Posts from ‘Coupes’

1971 Toyota Celica ST Hardtop Coupe

1971 Toyota Celica ST Hardtop Coupe

Note: The following story was excerpted from the December 2015 issue of Collectible Automobile magazine

In 1971, Toyota introduced its Celica sport coupe, a car that many automotive magazines compared to the original Ford Mustang. By 1971, Mustang had grown eight inches longer and 600 pounds heavier than the ’65 original. (Ford President Lee Iacocca realized this was too big for a “ponycar” and had a much smaller Mustang in the pipeline.) Meanwhile, import coupes such as the Celica, Opel Manta, and Mercury Capri catered to those who wanted a sporty car that was smaller than the early Seventies ponycars. 

1976 Oldsmobile Print Ad, Jim Beckwith, Coupes of 1976

1976 Oldsmobile Delta 88 Crown Landau

Much was made of the fact that, as of 2019, battery-electric vehicles (BEVs) outsold cars equipped with manual transmissions. And, if you’re of the save-the-manuals movement, this was distressing news, no doubt.

2020 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray

2020 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray Coupe in Sebring Orange Tintcoat (a $995 option)

2020 Corvette Stingray Convertible

2020 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray Coupe

Class: Premium Sporty/Performance Car

Miles driven: 616

Fuel used: 26.5 gallons

1988 Buick Reatta

1988 Buick Reatta

It saddens us to say it, but the luxury coupe is all but dead. While BMW and Mercedes-Benz still sell a few midsize and large 2-door cars, Cadillac and Lincoln do not. Lexus does sell the impressive LC, but that car is expensive, and it’s really more of a sports car than a luxury coupe in the sense we’re discussing here.

2021 Mercedes-Benz E450 4Matic Coupe

2021 Mercedes-Benz E450 4Matic Coupe in Graphite Grey Metallic (a $720 option)

2021 Mercedes-Benz E450 Coupe2021 Mercedes-Benz E450 Coupe

Class: Premium Midsize Car

Miles driven: 216

Fuel used: 9.2 gallons

Ford 49 Concept

Ford Forty-Nine Concept

Forgotten Concepts, Forgotten Concepts

This is an installment in a series of posts looking back on show cars that we feel deserved a little more attention than they got. If you have a suggestion for a Forgotten Concept topic, please shoot us a line or leave a comment below.

2020 Ford Mustang EcoBoost

2020 Ford Mustang EcoBoost Coupe Premium in Rapid Red Metallic Tinted Clearcoat (a $395 option)

2020 Ford Mustang 2020 Ford Mustang EcoBoost

Class: Sporty/Performance Car

Miles driven: 202

Fuel used: 8.7 gallons

2007 Chevrolet Monte Carlo SS

2007 Chevrolet Monte Carlo SS

Thanks in large part to Chevrolet’s involvement in NASCAR racing, the somewhat anachronistic Monte Carlo outlived its useful life span by half a decade or so. By 2000, the mainstream-brand midsize/large coupe segment was all but gone, with only the coupe versions of the Honda Accord and the Toyota Camry (dubbed Solara) still seeing meaningful sales volume.

2020 Toyota 86 GT

2020 Toyota 86 GT in “Hako” pearl white (a $425 option)

2015 Audi Q52020 Toyota 86 GT

Class: Sporty/Performance Car

Miles driven: 227

Fuel used: 9.6 gallons

2020 Aston Martin Vantage

2020 Aston Martin Vantage Coupe in China Grey

Consumer Guide Test Drive

2020 Aston Martin Vantage Coupe

ClassPremium Sporty/Performance Car

Miles driven: 254

Fuel used: 15.1 gallons