pintos did this!”
The denouement to an exciting afternoon.
I’m not sure if this was a ‘74 or a later Vega, but it definitely had the 5 mph bumpers. The rear looks as though it came through in great shape. Sheetmetal, not so much.