Re: [FWDLK] Riding the Coupe
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Re: [FWDLK] Riding the Coupe

A Rose by any other name smells as sweet. But you can't just call
anything a Rose.
At least as of 1951, a Hardtop was a pillarless car. Then only in 2
doors, later they made 4 doors. All cars other than Convertibles has a
"hardtop" but Hardtop meant that it had NO pillars. I've owned 15 or so
Hardtops and they never had pillars. Sedans have pillars.
Coupe originally meant a "closed short coupled car", as opposed to a
roomy long Sedan.
A Business Coupe had no rear seat, giving lots of space for a
salesman's stuff, and often had access to the trunk from the doors, or
an extended trunk into the pass compartment.
 I had a 1939 Buick Opera Convertible Coupe, no rear seat, just small
seats that folded down out of the Quarter upholstery.

It's a shame that the Marketing Dept. messes with the words for a
supposed advantage. '56 & '57 Furys were special cars, available one
way only,  and then in '58 they made it a line. Nice cars, but not the
same. Chrysler 300's were a special car until '62, they made it a
series line. Riding on the name recognition, "I bought me a 300!". Not
the same, Bud,
They paste GT labels on base cars. It should be a very powerful road
car for traveling. That's what the GT means, or did.

My spare change, Ray
Ain't old cars neat?

On Jan 24, 2005, at 8:49 AM, cpollock@xxxxxxxx wrote:

Hello All,
Mopar-ese from that era was the sames as most car manufacturers.  A
two or four-door hardtop had a pillar between the doors.  Or on a
two-door you would find a pillar between the driver's door glass and
the quarter panel window.  On some hardtops (such as the Superbee and
Roadrunner) this was used as the hinge point for the window to pivot
A two or four-door coupe did not have the pillar.  My 73 4-dr Newport
did not have a pillar between the windows, and the VIN number coded it
as a 'coupe'.  Most 4-dr Chryslers, Plymouths and Dodge C-bodies were
pillar-less coupes.  Most Roadrunners and Superbees were Hardtops
because of the extra structural rigidity that the pillar added.  It is
actually a fairly good way (not 100% accurate of course) of telling a
real Big Block car from a dressed up Small Block car.  This would
happen when someone took a 68-70 satellite and turned it into a
'RoadRunner' by adding a big block and deleting the comfort options.
The VIN always tells the truth though, unless it was removed (a
federal offense by the way), from the dashpad.

Just my pennies,

PS- Terry and Andree, the 71 Fury Gran Coupe was a fairly rare model,
as most went into fleet duty.  I have never actually seen the
headlight washer option live in person, though all my books point to
it's existance.  It was also available on 71 Chargers and Monacos.
Not sure what else you could get it on, but it was dropped across the
board by 72, so it was a 1-year-only thing.


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