Date: Fri, 17 Mar 1995 09:52:51 -0600 From: "Timothy C. Frazer" 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. Tim