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post #1 of 24 (permalink) Old Nov 26th, 06, 8:16 AM Thread Starter
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Hardtop, Sedan, Coupe explain

Hardtop, Sedan, Coupe (68-72 chevelle)


How do you tell the differance?

I see this all the time but how do you now what one you have?

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post #2 of 24 (permalink) Old Nov 26th, 06, 8:33 AM
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Re: Hardtop, Sedan, Coupe explain

Sedan and coupe have a frame around the door windows, and a sharper more vertical roof line profile in the back. Sedans I guess have 4 doors and coupes have two although I have heard coupes described as "2 door sedans". A sedan/coupe is also called a "post", because it has a "post" between the front and back windows.

A hard top has no frame around the door window, and hence no "post" between the front and back side windows. They come in 2 and 4 door versions in a lot of makes and models.

Generally speaking the higher performance goodies were available on the hard tops more than the sedans but there are exceptions to this.

There may be other differences, but these are the obvious ones that come to mind off the top of my head.

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Re: Hardtop, Sedan, Coupe explain

Coupe and 2 door hard top are the same. Sedan (or post car) has a frame around the windows. 4 door hardtop has no frame around windows.

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post #4 of 24 (permalink) Old Nov 26th, 06, 1:31 PM Thread Starter
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Question Re: Hardtop, Sedan, Coupe explain

Andy69 wrote:
Sedan and coupe have a frame around the door windows, and a sharper more
vertical roof line profile in the back. Sedans I guess have 4 doors and coupes have
two although I have heard coupes described as "2 door sedans". A sedan/coupe is
also called a "post", because it has a "post" between the front and back windows.

BobFmTyler wrote:
Coupe and 2 door hard top are the same. Sedan (or post car) has a frame around
the windows. 4 door hardtop has no frame around windows.



Is a coupe and sedan the same or not?? Both say sedans are post cars. ok but what about coupe and hardtop the same?? If so why the two names?

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Re: Hardtop, Sedan, Coupe explain

Sedan can be 2 door or 4 door, both have posts between the doors.

Coupe can sometimes be called a 2 door "sedan" (with post)

Sport coupe is the hard top (no post)

Then there is a 4 door hard top (no post between doors)

years ago "sedan" was always a 4 door
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Re: Hardtop, Sedan, Coupe explain

Anybody got pics?
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Re: Hardtop, Sedan, Coupe explain

Sedan is the post-cars (can be 2 or 4-door)
Hardtop have no post (also can be 2 or 4-door)

I've always considered the "coupe" to be the 2dr hardtop

Andy doesn't know anything about roofs, his car doesn't even have one.
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Re: Hardtop, Sedan, Coupe explain

Heres a 69, you will see a piece of chrome moulding on the edge of the window between the front and back window.

When you roll down both windows its all open with no metal post between the front and rear window. This is a coupe or hardtop, same thing

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I can't find a decent picture of a post or sedan two door.

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Sedan can be 2 door or 4 door, both have posts between the doors.

Coupe can sometimes be called a 2 door "sedan" (with post)

Sport coupe is the hard top (no post)

Then there is a 4 door hard top (no post between doors)

years ago "sedan" was always a 4 door
OK guy's I think we are making head way here.

1) a sedan is a post car
2) a coupe can be called a sedan ( coupe with a post )
3) sport coupe is a hard top but if it has a post could be a sport coupe sedan???

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Re: Hardtop, Sedan, Coupe explain

I've always heard it like this.
Sedan= post
Hardtop= no post
Coupe= 2 door (Sedan or hardtop)

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Re: Hardtop, Sedan, Coupe explain

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I've always heard it like this.
Sedan= post
Hardtop= no post
Coupe= 2 door (Sedan or hardtop)
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Re: Hardtop, Sedan, Coupe explain

Here is a 4 door hardtop with no window frames:

Here is a 4 door sedan with window frames:


2 door cars could come with window frames (sedan) from 64-69. There are no 2 door sedans from 70-72.

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Re: Hardtop, Sedan, Coupe explain

Heres a two door they called a sedan, but it is also a two door post.

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Re: Hardtop, Sedan, Coupe explain

FWIW on '69 Chevelles, GM called a 2 dr post sedan a "Coupe" and a 2 dr hardtop a "Sport Coupe". They called a 4 dr sedan just that and a 4 dr hardtop a "Sport Sedan".

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