Date: Fri, 17 Mar 1995 09:52:51 -0600

From: "Timothy C. Frazer" mftcf[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]UXA.ECN.BGU.EDU

Subject: Re: your mail

On Fri, 17 Mar 1995, wachal robert s wrote:

Correct me if I am wrong, but didn't 'coupe' refer to a 2 door car and

'sedan' to a 4 door?

Was 'coupe' ever a synonym for 'sedan'?

To understand this you have to be old enough to remember what 40s cars

looked like. You could by a chevrolet or ford sedan in either a 4-door

or tudor (the spelling used in ads). The tudor was the same basic body

shape as the sedan. The coupe was more like an enclosed 2-seater,

although itsometimes had a very cramped rear seat. It had more rakish

lines than the sedan, with a big sloping rear deck. See the car Humphrey

Bogart drives in The Big Sleep. (I think its a 38 Plymouth).

The best looking coupe was the 1940 ford. I always wanted one.