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Our Cars--1953 Ford 2-Door Sedan

Submitted by Rob Waterson for Our Cars Week

1953 FordI am sure we must call my parents' 1953 Ford two-door a sedan because of the central pillar--I am not a car expert, but I am sure a coupe can't have a pillar separating the front and back seats. Ours had a straight-six engine with an oil-bath air filter. With a three on the tree, it was easy to handle and all three of us brothers learned how to drive using this classic. It was a light green with a dark-green top, but the top promptly faded when we used Mr. Clean to wash the car for the first time, so it became all-light-green.

As teenagers in mid-winter Topeka, Kan., we loved to do donuts in our ’53 on city streets packed with snow, but of course only at 3 a.m. on our way home from our rock band’s gigs. The back-seat floorboards rotted out from the salt on the street, so Dad dropped panels of (thin) sheet metal in their place on either side of the huge drive-shaft hump. We popped the clutch so much that Dad had to replace the differential, but he did every bit of work on this car himself.

I would give anything for the resources to be able seek out and possess (and restore, if necessary) one of these babies, just to re-live the experience.  Maybe that is what happens to you when you turn 60. Thanks for listening.

(Chris: This photo came from chooseyouritem.com)

--Clint_KC

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Generally, if it has two doors and a top, it's a coupe. If it lacked the door pillar, in the parlance of the day it was a "hardtop".

The elimination of door window frames (sashes) also denoted that the car was a hardtop, whether 2- or 4-door. Then there were 4-door 'pillared" hardtops, such as the Lincoln Continentals with suicide doors. The windows went down, no sashes, but there was a B-pillar between the doors. Even the Ford LTD was offered that way for a while.

Of course, all newer cars calling themselves coupes have B-pillars. It's a safety requirement - rollover concerns and all that. My definition of a coupe would be two doors and a back seat that is mostly for decoration.

There is actually a formal definition of a "coupe" which has to do with the distance between the driver's seat and the rear axle.

http://ateupwithmotor.com/terms-and-definitions/terms-and-definitions/122-what-is-a-coupe.html

Love the '53 Ford.

You know what they say, there's an exception to every rule! Here's a new Mercedes E-Class pillarless 2-door:

http://www.bmwblog.com/wp-content/uploads/2010-mercedes-e-class-coupe-1-498x373.jpg

Check out the 53 on ebay

Did you ever find a 1953 Ford?

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