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.