By on December 3, 2012

Before the moose test, there was the rhino test.

Is this a ’55 Chevy? The B&B surely know. What’s important here is how well the passenger compartment stood up to the impact. Chevrolet! Bad for rhinos — good for you!

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11 Comments on “What’s Wrong With This Picture: Insufficient Rhino Lining Edition...”

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    Without a crushable space, no seat belts and a hard dash the passengers also felt the impact of that rhino.

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    So, that’s why today the Rhino’s nearly extinct…

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    Yup that’s a ’55 Motoramic Chevrolet! See the USA in your….

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    I would love to know the story behind the picture.

    Big city US zoo escapee or a ’55 Chevy in Africa on a late 1950s National Geographic picture tour?

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    el scotto

    He fixed it himself and ironically used the leftover insurance money to form Rhino records

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    What the pic doesn’t show is that the beastie was already dead and the ’55 bumped into its carcass at 5 mph.

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    Looking back on the picture during a recent interview, the car’s owner Bob Sutton remarked that: “The funny thing is, I was going to get a new Pontiac Safari Wagon, but they didn’t have any in stock so I got the Chevy instead!”

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    “is this a 55 chevy?” That has to be a joke, there are certain cars that everyone knows what they are when they see one. Like vettes, beetles and 55-57 chevies.

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    I assume everyone here saw the recent crash test where they used a cherry ’59 Chevy and filmed it ? .

    For those who didn’t know , ’59 Chevies were HUGE and ,made of _tinfoil_ ~ they folded right up in any crash no matter how minor .


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    It looks like the rhino might have rammed the car from the side. Rhinos are ornery and not very smart – something they have in common with moose (I’m sure everyone has seen the online photo of a rutting moose attempting to hump a buffalo statue on a pedestal?). If so, the photo proves the ’55 was as flimsy in a crash as the ’59, but both years were curvy but not well braced BOF. Bottom line: the rhino hit the car, not the other way around.

    Aw, here’s the link:

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    For one thing the 59 chevy was flimsier due to the weak X frame. Secondly, the crash in this case case was not all that severe, judging by the amount of damage to the front clip. Also, the upper part of the front clip took the brunt of the impact, not the frame. You can tell by looking at the car, and it would make sense, due to the height of the rhino’s body.

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