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A personal luxury car is a highly styled, luxurious automobile intended for the comfort and satisfaction of its owner/driver, sacrificing passenger space, cargo capacity, and other practical concerns for the sake of style. The personal luxury car has often been a lucrative market segment of the post-World War II automotive market. Image File history File links Question_book-3. ... 1967 Ford Thunderbird Fordor Landau This picture is copyright by myself and is a picture of my own vehicle, taken at the Lakewood Saturday car cruise. ... 1967 Ford Thunderbird Fordor Landau This picture is copyright by myself and is a picture of my own vehicle, taken at the Lakewood Saturday car cruise. ... Car redirects here. ... A Market segment is a subgroup of people or organizations sharing one or more characteristics that cause them to have similar product needs. ... Combatants Allied powers: China France Great Britain Soviet Union United States and others Axis powers: Germany Italy Japan and others Commanders Chiang Kai-shek Charles de Gaulle Winston Churchill Joseph Stalin Franklin Roosevelt Adolf Hitler Benito Mussolini Hideki Tōjō Casualties Military dead: 17,000,000 Civilian dead: 33,000...

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Personal luxury cars are usually, though not necessarily, two-door coupes or convertibles with two-passenger or 2+2 seating capacity, sometimes with more seats. They are distinguished from GT cars or sports cars by their greater emphasis on comfort and convenience than on performance, although the distinction between a luxury GT and a personal luxury car is often hazy. Personal luxury cars are typically mass produced (rather than custom-bodied), sharing their mechanical components with more prosaic sedans to reduce production costs and increase profitability. A modern example is the Ford Thunderbird. 1995 Buick Riviera coupe A coupé (from the French for cut) or coupe is a two or four-seater car with a fixed roof and two doors. ... Saab 900 Convertible 1962 Rambler American 1981 AMC Eagle 4-WD convertible Convertible can also refer to a convertible security A convertible (sometimes called cabriolet in British English) is a car body style with a folding or retracting roof (aka soft top or top in USA, hood in UK). ... 2 plus 2 (2+2) The term 2 plus 2 (or 2+2) is a semi-slang phrase used to describe a car with seating for two passengers up front, plus two for occasional passengers in the rear. ... Seating capacity refers to the number of people who can be seated in a specific space, either in terms of the space available, or in terms of limitations set by law. ... A grand tourer (Italian: Gran Turismo), (initialised GT), is a high-performance automobile designed for long-distance driving. ... 1963 Jaguar E-Type, a classic sports car 1963 Chevrolet Corvette was based upon European sports cars A sports car is an automobile designed for performance driving. ... A coachbuilder is a manufacturer of bodies for carriages or automobiles. ... A notchback full-size luxury sedan. ... The Ford Thunderbird was a car manufactured in the United States by the Ford Motor Company. ...


