Automotive History: The Two Door Sedan (1920-2010) – Its Origins and the Last 2-Door Sedan For Each American Brand and Model

Part 2:  The Last American Two Door Sedans:

This undertaking turned out to be a bit more demanding than I expected, and there are likely omissions and mistakes. Please point them out, and I will add/correct as appropriate.




The last full sized RWD Buick two door sedan was offered in 1963, in the LeSabre model line. The 1961 Special and Skylark through 1979 only had coupes.

But it came back on the new FWD Electra for three years, 1985 – 1987.

The 1978-1980 Aeroback Century coupe used the same roof as the sedan, but it did have frameless glass on its longer doors.

The X-Body Skylark’s 2 door body was clearly a sedan, despite being called a coupe. The last one was built in 1984.

The new 1982 Century played the same game; it was called “Coupe”, but in reality was a 2-door sedan. The last year it was built before a genuine coupe replaced it was 1988, and this is the only one I could find on the web. Obviously not many were built in its last year.

The N-Body Buick arrived in 1985 as the Somerset, and exited in 1991 as the Skylark. The Custom Coupe was clearly a 2-door sedan.


I started to write that there had never been a proper Cadillac 2-door sedan, and prior to 1985, that is probably true. But the drastically downsized FWD ’85 models (this one here conveniently posing for me with a Toyota Tercel 2-door sedan) certainly seem to have changed that tradition: the Two-Door Sedan deVille.

The last of these was built in 1993.



The last year for the full size Chevrolet 2-door sedans was 1969. It was available as a Bel Air (pictured) or Biscayne. Given that Chevrolet had just retooled for this model year, it’s a bit surprising that it wasn’t carried over into the very similar 1970 MY. But sales numbers were falling off a cliff.

The Chevelle’s first two generations (1964-1967) included a 2-door sedan, but starting with 1968, the A Bodies had unique coupes. It’s tempting to see the 1978 Malibu coupe as a two-door sedan, but a closer look shows that its roof is shorter as well as having frameless windows. So 1967 was the end of the road.

The same applies to the Chevy II, whose last year as a genuine 2-door sedan was 1967. Pictures of these in unmolested form are impossible to find; this one was shot by CC’s Don Kincl.

Of course there were cars that were only made as 2-door sedans, and had no 4-door counterpart. Obviously we can’t exclude them form that, and the Chevy Vega is the first of the bunch. Of course, it should have had a proper 4-door sedan version, but that’s a different story. This is the only ’77 I could find, the last year for Vega production.

Like the other new FWD A Bodies, the Celebrity arrived with a 2-door sedan, which was finally ditched after the 1988 MY, but no coupe roof replaced it.



Like many higher-end brands, Chrysler had a number of two-door sedans in the ’20s and ’30s, typically called “touring sedan”. The end of the road first came in 1948 (technically “1949 first series”), along with the end of the pre-war bodies that were built until the new 1949 “second series” cars were ready. Those included a “Club Coupe”, but its roof was decidedly shorter than the four door sedan’s.

But the new 1953 Chrysler Club Coupe shared the same roof as the sedan, so that makes the 1954 (above) the last of the line.



Crosley only ever made 2-doors, and although there were supposedly a few made in 1952, this 1951 is the closest I can find.



Like the Chrysler, DeSoto’s last two door sedan was in 1954.



The last full-sized Dodge 2-door sedan was in 1964. But a slightly shortened wheelbase version (119″ to 117″) was used by the now mid-sized Coronet line in 1965.

That continued through 1967. Starting in 1968, there were only coupes and pillared coupes.

In a bit of a surprise to me, 1968 was the last year for the Dart 2-door sedan. Good thing my father bought one of the last ones, otherwise he’d have been forced to by a Swinger (god forbid)!

We discussed the Aries earlier, given that it’s a bit borderline. The roofline is sedan, but the C-pillar is wider. This is going to be a recurring issue as we move into the 80s and up. The last of these was in 1989.


But then there’s the Neon. Except for a filler panel on the C-pillar, it’s the same roof on the “coupe” as well as the sedan. Shall we call the 1999 Neon the last Dodge 2-door sedan?



1960 was the Edsel’s final year in any body style.

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