• This Video Explaining ALL the Various Car Shapes Will Make You Question The Meaning of Life

Cool video with everything you need to know about car body styles

Things were pretty simple when the automobile became popular 100 years ago, as most cars looked pretty much the same. Nowadays, we have more than 10 main body styles and about as many niche segments that spawn from these common designs. The folks over at Donut Media recently released a video in which they discuss every car shape out there with interesting info about when they were introduced and the etymology of their names.

This Video Explaining ALL the Various Car Shapes Will Make You Question The Meaning of Life
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The video starts off with two of the most popular body styles: the sedan and the coupe. It explains how sedans and coupes became separate things and talks about how the latter class expanded to include 2+2 and four-door coupes. You also get some interesting info on berlinettas and business coupes, two body styles from the past. Next is the station wagon - you get a bit of history as well, including the first ever estate and the first all-steel station wagon. It also touches the shooting brake body style.

This Video Explaining ALL the Various Car Shapes Will Make You Question The Meaning of Life
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Things get a bit more interesting with limousines and microcars. The video also explains the differences between fastbacks, notchbacks, and kammbacks. It does the same with convertibles, roadsters, and spiders and explains why barchettas aren’t full-fledged convertibles.

The landaulet, which derives from the limousines, also gets some attention, as do SUVs and crossovers. The video doesn’t include body styles like pickup trucks and vans, but it’s supposed to be about car shapes, so it makes sense not to include them.

To make things more interesting, the video talks about how the coke bottle style influenced automotive design and also discusses the wedge car design that emerged in the 1970s.

Ciprian Florea
Senior Editor and Supercar Expert - ciprian@topspeed.com
Ciprian's passion for everything with four wheels (and more) started back when he was just a little boy, and the Lamborghini Countach was still the coolest car poster you could hang on your wall. Ciprian's career as a journalist began long before earning a Bachelor's degree, but it was only after graduating that his love for cars became a profession.  Read More
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