History

Origins

The antecedents of the personal luxury car are the expensive, often custom-bodied sporting luxury cars of the 1920s and 1930s, some of the most prestigious of which were built by Alfa Romeo, Bugatti, Delage, Delahaye, Duesenberg, and Mercedes-Benz. Two well-known examples were the Duesenberg SJ and Mercedes SSK: tremendously fast and stratospherically expensive automobiles eschewing the comfort of pure luxury cars while being too large and heavy to be true sports cars. They nonetheless offered distinctive style, impeccable craftsmanship, and strong performance for wealthy buyers (including film and music stars, kings, and gangsters) who wanted to project a dashing image. The Great Depression and World War II eroded the market for these expensive, bespoke cars, but the postwar era still produced noteworthy examples like the Bentley Continental R Type with its fine two-door body built by H.J. Mulliner. A related, primarily postwar phenomenon was the grand tourer (GT), a relatively comfortable, high-performance car intended for high-speed, long-distance travel. Italy became a major producer of GTs, with marques like Ferrari and Maserati offering distinctive, often custom-bodied models of considerable performance. Alfa Romeo never recovered from the Second World War. This void was filled by Ferrari. The 1920s they were sexy referred to as the Jazz Age or the Roaring Twenties, usually applied to America. ... The 1930s were described as an abrupt shift to more radical and conservative lifestyles, as countries were struggling to find a solution to the Great Depression, also known as the [[. In East Asia, the rise of militarism occurred. ... Alfa Romeo is an Italian automobile manufacturing company, founded as Darracq Italiana by Cavaliere Ugo Stella, an aristocrat from Milan in partnership with the French automobile firm of Alexandre Darracq. ... For other uses, see Bugatti (disambiguation). ... The Delage emblem The Delage Automobile company was established in 1905 in Levallois, a northwesterly suburb of Paris, France. ... Delahaye Type 32 1909 Delahaye Type 32 2-Seater 1910 Delahaye Tourer 1925 Delahaye 135 M Coupé 1939 A 1939 Delahaye roadster at the Scarsdale Concours. ... 1931 Duesenberg J Duesenberg was a United States-based luxury automobile company active in various forms from 1913 to 1937, most famous for their extremely high-quality, record-breakingly fast roadsters. ... This page is about the Mercedes-Benz brand of automobiles and trucks from the DaimlerChrysler automobile manufacturer. ... 1931 Duesenberg J Duesenberg was a United States-based luxury automobile company active in various forms from 1913 to 1937, most famous for their extremely high-quality, record-breakingly fast roadsters. ... A luxury car is a relatively expensive car. ... 1963 Jaguar E-Type, a classic sports car 1963 Chevrolet Corvette was based upon European sports cars A sports car is an automobile designed for performance driving. ... For other uses, see The Great Depression (disambiguation). ... Combatants Allied powers: China France Great Britain Soviet Union United States and others Axis powers: Germany Italy Japan and others Commanders Chiang Kai-shek Charles de Gaulle Winston Churchill Joseph Stalin Franklin Roosevelt Adolf Hitler Benito Mussolini Hideki Tōjō Casualties Military dead: 17,000,000 Civilian dead: 33,000... A classic Bentley Continental S1 1998 Bentley Continental R A modern Bentley Continental GT Bentley Continental GT The Bentley Continental is an luxury automobile made by Bentley. ... A grand tourer (Italian: Gran Turismo), (initialised GT), is a high-performance automobile designed for long-distance driving. ... This article is about the automobile manufacturer. ... This article is about the automobile manufacturer. ... This article is about the automobile manufacturer. ...


Both the bespoke luxury car and the GT were beyond the reach of all but the wealthiest buyers, and the 1950s saw a growing trend in both the United States and Europe towards mass-market "specialty cars" catering to drivers who coveted the image of the bespoke machinery, but who could not afford the cost -- and to wealthier buyers who could afford the genuine article, but disliked the inconvenience and complexity of servicing and repairing it, especially outside of a major urban area where foreign car dealerships were few and far between. Buyers were also interested in automatic transmission, air conditioning, power steering, and other convenience options not generally offered on GTs or sports cars of the day. In its August, 1967 issue, Motor Trend magazine noted that the domestic "luxury speciality cars" of the day (Ford Thunderbird, Buick Riviera, Oldsmobile Toronado, Cadillac Eldorado and Pontiac Grand Prix) appealed to buyers who wanted reliability and durability not found in the exotic European imports of the 1950s along with those aforementioned American-style options which kept them buying American cars." M/T added that "Motorists of just about every stripe can find a now car with pleasing and distinctive lines, good performance and all the things that go to make a car enjoyable." The 1950s decade refers to the years 1950 to 1959 inclusive. ... For other uses, see Europe (disambiguation). ... The automatic gear selector in a Ford Five Hundred vehicle An automatic transmission (commonly abbreviated as AT) is an automobile gearbox that can change gear ratios automatically as the vehicle moves, thus freeing the driver from having to shift gears manually (similar but larger devices are also used for railroad... Note: in the broadest sense, air conditioning can refer to any form of heating, ventilation, and air-conditioning. ... Power steering is a system for reducing the steering effort on cars by using an external power source to assist in turning the wheels. ... Motor Trend is one of the oldest automotive magazines still publishing. ...


The result was a burgeoning market for "factory customs," models using standard or mostly standard engines and other mechanical components, but with unique styling. A prominent early example was the 1953 Cadillac Eldorado convertible, whose customized styling gave it a price tag nearly twice that of a standard Cadillac rag top despite nearly identical underpinnings. For other uses, see Engine (disambiguation). ... January 7 - President Harry S. Truman announces the United States has developed a hydrogen bomb. ... The Eldorado model was part of the Cadillac line from 1953 to 2002. ...


