Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Overheard in the Hallway...

Discussing the neighborhood Corvairs...
Me: "There's a regular sedan and a hardtop sedan..."

RX: "How can you have a convertible sedan?"

Me: "What? No, a hardtop sedan has no structural B-pillar between the front and rear doors..."

RX: "I wouldn't ride in one of those!"

Me: "...kind of like the four-door coupes that are popular right now..."

RX: "How can you have a four-door coupé?!"

Me: "It's a sedan with a coupe roofline..."

RX: "'A coupé roofline'! I don't want to hear any more; they're just making this stuff up!"


AndyN said...

You've just ruined the old joke: Why do chicken coops have 2 doors? Because if they had 4 they'd be chicken sedans.

Joseph said...

I'm with Bobbi.

Paul said...

I've seen some convertible four door autos. Caddy and Lincoln both had models as I recall. Not many made.

Lots of cars used to have a missing b pillar. Till a few did a rollover and then it was 'integrated roll bar' nonsense.

Robin said...

I'm with Bobbi ... someone is just making this up. ;-)

mustanger said...

There's been some made with a revolving gas tank too. Whichever way you pull up to the pump, the gas cap's always on the other side.

Sigivald said...

She's right, too.

"Four door coupe", my ass.

Daimler-Benz - and BMW - can go urinate up a braided retention device for that monstrosity.

There's no such thing as a (definitive, at least) "coupe roofline", given that a great number of coupes exist (and existed) that had identical rooflines to the same-body sedan.

And "hardtop" fell out of normal use by the late 60s, thank God.

(Though "how can you have a convertible sedan?" - easy. Put four doors under the removable/folding top.

It's never been common, but it's been done occasionally since the 30s.)

TV Norn said...

RX: "I wouldn't ride in one of those!"

...So one could say that Bobbi is, uh, 'chicken coupe'?

Tam said...


The British and then the Japanese did it first. (And by several decades.)

jesse in DC said...

The Rover P5B "coupe", one of the cars on my list of cars to own...The hardtops are gone forever sadly as it sure makes a 4 door car look it's best. There were even a few "hard top" wagons made over the years.

Randy said...

Reminds me of some of Winchester's lever gun options:

"That's not a carbine, it's a short rifle".

"Well what is a carbine"?

"A carbine is a short version of a rifle".