Is it a Cabriolet or a Sportsman or a Convertible Coupe?

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09 May 2003 18:14 #280 by Bill Hummel
Bill Hummel created the topic: Is it a Cabriolet or a Sportsman or a Convertible Coupe?
I have seen my 36 Cord referred to by several names. I am getting confused.

I think it is supposed to be called a Cabriolet, but I have heard others refer to it as a Sportsman.

Is one term "more correct" than another?

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09 May 2003 18:34 #281 by Josh Malks
Josh Malks replied the topic:
1. In its show catalog, Auburn referred to this body style as a "convertible coupe". That was the term used by the marketing folks.
2. In the Service Bulletin on raising and lowering the top this style is referred to as a "cabriolet". That was probably the engineering guys talking.
3. The aforementioned show catalog also referred to the car as a "Sportsman's convertible coupe". Note the possesive "s". That means that the [i:70xseoo6]driver[/i:70xseoo6] was the Sportsman, not the car.
4. Glenn Pray advertised his 1960s 8/10 Cord as a Sportsman. This was his right, of course, but further enshrined "Sportsman" in the public mind.

Someone I trust recently told me that he had evidence that Auburn actually referred to this car in print somewhere as a Sportsman. Tune in soon for the thrilling climax!

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