Just to be clear, I wasn't attempting to put down safety regs, while I don't have the experience you have, being an avid motorcycle rider as well I am painfully aware of just how many dangerous situations exist on today's roads. As traffic and average road speeds increased, so the safety standard HAD to, and have progressed.
My point was more around it being an unfair comparison when looking at size or weight of a vehicle to compare to those who came before the world and roads changed so dramatically. Balance is key and designers clearly have more considerations today then they did back then.
Also fully agree, Miata is a great car. I had a ND RF before stepping into a 2010 Boxster S and subsequently my current 718. Great cars and fantastic value for the money, but they are no Porsche...
My point was just that you're never going to see cars like that again, and, to your point, that has proven to be for the better!! Sorry to hear what you went through, but VERY happy to hear that the car did its job and saved your bacon!
PS, just to add as well, I'm personally quite happy with everything including the dimensions of the 718's, if it seems too big, driving a current gen 911 will likely change one's mind.
Having survived a crash (I was rear-ended and driven into the median concrete barrier), I thank the government, the safety engineers and Ford's designers every day.
Had this happened with Orton's Alfas (of which I am intimately familiar with, as I grew up with them in Europe) I would have not lived to tell you the tale. The engine was pushed back 18" but under the passenger cabin! 18" of a GT Veloce engine would have crushed my legs as a minimum, but I suspect that it would be more than 18" due to the lack of crush zones.
I love old beautiful cars too... But all this BS of how good the good ol' days were and how safety and engineering considerations ruined the beauty leaves me stone cold and slightly PO'd if you had to guess... If you want a smaller convertible, buy a modern Miata. If you want a smaller Porsche, we don't have one...