Sixty8panther

Four Wheels, Two Doors, Zero B-pillars

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Well since I've just about squeezed blood out of a rock wiht the 4 door hardtop thread I figured it was time to finally get around to a 2 door hardtop Thread. If you don't like the thread, great... move on. But if you do post some of your favorites. It's always nice to share personal favorites.

I'm going to kick this thread off wihtthe crazy oddballs. Japanese Hardtops, mostly from the late 1960s to the mid 1970s. Some of these you might not have ever seen others you may not ever even known existed.

Once we get these kooky Jalopies out of the way we can move on to the 70s domestic land yachts, 60s mucle cars & 50s finned wonders. All with pillarless hardtop greenhouses of course. :)

Datsun / Nissan Hardtops

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Man I love how all these Japanese cars from the 1970s blatanlty tried to look like shurnken-head versions of American Muscle cars. They all have multiple styling cues that are obviously "borrowed" from American cars... it's like they open up the Nov. 1969 Issue of Motor Trend... stare at the photos for a few minutes and then get going on the 1975 _____ Happy-Buggy G-S/X coupe.

Seriously even the names/trim levels are often times American inspired. Sad to say a Mustang II or 1977 Thunderbird does, by contrast, make a Datsun HoneyBee or Mazda RX4 look like an exotic Europen car. :P

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http://www.nissanfanseite.de/Wallpapers/Ni...Hard-Top-03.jpg

http://www13.plala.or.jp/red_na6ce/event/2...t-ns-gloria.jpg

cool site... if you're still reading this

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Mazda Hardtops

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http://mrec.rotary.net.nz/brochures/rx4/rx4b.jpg

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Toyota Hardtops

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Daihatsu Fellow MAX Hardtop

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Ignore the bottom pic...

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Still not super-cool but a lot better than any dumb Avalon or Camry!

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http://home.arcor.de/jens.roesner/nz/pics/toyotacrown.jpg

BTW, in case you were wondering the answer is yes... Toyota did also try it's hand at the Landau roof that was such the rage in the 1970s. This looks like a midget version of a 1977 Thunderbird. No that was NOT a compliment.

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Another little Datsun wiht roll down B-pillars

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It's really too bad the Datsun Honey Bee did not come in a hardtop bodystyle...

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Who but Mazda made (pillarless) hardtops in 1982? Seriousy I'm asking? :huh:

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And now for the really good stuff!

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Cory Wolfe    263

*as he looks at the info thing for IE... he notices 50 items yet to be loaded. Everything but pics have been loaded. He says "Damn you Sixty8... Now I have to press the 'Stop' controll before all these pics f**k up my computer, therefore not letting me view all the pretty hardtop coupes"*

Someone needs to tell where all the cars that might interest me are posting, perhaps doing it in a quote form, so I can manually go through the pics manually view the ones I want. Alright? :D

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mustang84    12

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How many mirrors do you need? I'm sure the front ones serve a purpose in Japan, but what is it?

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NeonLX    40

The '53 Stude and '55 DeSoto are so pretty as to bring tears to my eyes. The DeSoto is REALLY impressive in person; I saw a '55 Fireflite Coronado in a display room at an auto dealership recently and was blown away by how stunning the car was.

Here's anudder one of my favorites:

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XP715    6

Thanks, but no thanks; I'll take extra B-pillars! C and D-pillars, even! :P

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Just kidding. Late 70's Thunderbirds and Cougars represent everything wrong with automotive styling. Here's my choice for a two-door hardtop:

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Beautiful. What a machine!

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NeonLX    40

Wanna see a car that makes the 1977-'79 Thunderbird look good? Try the 1980-'82 model:

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I started calling them "B-tirds" at this point. They were just plain NASTY (IMHO).

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Cory Wolfe    263

Thanks, but no thanks; I'll take extra B-pillars! C and D-pillars, even!  :P

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Just kidding. Late 70's Thunderbirds and Cougars represent everything wrong with automotive styling. Here's my choice for a two-door hardtop:

Hehe... There's one of these in my neighbors garage. He tried selling once years ago, but nobody bought it. I'm sure if someone wanted to buy... they easily could! :P

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Flybrian    0

I'm going to say it right now, most of those Japanese cars look awful, I don't care how many pillars they have. Thank the dumbass fender mirrors for that.

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Yup... the 1977 ThunderTurd is good for one thing and one thing only: F**king up Crown Vics and Grand Marq. at the demolition derby races. Other than that they were a waste of inferior 1970s steel. But Neon is right, the 1980 model looks far worse still. I honestly would have no problem crushing the very last one of those in existance if it had but 1,500 miles on the clock just to make a heavy Duty Coffee table.

Moltar:

Funny you should say that.... my friend Sean owes me $2800 and he happens to own a 1986 Mercedes 560SEC in pweter just like the one you posted, except his has a chocolate interior. He bought it for less than $4K and I think I might be receiving it as payment if and when I track him down the little bastard.

This, the eventual 2009 Camaro and a new-ish GTO are the only coupes Marcia has said she sould live with. Getting Sofia in and out of the back seat would be a bitch with her bad back but a nice GErman hardtop is a good excuse to do so.

I was told they only sold 600 of them in 1986? Can someone confirm or deny this?

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The car that started it all!

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1949 Buick Roadaster Riviera

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1954: check out that hood ornament!

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Another nice Buick Invicta... :wub:

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does double take! :mellow::huh::blink:

WMJ where did you get that Camaro sketch? That is THE best muscle car sketch I've ever seen in my entire life bar none! Please hook me up!!!

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LosAngeles    2

Man, whatever with what you guys think, the Japanese hardtops we couldn't get here are cool to me. Imagine hot rodding some of those with modern wheels.

And that RX-4 is a huge deal to rotary fans....

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I too like the RX4 & some of those Datsuns... but mostly for their obscurity. The RWD and old school powerplants are appealing too.

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ocnblu    773
Most of those early Japanese hardtops seem to have a mini-Mopar, or even AMC look to them. I think they're interesting too. Kinda cool. Too bad they've all returned to the earth as iron oxide.

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Ocnblu:

My sentiments exactly.

NOw here's soem more GM hardtops:

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http://storm.tocmp.com/oldsmobile/1967/196728.jpg

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ocnblu    773
Dude... blasphemer! The white '64 Goat is a post car! :o

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