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Baquet-refers to cars made in the early 1900s in Europe. Baquet means bath tub. These cars had two rows of raised seats similar to horse drawn carriages. Baquets usually did not have front doors, a top, or windshield.


Barchetta-an open top car dedicated to racing. These cars usually did not have doors and were either one or two-seaters.


Beach Wagon-a term for a station wagon used mostly in New England.

Berline-is a car designed to have a glass partition between the front and back seats.


Boat-tailed Speedster-is an open roadster body whose tail is shaped like the bow of a boat and has superior speed. The term boat tail and speedster can mean the same style. Boat tailed cars were usually used for racing.


Brougham-in early motoring is a broad term signifying a closed car for two or four persons and in later forms it often had an open front driver's compartment.

  Bullnose-was a term used in England to describe a type of radiator that resembled the nose of a bull.

Cabriolet-is like a roadster except that it will definitely have windup windows and has cabriolet bars that are almost always chrome plated for ornamentation and to help fold fold down the soft top. It is a convertible with windows. Most people think of this as a two-door, but in fact some were four-door. This term is not generally used in the United States but particularly popular in Europe, especially in France and Germany.


Convertible-This is a U.S. word used since 1927 to mean a car with a soft, retractable top that is hooked permanently tp the body. In other words, not removable. This is typically a two or four door car complete with a snug, well fitted folding top. It refers to the ability to convert the car from closed to open and vice versa. Strictly speaking, convertibles have roll down windows.

Convertible Roadster-a convertible is an open car with windows; a roadster is an open car without windows, hence a term that contradicts itself. Used by Lincoln, Chrysler and others about 1930 to emphasize sportiness.


Convertible Victoria-a four passenger two door two window cabriolet


Coupe -is a two-door closed body type, with one seat for two or three people. It typically is distinguished from a two door sedan by a sleeker, shorter roof and longer trunk. Thought of as a sportier and more personal than a two-door sedan.

Business Coupe-a simple two door coupe without a rumble seat

Club Coupe - a two door closed car with a rear seat

Opera Coupe-a two door closed car with a small folding seat beside the driver. This allowed easy passage to a rear seat for two, usually offset to the right in left-hand drive cars

Sport Coupe-a closed coupe with a cloth top and sometimes landau irons resembling a convertible

Couplet-a term used especially by Ford to describe a Model T two seater Cabriolet


Fastback-is a closed body style usually a coupe

Fordor-Ford's name for a four door sedan

Hardtop - is generally a two door car that has a back seat for four or five people.