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Old 08-25-2019, 09:37 PM   #1
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All the Model A coupes were 5 window. I have alway wondered why the heck Ford went to the trouble of offering both a 3 window and a 5 window coupe for quite a few years. I alway thought that Henry wanted to keep things simple.
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Not sure why, but really glad they made the three windows, I think they were a much more sleek look than the five window. Probably made for the younger market.
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How about all those Model A sport coupes? Even counting the windshield they only had four windows.
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Old 08-25-2019, 11:06 PM   #4
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Roadsters had 1. kind of...

Same here. glad he did. Also ,without henry, 50s business coupes. why?

Too bad the Edsel didn't do well. Super neat car.


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How about all those Model A sport coupes? Even counting the windshield they only had four windows.
Forgot all about them
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Old 08-26-2019, 01:37 AM   #6
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The 3W Coupe was being contemplated from 1930 ; a prototype was done & Edsel had another made up in '31 which still exists. [ see pics Ford Garage site] These did not have the front opening [suicide] door but were still 3W with steel top. By '32 open cars were not so popular so maybe Ford was looking to make sales with other models & increased their Coupe range. It was the Depression & many buyers could not afford an expensive make but could buy a deluxe Ford ; Ford had introduced the deluxe 400A & Victoria Coupe for '31 plus they had the Cabriolet which was really a deluxe Coupe also. The '32 3W introduced the European design look that interested Edsel & Bob Gregorie & this carried on for '33&'34. A classic design that is timeless & coveted by us all. Cheers.
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I do know that after being around and driving both the 3 & 5 window coupes of the 1932 line up , the 3 window with the longer door opening from the front makes it easier to get in and out.
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I do know that after being around and driving both the 3 & 5 window coupes of the 1932 line up , the 3 window with the longer door opening from the front makes it easier to get in and out.
I wish I could afford a 3 window. I have a 32 5 window and even with my average feet, I sometimes have to contort my legs to get my feet between the seat and the door opening. I love the 5 windows look, but the 3 window has always been my favorite....as long as it has NOT been chopped to look like the plastic repros they sell.
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Old 08-26-2019, 09:56 AM   #9
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Regarding the '32 3-window coupes compared to the 5-window coupes they have two shortcomings, namely they lack about 6" of wheelbase from a styling point of view and the blind quarters are a big minus when driving. (I've had multiples of both.) The '33-'34 3-window coupes solve the lack of wheelbase, but the blind quarters remain.

Driver access and egress aren't the best with the '32 five window coupes, sport coupes, and Fordors, but lots better than that of the pickups, station wagons, and other commercial vehicles (except the sedan delivery) and big trucks.
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They compare in blind spots to some other cars that have been manufactured over the years. My 29 sport coupe is tough to see out of if you check your 3 or 9 o'clock. My 69 el Camino has the same blind spot. You really have to do some neck movement to look out for the 9 o'clock. All of them are popular designs but they have their draw backs. A person just has to have a limber neck to check your rear quarters. The rear view mirrors just aren't good enough.

I always thought that Edsel was trying to add a bit of the Lincoln design to the Deluxe coupes in that mid 30s era. They were getting into that improved air flow idea in that time frame. Chrysler took it a bit too far with the Airflow.
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Old 08-26-2019, 11:17 AM   #11
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The best looking Ford Motor Company 3-window coupes, in my opinion, are the '32 KA, '33-'39 LeBaron bodied, and Zephyr Lincolns, all of which have long enough wheelbases to allow for longer hoods and rear decks to accentuate their greenhouses.
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The longer the better for sure. A person has a bit more window to look out of but who cares. Gotta luv them Lincolns. They are just flat out beautiful.
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Regarding the '32 3-window coupes compared to the 5-window coupes they have two shortcomings, namely they lack about 6" of wheelbase from a styling point of view and the blind quarters are a big minus when driving. (I've had multiples of both.) The '33-'34 3-window coupes solve the lack of wheelbase, but the blind quarters remain.

Driver access and egress aren't the best with the '32 five window coupes, sport coupes, and Fordors, but lots better than that of the pickups, station wagons, and other commercial vehicles (except the sedan delivery) and big trucks.
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The longer the better for sure. A person has a bit more window to look out of but who cares. Gotta luv them Lincolns. They are just flat out beautiful.
I agree! Love them long lines
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The 3W Coupe was being contemplated from 1930 ; a prototype was done & Edsel had another made up in '31 which still exists.

Here's an older pic of one of the Model "A" 3-W prototypes. DD


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