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A Hard Top is a 2 door car that does not have a divider/post between the door and rear seat glass. It appears that your car is a sedan. The data plate should be on the passenger side of the firewall just below the hood. Pictures always help on this forum.

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I'm sure Zert meant "sedan" but it got me to thinking - what would a postwar senior Buick look like as a 4-door hardtop? How about a 4-door convertible? Someday I'll get me a copy of Photoshop but then I'll never leave this keyboard. Better wait until I'm retired.

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I wonder if anybody ever took a late 40's convert and grafted a hardtop to it, that could look good..... maybe??

Apoligies , we have drifted off the for sale topic, ....

On second thought ,I think thats what they did with the 53 Skylark...ht version.

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I wouldn't go so far as to make a HARDTOP out of my Limited, but I have been playing with an extra door that I have, to PULL THE WINDOWS OUT FLUSH WITH THE BODY. Easy to do if you don't want them to move up & down, but I would want at least the main door glass to move. Flush windows would really smooth out the look, and cut wind noise, I THINK.......

Dale in Indy

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I wonder if anybody ever took a late 40's convert and grafted a hardtop to it, that could look good..... maybe??

You mean like this?

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That's exactly what the '49 Riviera/Coupe DeVille/Holiday were. Some of the best-looking closed cars ever, in my opinion!

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Sorry ZERT, off topic again, but it is keeping your post current.

There was nothing new under the '55 Buick sun... Here's a 1950 Kaiser Virginian 4-door hardtop. Really more of a convertible sedan that doesn't convert. I'd forgotten about these beauties and an old friend even had one. Seems to me the little mid-windows lift out and stow away for that wide open flow-through look.

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Rob,

The little "mid-windows" did not slip out and stow away. They were attached there, and took the place of the top half of the door pillars, to add rigidness/stiffness to the frame as these cars were built from a 4-door sedan with the roof cut off. The reason they used windows was to give the car a "hardtop" feel. So the extra frame strength came from the door pillars and those windows.

How do I know this - I was after a 1949 Frazer 4-door Convertible, for 25 years, from an older woman I knew and that had the same windows. Plus, I have the Kaiser-Frazer book that explains it all.

Sad end to the story - I never got the car.....

Joe

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