Extinct: the two-door sedan

Sedan or coupe?
ER Classics Desktop 2022

In the seventies and eighties a common body shape: the two-door sedan. Nowadays this car is extinct. How could that be?

If you had children, you ordered the four-door version of your Ford Escort or Opel Kadett. If you didn't have one, only two doors would suffice. The two-door sedan was breeding ground, therefore. Then why is it that we can't order one more now? Really no car brand produces a two-door variant of any model. Yes, the Porsche 911, but we leave that outside category aside for now. It's not a sedan, by the way.

A BMW E30 or an Escort Mark II, a Kadett C or even a Volkswagen Jetta: you always had a choice of two or four doors. Is it that terrible diversity of designs and models that has killed the two-door sedan? Or is it just a matter of advancing safety standards? The fact is that I scrutinize that scarce still-driving Kadett C sedan. A two-door sedan HAD something. God have his soul.


Chris de Raaf.


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