- Peugeot 407 coupé

The versatile world of Coupés: the series

A coupé is at heart an impractical purchase which you buy with your hear

5w ago

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Too big of a topic to discuss on one post so I thought, lets do a series. In this series I will highlight coupés that have gone out of production and are not considered performance cars. Consider this a prelude to the series if you will. Pun was very much intended. Moving on.

I'm sure you have found yourself browsing your local second-hand car sites and entertained the idea of buying an interesting and unique car as cheaply as possible. This is a moldy and rusty place, with Nissan Micras, Citroen C5s and Kia Rios glaring back at you through the screen. A random BMW 320i might pop up but it's usually crumbling to pieces beneath it's aftermarket wheels and M-badges drawn on with crayon. But at times you see a glimmer of hope in an unexpected and forgotten coupé such as a Toyota Celica or an Opel Calibra. Even a rogue Peugeot 406 or 407 coupé has suddenly started to grow on you.

At this point during my browsing I started to wonder, which coupés of yesteryear have we lost to the attack of the crossover-SUV and 4-door "coupés". Yes the quotation marks are necessary. Because of the sloping roof trend to make your vast SUV a little less practicle (thank you BMW X6), I think it's time to remind ourselves of what a coupé really is.

A coupé is a car where pure styling and looks attracts you to it. A coupé has a low seating position and a special feel which makes you want to get in to it. A coupé can be small, large, cheap, expensive, slow and fast but the general shape stays the same, long stylish front end, two doors and yes, a sloping roof.

In the first installment I'll be discussing the economy coupés. And finally, here are some out of production 90's coupés.

Fantastic Honda Prelude

Fantastic Honda Prelude

Too yellow VW Corrado

Too yellow VW Corrado

The long and thin lipped Opel Calibra

The long and thin lipped Opel Calibra

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Comments (5)

  • The pininfarina designed 406 coupe was a brilliant looking thing, not sure about that 2nd gen one from the side profile, the front is too long and fish like.

    Corrado good, prelude previous gen was better looking, calibra looked good but had shit underpinnings. BMW coupes have always looked good historically as have merc coupes by have to say the merc coupes have aged the most gracefully.

      1 month ago
    • I agree the peugeot 406 looks fantastic, I am saving it for another coupé post :)

      I am in the minority on the Prelude front. i think the pictured gen Prelude is the best looking.

      Thank you for commenting :)

        1 month ago
    • Beauty is in the eye of the beholder. If everyone liked the same thing everyone would drive the same car and that would be boring.

        1 month ago
  • This sounds interesting, looking forward to the rest of the series!

      1 month ago
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