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Baby Got (Fast)back: Slopers to Take the Green at Concours d’Elegance of America

Posted March 15, 2016 9:00 AM by dstrohl

Of all the unconventional shapes that dreamers and designers applied to conceptual automobiles during the streamlining craze of the Twenties and Thirties, perhaps none made the transition to production automobiles as successfully as the fastback roofline, applied to sporty closed cars as small as tiny economobiles and as large as lumbering land barges. To celebrate its varied history, the Concours d'Elegance of America will host a class dedicated just to the fastback.

If the fastback bodystyle had a birth date, it would probably fall sometime during the 1933 Chicago World's Fair, when Cadillac's V-16 Aerodynamic Coupe and Pierce-Arrow's Silver Arrow both debuted. Some have pointed to cars like the Stout Scarab as the first fastbacks, but while the Scarab remained an experimental series of vehicles, the Cadillac and Pierce-Arrow led to limited production versions a year later, the same year that another aerodynamically minded design, the Chrysler Airflow, hit the market.

The influence of fastback style autos is wide and varied.

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03/15/2016 1:19 PM

I had a 1965 Plymouth Barracuda...it was (effectively) 3/4's of a 2-door station wagon!

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03/15/2016 8:09 PM

The rear window on those was huge....

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