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Which of These Four Business Coupes Would You Choose for Your Dream Garage?

Posted March 22, 2021 7:27 AM by dstrohl
Pathfinder Tags: Ford packard Plymouth

There was a time when making a living for a mass-market business involved a door-to-door regional beat from the comfort of your vehicle. The catch was that the roving salesman - who either purveyed immediately usable items, or carried with him "salesman samplers" to demonstrate - needed storage. A common, everyday trunk wasn't satisfactory enough, while a half-ton truck was ill-suited for cruising endless miles of the countryside several days on end. Detroit's solution: the business coupe. These two-door cars had all the creature comfort of the ordinary family ride, but without a conventional rear seat (or none at all) for added capacity.

In our latest edition of This or That, we're tipping a hat to the nearly forgotten profession by taking a closer look at just four examples from the immediate prewar era, each of which is currently available in the Hemmings classifieds.

So which do you select: a 1939 Plymouth, a 1940 Packard, a 1940 Ford 01A or a 1941 Buick Model 56 business coupe?

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03/22/2021 11:43 AM

I'm not choosy. They're all classy automobiles.

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03/23/2021 10:37 AM

Maybe the 1940 Packard. I saw a Packard about that vintage in the mid 1960's in a car show. It had a straight 12 cylinder engine. I had to stick my head under the hood to hear the engine running, and I had excellent hearing.

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