The personal luxury car market segment in the United States was largely defined by the Ford Thunderbird. The first Thunderbird, launched in 1955 and sold through 1957, was a two-seat convertible, but despite its compact size and respectable performance, Ford made no claims that the softly sprung T-bird was a true sports car, calling it a "personal car." Although some Thunderbirds were quite fast for their time, and some successfully competed in various forms of competition, it was more of a compact luxury car than a GT. The Ford Thunderbird was a car manufactured in the United States by the Ford Motor Company. ... Year 1955 (MCMLV) was a common year starting on Saturday (link displays the 1955 Gregorian calendar). ... Year 1957 (MCMLVII) was a common year starting on Tuesday (link displays the 1957 Gregorian calendar). ... Auto racing (also known as automobile racing or autosport) is a sport involving racing automobiles. ...


In 1958, Ford transformed the Thunderbird into a bulkier, four-seat model with a large array of comfort features and styling gimmicks and found it a tremendous success, outselling any of the earlier, two-seat T-birds. This market segment was previously the province of the Studebaker Golden Hawk, a highly styled hardtop in the GT tradition with muscle car performance. While the four-seat Thunderbirds had only average performance and mediocre handling, their airplane and rocketship-inspired design cues found a receptive audience. 1956 Studebaker Golden Hawk The Studebaker Golden Hawk was a two-door pillarless hardtop coupe type car produced by the Studebaker Corporation of South Bend, Indiana between 1956 and 1958. ...


The personal luxury market emerges

Curiously, other U.S. automakers were slow to react to the success of the Thunderbird. It was not until 1962 when Pontiac offered the Pontiac Grand Prix and Buick offered the Wildcat, followed the next year by the Buick Riviera, as well as the Studebaker Avanti, that the T-Bird had serious competition. In 1963, "GM design chief Bill Mitchell's 'personal luxury' land yacht set sail, with the Riviera squarely aimed at Ford's big Thunderbird in the four-place sports coupe marketplace."[1] American Motors introduced the Marlin, a full-sized sports fastback that was based on an intermediate platform. By the late 1960s and 1970, this market segment was growing, and would achieve even greater success in the later 1970s. This article is about Pontiac automobiles; for the Native American leader, see Chief Pontiac, for other uses see the Pontiac (disambiguation). ... The Pontiac Grand Prix is an automobile produced by the Pontiac division of General Motors. ... Buick is a brand of automobile built in the United States, Canada, China and in Spain by General Motors Corporation. ... The Buick Wildcat was a full-size automobile produced by the Buick Division of General Motors from 1962 to 1970. ... The Buick Riviera was an automobile produced by Buick in the United States from the 1963 to 1999 model years, with 1,127,261 produced. ... Studebaker Avanti The Studebaker Avanti was a sports coupe originally built by the Studebaker Corporation of South Bend, Indiana, USA between June of 1962 and December of 1963. ... American Motors Corporation (AMC) was an American automobile company formed on January 14, 1954 by the merger of the Nash-Kelvinator Corporation and the Hudson Motor Car Company. ... Cover of Motor Trend magazine, featuring 1965 Marlin The Marlin was a mid-sized fastback sporty car built by American Motors from 1965 to 1967. ... A mid-size car, frequently referred to as an intermediate, is an automobile with a size between that of a compact and a full-size or standard-size car. ...


While Europe's slower economic recovery meant that it did not venture as much into this market until the 1960s, there were exceptions like the DKW 1000Sp, the custom-bodied Alfa Romeo 1900 Sprint, BMW 507, and Mercedes 190SL were popular in the personal luxury market, albeit on a smaller scale. By the 1960s models like the Jaguar E-Type, BMW CS coupes, Citroën SM, and Mercedes SL roadsters, while more expensive and somewhat smaller than their U.S. equivalents, were very much aimed at the same type of market. Indeed, the initial 6-series BMW's of 1977 were very comparable to models like the Riviera: they shared most of their mechanical components with contemporary sedans, offering very similar (and even slightly inferior) performance and less practicality at a higher price, but their distinctive style and image made them desirable automobiles. DKW Auto Union logotype Dampf-Kraft Wagen (German: steam-powered vehicle) or DKW is a historic car and motorcycle marque. ... The Alfa Romeo 1900 was a sports sedan designed by Orazio Satta for the Alfa Romeo company in 1950. ... The BMW 507 is thought by many to be one of the most beautiful cars ever produced. ... The Mercedes-Benz SL-Class is a series of automobiles with some of the most prestigious nameplates in the motor industry. ... A 1963 Series 1 3. ... BMW 3. ... Vestigal chrome fins betray American styling cues The Citroën SM was a high performance coupé produced by the French manufacturer Citroën between 1970 and 1975. ... The Mercedes-Benz SL-Class is a series of automobiles with some of the most prestigious nameplates in the motor industry. ... BMW 6-Series Manufacturer: BMW Class: Grand tourer E24 Production: August, 1976–1989 Body Style: Coupé E63 Categories: BMW vehicles | Rear wheel drive vehicles | Automobile stubs ...


