Car and Driver’s Best Cars to Crash at a Demolition Derby

Have you ever joined in the fun of a demolition derby? If not, you might want to try it out. Car and Driver brought in some demolition derby experts that helped find the best car to crash. On the list of the best used cars one could buy right now is a Lincoln Mark V, a classic Rolls-Royce, a Mercedes-Benz S-class option, a Lincoln Town Car, and a 4×4 AMC Eagle. We won’t spoil it for you and tell you who won.

1979 Ford Lincoln Mark V is the best car to crash

The 1979 Lincoln Continental Mark V is one of the best cars to crash
The 1979 Lincoln Continental Mark V is one of the best cars to crash | RK Motors

Car and Driver brought on some experts to share the best demolition derby cars on the market right now. While the used car market is in turmoil, there are still plenty of options on the market to crash. In the quaint town of Albuquerque, New Mexico, the 1979 Ford Lincoln Mark V was for sale on Craigslist for $2,000. Derek Powell calls the Mark V indestructible, both in body and engine.

This 1979 Ford Lincoln Mark V offered in-tact vents for maximum cooling and hasn’t run since 2012, the last time it turned on. But it came with a title. It isn’t a clean title, but who needs a clean title for demolition derby anyway?

Why not a 1980 Rolls-Royce Silver Shadow 2?

The second option might surprise you. A 1980 Rolls-Royce Silver Shadow 2 was up for sale in California. The price was a bit steep at $4,000, but the Rolls doesn’t start. It has exhaust issues, but who needs that for demolition derby? The people want to see the Rolls-Royce crash, so let’s see how it does. Is it the best car to crash? It might not make it very far in the process, but it’ll be fun to watch while it lasts. This is the car that the team chose as the best demolition derby vehicle.

Mercedes-Benz S-class might not be the best car to crash

1988 Mercedes-Benz S-500 | Alexander James Towle/Fairfax Media via Getty Images

The 1988 Mercedes-Benz S-500 class is up for grabs for $5,988. It has 230,562 miles, and the price is a little steep for crashing. But the inside looks pretty impeccable to drive into another car. With 238 hp, you still have enough power to play around. The Car and Driver experts suggest keeping the radiator intact will be your best bet. Plus, Mercedes is known for being one of the best cars to crash. You may as well go for it.

A 2003 Lincoln Town Car Executive option for class

2003 Lincoln Town Car Executive Ballistic Series | Stephen Chernin/Getty Images

Personally, the 2003 Lincoln Town Car Executive is the best option on the list. For $2,299, the Town Car is a beast. It might be the best car to crash at a demolition derby simply for the body style. You can crash into the Rolls-Royce and take that thing out before moving on to your next target. Plus, there are plenty of Lincoln Town Cars on the road.

The best car to crash: a 1982 AMC Eagle 4×4

The 1982 AMC Eagle 4×4 was listed on Craigslist for $3,995. The price on the website actually says $6,995, which is far too high. The Eagle was the winner of this competition, primarily due to its 4×4 nature. It’s already damaged and missing a window, so you won’t feel bad destroying it. It also has a “keep Portland weird” sticker, making it the perfect target for the other cars. It currently isn’t running, but that’s easy enough. The Car and Driver team almost chose the Eagle as the best car to crash, which makes a lot of sense.

It would be a shame to watch a 1980 Rolls-Royce or a 1988 Mercedes-Benz S-500 get crush in a demolition derby, but that’s the name of the game. These used cars have a lot of value in a demolition derby. The best car to crash at an event might not be the best car to drive daily, but it sure will be fun while it lasts. Watch the video and decide for yourself.

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