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Old 12-14-2006, 07:40 PM
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Business Coupe

Hi,,This could be a dumb question,but can some one tell me the difference between a regular coupe and business coupe? I just got a 47 ford and some of my friends say it's a business coupe.

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Old 12-14-2006, 08:38 PM
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Business Coupe = no rear quarter window or back seat.

(to the best of my knowledge----which can be questionable)

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Byrian's right

A business coupe,, has a huge trunk, and usually No back seat,, was used by the traveling salesmen of the day,,they needed the extra room to carry samples and product catalogs,,
a standard coupe had a back seat and usually quarter windows like Byran mentioned,,, Good question Bill
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Business coupes would have lent themselves well to the "Illicit Beverage Trade", what with no back seat'n all
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Ford offered 2 coupes from 1941-48, the short door 5-window Coupe which was a 3-passenger coupe with no backseat and the long door Sedan Coupe which was a 5-passenger car with a back seat. The rear quarter windows on the 5-window Coupe were fixed while the Sedan Coupe quarter windows pivoted open.

Business Coupe is a term not often used by Ford in the early days but models were offered that became known as business coupes even if Ford did not so designate them.

The Chrysler product line is well known for their 3-window Business coupes with the very short tops and long decks. These were available in the late 40s in Chrysler, DeSoto and Dodge and in the early 50s in Plymouth.
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Business Coupe

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I do have quarter windows and they do swing out.
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I have a 39 Hudson Coupe, with quarter windows and two occasional fold-down rear seats.

Cole (a member here) has the business Coupe 1938, they have no rear seat. The trunk is so huge without a rear seat, they were fitted with a pull-out drawer to reach the back, which extended right into the car.

See Cole's journal where he is modifying it to fit a seat.
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If your quarter widows swing out, you probably do not have a business coupe or they have been modified. The key to identifying the business coupe is the shorter door (same as front door of the 4 door sedan) as stated earlier. The regular coupe has the longer door of the 2 door sedan to allow access to the rear seats. It also had a bench seat with split seat backs to allow it to be folded forward to aid in rear seat entry. The business coupe seat had a full length seat back that was hinged at the top to allow it to be raised up for access to the cavernous storage area behind the seat and in front of the trunk.

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Chevy had business coupes with no back seat and a gas tank where it would have been. I have seen none newer than 1955 and only a couple of them. In the 40s they were more common and can usually be distinguished by the gas filler in the side.
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Like everyone else is saying, the business coupe had the short door and the longer trunk. While the reguler coupe had longer doors.
My car is a standard coupe. Are your doors and trunk in proportion with mine? If not, you have a business coupe.
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here is a business coupe for comparison. Note the different roof and trunk lines with the shorter door.
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On the above pictured 42-48 Ford Coupes, note the quarter windows are the same size and so is the trunk lid. The shorter doors are accomodated by a roof panel and quarter panels that are longer to the rear fender.
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All these post are starting to make sense. I'm not a ford guy neither is my father, but his business coupe is bad ***. Tube chassis, 78 camaro front end, body dropped. sick. Still sittin' in the back yard.
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Re:Business Coupe.

As earlier stated, business coupe has no back seat.Also has huge trunk. I know this because my brother has 41 Dodge business coupe sitting in garage doing nothing, for last 25 years. (all steel car).But he won,t let me near it to Pro street it. He just hoards everything.
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