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Old 09-09-2012, 05:27 PM   #1
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Default Why so few sedan gas class cars?

I was wondering why there were so few sedan gas class cars?
I understand your top gas cars were really light and so these were mostly small cars, but what about c/g on down? If the idea was to move the weight of the car up and back on the rear wheels , then wouldn't it have been an advantage to start with a sedan? If I am correct they were only allowed to have 150lbs. of removeable ballast, so having a sedan would have allowed you to have ballast there before adding any correct? The glass and sheetmetal at the back of a sedan was at least 12" farther back than on a coupe, so technically they would transfer weight better right?

I thought someone on here would have to know why?
Was it a looks thing?(most comp cars were not about looks)
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Old 09-10-2012, 03:31 PM   #2
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Old 09-10-2012, 03:33 PM   #3
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Wives and kids don't really care for open headers?
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Default Re: Why so few sedan gas class cars?

Most tri five chebbies were 2 door sedans.

I can't answer your question, I think that the coupes got more paper because coupes are more popular. The class was called gas coupe/sedan for a long time.
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Old 09-10-2012, 03:37 PM   #5
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Default Re: Why so few sedan gas class cars?

Probably one reason is that coupes were considered to be cool and sedans were for Grandpap. I'm sure weight had a lot to do with it too.

There were some notable exceptions because a few guys built 4 door Willys into gassers, as well as some 32 Ford Tudors I can remember seeing. But the majority of guys who went out looking for gasser material first looked for a coupe.

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Old 09-10-2012, 03:40 PM   #6
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Sedans just weren't as cool as a coupe.

Most sedans were a couple hundred lbs heavier then their coupe counterpart.

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Default Re: Why so few sedan gas class cars?

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Probably one reason is that coupes were considered to be cool and sedans were for Grandpap. I'm sure weight had a lot to do with it too.

There were some notable exceptions because a few guys built 4 door Willys into gassers, as well as some 32 Ford Tudors I can remember seeing. But the majority of guys who went out looking for gasser material first looked for a coupe.

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I think that being stylish is the biggest part of the equation.

My '38 tudor was a 2800 lb car, what did a tri five chevy weigh from the factory?
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Because the right wheels don't look good on a sedan
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Here are a few I found with a quick search:

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Old 09-10-2012, 04:08 PM   #10
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Default Re: Why so few sedan gas class cars?

I know there were a few Studebaker sedans too, but I was wondering if what I was thinking made sense? If your going to lighten the car as much as possible then add ballast at the back wouldn't a sedan be a better choice from the start?

I guess I would probably have run a coupe too because they do look cooler (Austins Anglias excluded)
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Old 09-10-2012, 05:30 PM   #11
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Because the right wheels don't look good on a sedan
Unless they were crager's of course.
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Old 09-10-2012, 06:00 PM   #12
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Default Re: Why so few sedan gas class cars?

you guys need help from Dr. Phil. Tri-5 sedans rule
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Old 09-10-2012, 06:04 PM   #13
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Because the right wheels don't look good on a sedan
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Old 09-10-2012, 06:15 PM   #14
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Default Re: Why so few sedan gas class cars?

I don't think I ever saw an Anglia (or Austin) coupe.

OK, before everyone starts posting pictures, I know there were "late model" Anglia coupes.
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Old 09-10-2012, 06:20 PM   #15
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you guys need help from Dr. Phil. Tri-5 sedans rule
Never a fan of the sedan the roofline is a bit longer and the hardtop is just sportier and lighter ( for racing)
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Old 09-10-2012, 06:27 PM   #16
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Never a fan of the sedan the roofline is a bit longer and the hardtop is just sportier and lighter ( for racing)
I'm pretty sure a sedan is lighter than a hardtop.
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Old 09-10-2012, 07:19 PM   #17
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Damned if aren't right Larry the hardtop is heavier by @ 40 lbs. Go figure.
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Old 09-10-2012, 07:24 PM   #18
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Default Re: Why so few sedan gas class cars?

Yep, I'm going to go with the "Four Doors are for Dorks" sentiment.
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Old 09-10-2012, 07:29 PM   #19
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Here are a few I found with a quick search:

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That Vicky is sssooooo cool. Damn.
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Old 09-10-2012, 07:31 PM   #20
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'Cause too many guys are coupe'd up!
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