The decline of the muscle car in the early 1970s coincided with a strong upswing in the personal luxury segment, as buyers shifted emphasis from performance to comfort, although there were some muscle cars that could be classified as personal luxury, such as the Dodge Charger (SE models). The models of that time, including the Lincoln Continental Mark series, Cadillac Eldorado, and Ford Thunderbird, largely abandoned any pretense of sport for a more intimate, luxury-oriented feel, with plush interiors and vintage styling cues like Rolls Royce-style radiator grilles, opera windows, and vinyl tops. They were mechanically uninspired other than the occasional gimmick, but despite high prices and poor fuel economy, they sold well. The Pontiac GTO is a classic example of the muscle car. ... There have been many different Dodge vehicles, on three different platforms, bearing the Charger nameplate. ... The Lincoln Mark was Lincolns 2-door personal luxury coupe from 1956 to 1998. ... The Eldorado model was part of the Cadillac line from 1953 to 2002. ... Rolls-Royce car may refer to vehicles produced by: Rolls-Royce Limited (1906-1973) Rolls-Royce Motors (1973-2003) Rolls-Royce Motor Cars (2003-present) // Rolls-Royce cars Rolls-Royce Limited vehicles 1904-1906 10 hp 1905-1905 15 hp 1905-1908 20 hp 1905-1906 30 hp 1905-1906... Not to be confused with radiata. ... Opera Windows were small porthole sized side windows in the C-pillar of cars. ... Vinyl roof refers to a vinyl covering for an automobiles top. ...


Decline

American 'personal luxury' cars began to die out in the late 1980s as younger buyers moved toward imported European and Japanese cars, or toward sport utility vehicles. After years of steadily declining sales, the Oldsmobile Toronado died after 1992, the Lincoln Mark after 1998, the Buick Riviera after 1999 and the Cadillac Eldorado after 2002. The 1980s refers to the years from 1980 to 1989. ... A fourth-generation (2006-) Ford Explorer, the best-selling mid-size SUV in the United States. ... The Toronado was produced by the Oldsmobile Division of General Motors from 1966 to 1992. ... // Description The Lincoln Mark was Lincolns 2-door personal luxury coupe from 1956 to 1998. ... The Buick Riviera was an automobile produced by Buick in the United States from the 1963 to 1999 model years, with 1,127,261 produced. ... The Eldorado model was part of the Cadillac line from 1953 to 2002. ...


Nevertheless, conceptually similar imports from Japanese manufacturers like Lexus SC and Infiniti and European marques like BMW and Mercedes continue to sell well, even though their vehicles tend to be higher priced than their former American counterparts. The Lexus SC series is a personal luxury coupé sold by Lexus, the luxury division of Toyota. ... For other uses, see Infinity (disambiguation). ... For other uses, see BMW (disambiguation). ... This page is about the Mercedes-Benz brand of automobiles and trucks from the DaimlerChrysler automobile manufacturer. ...


Partial list

While the vast majority of personal luxury cars came from the United States in the past, most of today's personal luxury cars are sold under German nameplates.


American vehicles

The Lincoln Mark IV is one of the most iconic American personal luxury cars.
The Lincoln Mark IV is one of the most iconic American personal luxury cars.
The Ford Thunderbird was one of the first American personal luxury cars and arguably one of the most enduring debuting in 1955 with final production ending for the 2004 model year.
The Ford Thunderbird was one of the first American personal luxury cars and arguably one of the most enduring debuting in 1955 with final production ending for the 2004 model year.

