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Classic Car Corner - THE BUSINESS COUPE

  • Written by Tom Berg, Windermere Real Estate

I’ve recently been talking to people about business coupes and discovered that none of them even knew what a business coupe was — not even the old timers — so now I feel it is my duty to have a history lesson for all my loyal readers. Before the advent of motorized vehicles, salespeople would travel from town to town with a horse and wagon filled with goods to sell, or even just samples and advertising materials. This would have been a very time-consuming and arduous task so once cost effective motorized vehicles came along and decent roads were built the successful salesman took to the road with cars and trucks. Cars were more comfortable, weatherproof and easier to drive than trucks so they became the vehicle of choice for these lonely businesspeople. By the 30’s the car industry recognized this sector of car buyers and developed the business coupe just for them. The business coupe is a standard two-door car with just a front seat (which would just fit two people since cars were much narrower then), a shelf in back of the front seat and a HUGE trunk which could be filled with product, samples, advertising materials and of course our lonely traveling salesman’s suitcase. I’ve even seen pictures of these cars with a truck box sticking out of the trunk! From a distance these cars are recognizable by their long trunks and short cabs, and of course upon closer inspection you will see only one seat.

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Classic Car Corner - Worldwide Search

  • Written by Tom Berg, Windermere Real Estate

Worldwide Search

Once again at the behest of my loyal readers I handed off my real estate business to my trusty associate and set off to foreign lands in search of cool cars. For those of you who keep track, I’m even a week late with this column.

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2014 Kia Soul !

  • Written by Julie Boselly, Publisher

MSRP $20,300 –
Tested $26,195
2015 Starting Prices:
Base $14,900, Soul + $18,200, Soul ! 20,300

No hamsters were used for this review, just children and friends.

Unfortunately, I drove the Latte Brown colored Soul. It really is not an appealing color to most of the people I talked to. I heard: “Mom, you have a brown box outside waiting for you.” “It looks like chocolate milk.” “It looks like cardboard.” Etc. I think any other color would be a good choice. I parked next to a black Soul and I definitely liked it better.

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2015 Hyundai Genesis RWD 3.8

  • Written by Julie Boselly, Publisher

Most of the time adjusting seats is not a big deal. I stepped into the Hyundai Genesis for the first time, and practically fell into a deep abyss. The gentleman who drops off the cars each week for me is about 6 feet 4 inches tall. I am 5 feet 2 inches on a good day. There is a lot of room in this car for tall humans. Luckily I could adjust the seat height up and forward quite a bit.

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