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


Like Chevrolet, Ford’s last full-size 2-door sedan was in 1969. Another one-year wonder.

1965 was the last year for the Fairlane 2-door sedan, as the 1966 used a shortened coupe roof shared with the Falcon.

Which makes 1965 also the last year for the Falcon 2-door sedan.

But the Fairmont picked up what the others left behind; the last Fairmont 2-door sedan was built in 1981.

And then in 1981 and 1982, the Granada carried on the tradition a bit longer.

I’m a bit ambivalent about the Pinto’s inclusion here, as it’s intrinsically coupe-like. But there never was a coupe (thankfully), and this non-hatchback version was pretty consistently called a 2-door sedan in marketing materials. This 1980 version was the last of its kind.  (The badge-engineered Bobcat supposedly offered the non-hatch sedan, but I’ve not been able to verify that).

The NA market-only gen2 Focus was a curious thing all-round, and generally retro-grade from its highly-regarded predecessor. That Ford would re-engineer the gen1 hatchbacks into genuine sedans was a bit of a shocker, but presumably the lack of the hatchback saved them a few bucks, and it was quite clear that cost-cutting was the priority. The result is the last genuine 2-door sedan, in 2011.



The last of the big “step down” Hudsons was in 1954, and the 2-door sedan was referred to as “brougham”. It was not as common as the club coupe, with its shortened roof line.

The compact Jet also had its last outing in 1954, and a 2-door sedan was in the line-up.

In 1955, after the merger with Nash, Hudson dealers were now also selling the Rambler, including this 2-door sedan. It was a one-year affair only, as the little 100″ wb Rambler had its last year then, until resuscitated for 1958.



The second generation Kaiser (1951) did have a 2-door sedan version, but frankly, a 2-door hardtop would likely have been a bigger draw. This is a final year 1955 Manhattan.



Lincoln fielded no less than two 2-door sedans in their new 1949 postwar line-up. The base Lincoln (top) shared its body with Mercury, and the Cosmopolitan (bottom) was a genuine 2-door sedan too, which didn’t exactly help against the new Cadillac Coupe DeVille. 1951 was the last year for both.



1966 was the last year for the big Mercury 2-door; all of 2,749 were sold that year. A mighty rare bird.

The Comet’s last 2-door sedan was in 1965, like the Falcon’s.

The Zephyr’s last outing was in 1981.

And the baton was then handed over to the Cougar, which fielded a genuine 20door sedan for 1981 and 1982.



The senior Nashes last had a 2-door in 1954. It’s impossible to find one on the internet; even the brochure renderings are small and poor quality. So this very fine ’52 Custom 2-door will have to stand in; it differed from the ’54 only in minor trim details.

The last Nash 2-door sedan of any kind would have to be the 1955 American.



Olds bowed out of the full-size RWD 2-door field after 1961, two years before Buick.  Because it was known as “the experimental division”?

But from 1985-1987, the new FWD 98 offered a coupe that was really a 2-door sedan under its padded top.

The 1978-1980 Cutlass Aerobacks included a two door version that mostly fills the description, although it did use frameless glass.

The 1980-1984 Omega 2-door is a gray area, as it has a unique kick-up at the base of the C-pillar, although its basic roof structure is the same as the sedan’s. Your call.

The Olds Ciera got a new genuine coupe roof in mid-year 1986, so this early ’86 GT represents the end of the line for the 2-door sedan.

The Cutlass Calais 2-door bowed out in 1991.

Both Alero body versions shared the same roof, so the 2004 would be the last of its kind.



Not only was 1954 the last year for a Packard 2-door sedan, but it also was the last for the venerable straight eight. Make mine a Clipper Sportster.

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