American made cars that can be included in the Personal Luxury Car sector include the following: ImageMetadata File history File links Download high resolution version (1024x768, 199 KB) 1976 Lincoln Continental Mark IV at the Imperial Palace Auto Collections in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA. Photo by User:Morven. ... ImageMetadata File history File links Download high resolution version (1024x768, 199 KB) 1976 Lincoln Continental Mark IV at the Imperial Palace Auto Collections in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA. Photo by User:Morven. ... Download high resolution version (1860x955, 218 KB)Recent model Ford Thunderbird, Photo by rmhermen File links The following pages link to this file: Ford Thunderbird Categories: GFDL images | NowCommons ... Download high resolution version (1860x955, 218 KB)Recent model Ford Thunderbird, Photo by rmhermen File links The following pages link to this file: Ford Thunderbird Categories: GFDL images | NowCommons ...


Note that not all model years with cars bearing these names count, since automobile manufacturers often re-use names, sometimes on very different types of car.


Models from luxury car brands that fitted in at the very top end of the personal luxury car market and they often set the styling cues for "lesser" models:

  • Cadillac Eldorado - From 1967 onwards, it shared the front wheel drive drivetrain and other characteristics of the Oldsmobile Toronado
  • Imperial - For 1981, this venerable name was briefly resurrected to compete in the personal luxury car market
  • Lincoln Continental Mark Series - From 1968 to 1983, usually sharing the chassis, drivetrain and other parts of the Ford Thunderbird.

Considerably smaller and cheaper were the following: The Eldorado model was part of the Cadillac line from 1953 to 2002. ... 1955 Imperial Imperial was the Chrysler Corporations prestige automobile brand between 1955 and 1975, with a brief reappearance in 1981-1983. ... // Description The Lincoln Mark was Lincolns 2-door personal luxury coupe from 1956 to 1998. ...

  • AMC Matador coupe - the Oleg Cassini and Barcelona editions offered elegant designer luxury in a distinctive aerodynamically styled fastback
  • Buick Regal - Was originally an intermediate-sized personal luxury car from 1973 until 1988
  • Buick Riviera - Considered as one of the most beautiful American cars of the 1960s. The 1971-73 models featured a boattail rear end with a wraparound rear window similar to the 1964-67 Corvette Sting Ray and 1964-66 Plymouth Barracuda.
  • Chevrolet Monte Carlo - Introduced for 1970 with the same bodyshell as the Pontiac Grand Prix and related to the Chevrolet Chevelle; but more luxurious car than its stablemate.
  • Chrysler Cordoba - Late to market for 1975, but for several years phenomenally successful
  • Ford Elite - The company's first intermediate personal luxury car, obsoleted when the Thunderbird was downsized for 1977
  • Ford Thunderbird - The original personal luxury car, and always one of the best sellers
  • Mercury Cougar - Originally based on the Ford Mustang as a ponycar from 1967 to 1973, the Cougar became a personal-luxury car based on the intermediate platform used for the Ford Torino and Mercury Montego for 1974, then became related to the Ford Thunderbird when that car was downsized to the intermediate Torino chassis for 1977.
  • Oldsmobile Starfire - From 1961 to the Toronado's introductory year—1966.
  • Oldsmobile Toronado - Introduced for 1966, the first modern American front wheel drive car and one of the first to feature airbags
  • Pontiac Grand Prix - Introduced for 1962, early models are based on the full-sized Pontiac Catalina and Bonneville body but they were always had sportier and more luxurious interiors with bucket seats and featured distinctive styling cues such as different rooflines and cleaner body with a virtual absence of chrome. Beginning in 1969, it shared a platform with the intermediate-sized Pontiac LeMans and GTO, utilizing the intermediate sized car's chassis with a longer wheelbase to permit a longer hood plus more squared off styling.

