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Old 13th October 2010, 20:37   #76
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I'm afraid, the Bubbletop is a coupé. Fazal's cousins' car is what is known as the Hardtop Sport Sedan.
The term "Bubble-top" has been around since these cars were released in 1959 with the Impala until 1961 when they were discontinued in favor of the "Crinkle" top in 1962 which had the appearance of a convertible top.
It has the appearance of a soap bubble about to burst hence the term may have originated from that
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I'm afraid, the Bubbletop is a coupé. Fazal's cousins' car is what is known as the Hardtop Sport Sedan.
I thought the curved rear glass[windscreen] cars were called bubble tops. normal 'pillarless' were known as 'hardtops'
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Allow me to add to the confusion

I would think this car should be referred to as a 'panorama windscreen/window' design. It really doesn't look like a bubble does it?

A bubble top I would think would be those usually Italian sportscars with 2 slight domes in the roof to accomodate the driver's head, as they are very sleek and low roof lines. My 2 bits.
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Anyone from T-BHP who happen to pass by Hyderabad, let me know if you are interested in seeing it.
Dear Fazal Bhai,

I would love to drop in to see this beauty in flesh.

Let me know your availability over this weekend.

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Dear Fazal Bhai,

I would love to drop in to see this beauty in flesh.

Let me know your availability over this weekend.

Regards,

Waseem.
Waseem,
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Provided you pick me up in your new 4X4. Please call me when you are free on 98850 71025.

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Allow me to add to the confusion

I would think this car should be referred to as a 'panorama windscreen/window' design. It really doesn't look like a bubble does it?

A bubble top I would think would be those usually Italian sportscars with 2 slight domes in the roof to accomodate the driver's head, as they are very sleek and low roof lines. My 2 bits.
Karl,
The rear windscreen is also known as Panoramic or Wrap around, but not bubble (like you rightly stated). It would have to be a transparent on top and be a seamless, integral part of the front and the rear screen to be termed so.
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Well friends, quote from a site "The 1961 Impala Sport Coupe was nick-named the "bubble top" because its rounded shape and massive amount of glass."
Your car with the slim rear pillar and rounded rear glass was the first preparation of the 'bubble tops'
1961 Chevrolet Impala

And here is your car model a 'sports sedan' but with a 6cylinder. --http://www.xframechevy.com/pictures/chevy359/1672.htm

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Scooby05,
Yes, in your link they are the same but for some minor differences in this Impala apart from RHD. Your other link where the 61 was known as bubble top too is true. This 59 Impala has a lot more glass on it than on the 61.

This also is my 1000th post.


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The name is not near the front mudguard but on the rear door panel.
and two side view mirrors on the front fenders.

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Name on rear door panel, as this one.
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Allow me to add to the confusion I would think this car should be referred to as a 'panorama windscreen/window' design. It really doesn't look like a bubble does it?
A bubble top I would think would be those usually Italian sportscars with 2 slight domes in the roof to accomodate the driver's head
There's no confusion here. Not in my head at least. I reiterate what I wrote in the post copied below:

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I'm afraid, the Bubbletop is a coupé. Fazal's cousins' car is what is known as the Hardtop Sport Sedan.
scooby05 validates the same below, although he's focussing on the '61 model. Some more surfing by the venerable googlers will surely throw up reliable links to the '59 pillarless (with this large wraparound rear screen) being officially called the Hardtop Sport Sedan. I though speak from aged, dog-eared printed matter that have been showing me the way!

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The 1961 Impala Sport Coupe was nick-named the "bubble top" because its rounded shape and massive amount of glass." Your car with the slim rear pillar and rounded rear glass was the first preparation of the 'bubble tops'
1961 Chevrolet Impala

And here is your car model a 'sports sedan' but with a 6cylinder.
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She's moving again!!!

Remember the oil spill technique?
Notice the oil skid marks of the tyres on oiled floor in the last pic.

Tough part was to make sure she slides out flat or else, with only a clearance of 6" on the front and rear, there were chances of her scraping the walls.
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Fazal saab, I was just waiting for this! So now the Impala will be out!!! Waiting for more updates.
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The oil technique is really cool

The Hyderabad weather has ensured the preservation of this car. Truely looks magnificent. The chrome is still as new. Fazalaliadil your uncle must be beaming from the sky.

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Fazal saab, your Impala looks like a space ship from the 60's ready for takeoff, one hell of a magnificent car you have there.
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A majestic looking car. Read a lot about hyderabad history after your post and its awesome!

Felt happy to see a vintage maintained in a pristine condition!
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Remarkable efforts to get this beauty out of a tight spot.I have used two hydraulic trolley jacks on casters in similar situations.Less human effort required and no damage to axle bearings tie rod ends etc. Hopefully this beauty will soon burn rubber .
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Atlast the Impala is out.
Funny skid marks on the floor.At first glance thought it was some art work on the floor that was covered by dust. Now for some ole' style yankee cruisin'
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