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Jacques

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What's the oldest production pillarless hardtop?
« on: November 09, 2011, 03:26:18 AM »

Just been reading an article on a 1939 Peugeot 402 coach. One of the features of the car is a pillarless hardtop. (Other version of the car was the Eclipse, with a retractable hardtop.)

Now I wonder, what is the oldest production vehicle with this feature?






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What's the oldest production pillarless hardtop?
« Reply #1 on: November 09, 2011, 12:17:37 PM »

This very question concerning US-built cars has been going on for about two months in the Letters Section of Old Cars Weekly.  However, this does not mean I know the answer....
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What's the oldest production pillarless hardtop?
« Reply #2 on: November 09, 2011, 01:46:44 PM »

I realize the 402 in the picture is a hardtop convertible from the looks of it, but hardly a pillarless car, not really much that isn't being supported there. On the other hand, most of the stuff I recall can go back to the 55 Cadillac, the Coupe de Ville was pillarless, Lincoln  Continental suicide doors were the same, along with a few more, but trying to think of anything else in the US that wasn't a convertible that was pillarless.
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« Reply #3 on: November 09, 2011, 04:42:43 PM »



Wait a minute . . .   Packard, Pierce Arrow, one of those
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« Reply #4 on: November 09, 2011, 04:51:41 PM »

I am pretty sure 1955 was before 1961 Steve.
 
1936 Ford Phaeton, but it was a convertible, so that doesn't count, right, Sjak?
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« Reply #5 on: November 09, 2011, 05:39:58 PM »

49 Buick Roadmaster for sure.




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« Reply #6 on: November 09, 2011, 06:24:47 PM »

That's a 2door, which was much easier to do with no C pillar. I thought we were working on a 4door model.
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What's the oldest production pillarless hardtop?
« Reply #7 on: November 09, 2011, 10:47:28 PM »

Quote from: dana44
I realize the 402 in the picture is a hardtop convertible from the looks of it, but hardly a pillarless car
The white 402 is indeed a hardtop convertible (and thats a first as well as far as my information reaches). I just posted the pic because its a nice car, sorry if it caused some confusion.

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That's a 2door, which was much easier to do with no C pillar. I thought we were working on a 4door model.
Nope, no doors requirement :)
Fur US-cars, I think Chrysler advertised a pillarless Town & Country for 46 or 47, but not sure how many were produced.
But the oldest we have so far is the Peugeot 402?
And what if we include concept vehilces? I love pictures of obscure concept cars!


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