What is a Coupe Car

The term coupe was already created when there were no cars. It comes from a four-wheeled coach model with two seats in the cabin, in which the driver sat far ahead and also outside. This was also initially implemented for automobiles.

Main characteristics

A coupe is, strictly speaking, a sedan. However, the body is flatter and thus much sportier. Most vehicles have only two doors. The trunk is smaller than that of a sedan. The driver and front passenger have plenty of leg room, because the seats are sporty and often anchored deep in the body. Because of the flat design, the occupants in the rear can not sit as comfortably as in a limousine. In a larger coupe with four doors, the seats in the rear are still smaller.

Some manufacturers, such as Ferrari, also distinguish between Coupé and Berlinetta (in Italian is “little sedan“). All Berlinettas from Ferrari are two-seater with closed cockpit. At Maserati is often the GT (Grand Tourismo) the speech.

Four-door coupe and other variants

Mercedes CLS

No coupes in the classic sense, you experience since about 2004 and the market launch of the Mercedes CLS culminating: the four-door coupe. This is mainly due to the product marketing, because one promises of the prestigious concept of the coupe higher sales figures and leads to the fact that there is now a stately number of SUV coupes and estate car.

Sport coupes

Opel Manta

The "marketing hype" around the coupe term meant that even the first variant of the three-door A-Class was designated as such, although this has little in common with the original definition. At the beginning of the 1970s, two-door and three-door sports cars such as the Opel Manta or the Ford Capri became known as the sports coupe.

German coupes

Audi 100 Coupe S

The Audi 100 Coupe S is a real rarity on German roads. From March 1968, the Audi 100 C1 ensured the revival of the brand. The coupe version of the sedan followed in July 1970 and was the proof that you could create a coupe with unequivocal Italian-chic chic with a few desing adjustments from the thoroughly boring 100-series sedan.

BMW 635 CSi "Shark Mouth"

The most expensive BMW since its time was considered a gentleman express of the 70s and 80s and is with a construction period of almost 14 years, the longest produced BMW model: designed by Paul Bracq BMW 6 Series with the striking, tilted forward "Shark Mouth"

Porsche 911

The 911 was introduced in 1963 as the successor to the Porsche 356 and initially had the designation 901. Since three-digit numbers were protected by a zero in the middle, however, by Peugeot, he came in 1964 as a Porsche 911 on the market and screwed since the sports car myth. 1973 appeared in the second generation, the G-model.

Italian coupes

Lancia Flaminia Zagato Sport

There are many Italian coupes - or Berlinetta as Ferraristi would say - but one of the most beautiful and timeless is sure to come from Lancia: the Flaminia Zagato Sport.

Presented at the Turin Motor Show in 1958, he went into production in the spring of 1959 at the Carrozzeria Zagato. Typical for the Italian coachbuilder: the "double bubble roof construction" (two bulges over the occupants' heads), which ensured good headroom and body rigidity.

Maserati 3500 GT

The 3500 GT debuted in 1957 as a 2 + 2-seater Gran Turismo. Built between 1964 and 1972, it found many prominent buyers. In addition to Prince Rainier III from Monaco, Tony Curtis, Dean Martin and Anthony Quinn drove a 3500. Today, both Coupé and Spider are highly coveted classics.

French coupes

Facel Vega

The hand-crafted coupes and convertibles were characterized by outstanding performance and an elegant, sophisticated design. The British automobile press described the Facel Vega in 1960 as "the second best car in the world" - after Rolls-Royce of course.

Citroën DS Coupés GT 19

In the summer of 1960, Hector Bossaert presented the prototype of his Citroën DS Coupé GT 19. This was one of thе most beautiful interpretations based on the legendary "Déesse" (French goddess) was born.

English coupes

Jaguar XJ Coupe

One of the most beautiful silhouettes a car can offer is the Jaguar XJ Coupe. Available as:
- XJ 4.2 C (Daimler Sovereign Two-Door)
- XJ 5.3 C (Daimler Double-Six Two-Door)
It was not only popular with the English (money) nobility. Well-preserved specimens are rare today.

Aston Martin DB4 and DB5

From the same body-forge (Carrozzeria Touring from Milan) as the Maserati 3500 GT came the Aston Martin DB4.
By the way: The Aston Martin DB5 used іn the Bond film "Goldfinger" was a prototype based on the DB4.


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