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History A Tip of the Hat to the 2 door Hardtop.

Discussion in 'Traditional Customs' started by Jive-Bomber, Oct 3, 2013.

  1. RWH
    Joined: May 3, 2011
    Posts: 23

    RWH
    Member
    from Pdx

    @ nitrobrother, pist-n-broke
    First thanks for you interest.
    The car started life as a 52 Ply Belvedere (2 dr HT) and a 52 Suburban, a friend started the project in the last 90's and lost the desire to complete the project. He did some glass work for me on a previous project and we talked about how he would love to see his dream car come to life, I could see the car finished, I bought it, two years of labor, and the rest is history. The Paint scheme is not to mimic a Gem top canopy, but it is the factory scheme for 52 Belvedere's. This winter I plan on building a thread on the build... stay tuned.
     
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  2. Carolina Man
    Joined: Aug 15, 2013
    Posts: 86

    Carolina Man
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    My Grandfather had sky blue 60 it was a beautiful car from what I remember of it. Too Bad I wrecked it when I was 2 years old.
     
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  3. Being I'm also a local Guy I knew about it before you bought it. Now that I see the stock Belvedere paint scheme I get it,,,,and like it better. Glad to see it got done. I have a similar project on my back burner and will also use the same Glass Guy.
    The Wizzard
     
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  4. 53catalina
    Joined: Jan 28, 2006
    Posts: 16

    53catalina
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    Just a couple of pics of Pontiac Catalina Hardtop.
     

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  5. How about some, well, not exactly "oddballs" but more like not-as-common-as-Fords-and-Chevys-but-still-pretty-cool-anyway......like. Thing.
    Stolen from the ether, from 1956, I bring you Studebaker:
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    and Packard:
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  6. Dodge:
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    And Ohsmobubble:
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  7. Lincoln:
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    And Lincoln:
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  8. Mercury:
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    And ChryCo:
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  9. The ever-stylish Nash:
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    And Plymouth:
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    Your turn...
     
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  10. Barn Hunter
    Joined: Feb 15, 2012
    Posts: 1,433

    Barn Hunter
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    Found this today....a '53.
     

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  11. Okay, one more...DeSoto:
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  12. Y-Blokkah
    Joined: Oct 19, 2012
    Posts: 166

    Y-Blokkah
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    from Anna, Tx

    57-59 Plymouth and Dodge 2 dr hardtops, and 55 Merc and 56 Ford and Merc hardtops rule.
    I'm a sucker for thin laid back C pillars...
     
  13. Y-Blokkah
    Joined: Oct 19, 2012
    Posts: 166

    Y-Blokkah
    Member
    from Anna, Tx

    I refer to my Avatar pic. 56 Merc or Monarch 2 dr hardtop!
     
  14. Y-Blokkah
    Joined: Oct 19, 2012
    Posts: 166

    Y-Blokkah
    Member
    from Anna, Tx

    The Marlin is an awesome car. A buddy had a 67 he put a 401 into. That thing was a screamin machine and an awesome highway rapid transit system all in one.

    And it looked good, too.
     
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  15. BRAINS!
    Joined: Mar 11, 2013
    Posts: 258

    BRAINS!
    Member
    from Lee, NH

    I love the hardtop as well and am very happy to own one, a mopar to be exact:)
     
  16. 2935ford
    Joined: Jan 6, 2006
    Posts: 3,599

    2935ford
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    And the Tbirds.......

    Many of the HT models had their lines messed up with a gas filler door on the side.
    Fortunately many designers also realized this and placed "hidden" filler doors for their cars keeping the lines clean.
     

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  17. Tall Tom
    Joined: Aug 19, 2005
    Posts: 380

    Tall Tom
    Member
    from Austin MN

    I've been reading "From Here to Obsurity" and found that the 1918 Model T coupe was a 2 Door Hardtop.

    Also attached is a picture of the skinney me and my wife 3 years before we were married AND my 56 Chevy 4 door hardtop.
     

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  18. Joe Monstermaker
    Joined: Apr 6, 2014
    Posts: 15

    Joe Monstermaker
    Member
    from Seattle

    Crummy old cell phone photo but here's my hardtop… hardtops are SO much sleeker. I usually refuse to drive it with the windows up!
     

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  19. stanlow69
    Joined: Feb 21, 2010
    Posts: 5,384

    stanlow69
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    from red oak

    My dad always said if your gonna cruise in a hardtop, the windows gotta be down. Yet so many of the pictures posted, the windows are up. It ruins the look of the car. As soon as we arrive in a town we were headed for. He would say roll the windows down, somehow he learned how to roll the window down behind him while stopped at a stoplight. Luckily for me, the car(a hardtop) in my avatar has factory power windows.
     
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  20. 51_special
    Joined: Dec 20, 2012
    Posts: 83

    51_special
    Member

    6 pages and noone has mentioned the first of the bunch.... well here they are all from 1949: Buick Roadmaster Riviera, Cadillac Coupe de Ville, and Oldsmobile 98 Holiday. I know the town and country hit it first in 46 but it was not considered a production car. now lets see some pics of the 3 mentioned as kustoms.
     
  21. Here's a Holiday.
     

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  22. 50Fraud
    Joined: May 6, 2001
    Posts: 9,819

    50Fraud
    Member

    It's good to see your Olds again, Phil. You really should wake her up.
     
  23. Gotgas
    Joined: Jul 22, 2004
    Posts: 6,965

    Gotgas
    Member
    from DFW USA

    Agreed. Pics from the Broiler, circa 2008. You just don't see these. Great car!

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  24. I am going to Wake her up, for the Father's day show. Maybe she'll go home with someone else. I wanna roadster.
     
  25. jamesd1502
    Joined: Jul 8, 2013
    Posts: 283

    jamesd1502
    Member
    from san diego

    Here is my 1952 Chevrolet hardtop
     

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  26. phat rat
    Joined: Mar 18, 2001
    Posts: 4,517

    phat rat
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    That's the way I feel. Here's a 52 I had for a couple of months last fall.
     

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  27. Gordon Buherig designed the 51 Ford Hardtop, the 36 Cord and a bunch more.
     
  28. Moriarity
    Joined: Apr 11, 2001
    Posts: 21,131

    Moriarity
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    Only one way to drive a hardtop... with all the windows down

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  29. Moriarity
    Joined: Apr 11, 2001
    Posts: 21,131

    Moriarity
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    Hardtops make wonderful customs

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  30. v8flat44
    Joined: Nov 13, 2017
    Posts: 746

    v8flat44

    How's about this one !?
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