1974 Matador rebuilt as a replica of a Police Car from The Dukes of Hazzard Second generation 1975 Matador base model sedan The AMC Matador was an intermediate car built and sold by the American Motors Corporation (AMC) from 1971 to 1978. ... Oleg Cassini (April 11, 1913 – March 17, 2006) was an American fashion designer noted for being chosen by Jacqueline Kennedy to design her state wardrobe in the 1960s. ... The Buick Regal is a mid-size car produced by General Motors Buick division from 1973 through 2004, during which Buick also used the Century name on mid-size models; the two frequently shared bodies and powertrains. ... The Buick Riviera was an automobile produced by Buick in the United States from the 1963 to 1999 model years, with 1,127,261 produced. ... The Chevrolet Monte Carlo was an American mid-size car. ... This article or section includes a list of works cited or a list of external links, but its sources remain unclear because it lacks in-text citations. ... The 1975 Cordoba presented the opera windows, coach lamps, and landau vinyl roof that were obligatory in its market. ... Ford Elite. ... The Ford Thunderbird was a car manufactured in the United States by the Ford Motor Company. ... The Mercury Cougar was an automobile sold under the Mercury brand of the Ford Motor Companys Lincoln-Mercury Division. ... For other Ford Mustang models and concepts, see Ford Mustang Variants. ... The Ford Torino was an intermediate sized car produced by the Ford Motor Company for the North American market between 1968 and 1976. ... Wikimedia Commons has media related to: Mercury Montego The Mercury Montego, (presumably derived from Montego Bay, Jamaica) was a mid-size vehicle in Fords Mercury line. ... The Chevrolet Monza was a rear wheel drive hatchback, coupe and wagon sold from 1975 through 1980. ... The Toronado was produced by the Oldsmobile Division of General Motors from 1966 to 1992. ... Front wheel drive is the most common form of engine/transmission layout used in modern passenger cars, where the engine drives the front wheels. ... For the Mozilla crash reporting software previously called Airbag, see Breakpad. ... The Pontiac Grand Prix is an automobile produced by the Pontiac division of General Motors. ...

European vehicles

The Alfa Romeo GT appeals to the driver, while still luxurious.
The Alfa Romeo GT appeals to the driver, while still luxurious.

Image File history File links Download high resolution version (888x484, 139 KB) Alfa Romeo GT Source: eigenes Bild File links The following pages link to this file: Alfa Romeo GT ... Image File history File links Download high resolution version (888x484, 139 KB) Alfa Romeo GT Source: eigenes Bild File links The following pages link to this file: Alfa Romeo GT ... Alfa Romeo Brera Spider Alfa Romeo Brera The Alfa Romeo Brera is an automobile due to be produced by the Italian manufacturer Alfa Romeo from 2005, in both coupé and convertible (Spider) forms. ... The Alfa Romeo GT is a coupe automobile manufactured by the Italian manufacturer Alfa Romeo since 2004. ... The Bentley Continental GT is a grand tourer coupé with two doors and a 2+2 seating arrangement released in 2003, replacing the previous Rolls-Royce-based Continental R and T. // The Continental GT has a 6 L W12 engine with twin turbochargers which develops 552 hp (411 kW) at... 2003 Bentley Azure Mulliner Final Series The Bentley Azure was a large, four-seat convertible luxury car. ... BMW 6-Series Manufacturer: BMW Class: Grand tourer E24 Production: August, 1976–1989 Body Style: Coupé E63 Categories: BMW vehicles | Rear wheel drive vehicles | Automobile stubs ... 1997 BMW 850 CSi The BMW 8-Series (chassis code BMW E31) was a V8- or V12-powered 2-door 2+2 coupe built by BMW as a substitute for the original BMW 6_Series in 1989. ... Categories: Mercedes-Benz vehicles | Luxury vehicles | Automobile stubs ... 2006 Mercedes-Benz CLS 500 The Mercedes-Benz CLS is a series of automobile models assembled by DaimlerChrysler in Sindelfingen, Germany. ... 1993 Mercedes-Benz 600 SEC, a predecessor of the modern CL-Class 2001 Mercedes-Benz CL63 AMG The Mercedes-Benz CL-Class is a 2-door luxury coupe. ... The Mercedes-Benz SL-Class is a series of automobiles with some of the most prestigious nameplates in the motor industry. ...

Japanese vehicles

The Lexus SC series is a personal luxury coupé sold by Lexus, the luxury division of Toyota. ... The entry-level automobile in Nissans Infiniti marque uses the letter G as a model identifier. ...

Notes

  1. ^ [1] See "The SCM Analysis" section. Retrieved on July 8, 2007.

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A personal luxury car is a highly styled, luxurious automobile intended for the comfort and satisfaction of its owner/driver, sacrificing passenger space, cargo capacity, and other practical concerns for the sake of style.
Personal luxury cars are usually, though not necessarily, two-door coupes or convertibles with two-passenger or 2+2 seating capacity.
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