I don’t know that the TD is a death trap based on an incident that happened here. Back in the 70s a performance shop on the main drag had a TD for sale; in British green of course. They allowed some guy to test drive it one afternoon and unbeknown to the shop, this guy was fairly well intoxicated on Vodka.
He blasted off from the shop and a few blocks later was doing almost 70 MPH. That was the speed he was at when he plowed into a police car with 2 cops in it who were sitting at the red light. The guy never even touched the brakes and keep in mind this was the era of steel bumper cars.
Both cops went to the hospital with neck injuries and the intoxicated TD driver was examined and released while suffering no injuries; followed by being arrested.
I went down to the lot and the police cruiser was just as bad off as the TD, if not worse. The rear bumper on the cruiser had been shoved clean into the back seat and even the cruiser’s roof was buckled. The TD had the front end smashed up pretty bad but did look repairable.
It’s ironic that the drunk with no seat belt in use got out of this wreck almost unscathed.