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Old 07-29-2003, 07:24 AM   #1
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What classifies a car as a Spyder?

I know very little about cars so if the question is completely off base feel free to tell me. But I've seen many cars that included the word spyder in their name and I was wondering is there a reason they are called this or is it for merely vanity purposes? Any response is helpful, thanks in advance.
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Old 07-29-2003, 02:34 PM   #2
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Re: What classifies a car as a Spyder?

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I know very little about cars so if the question is completely off base feel free to tell me. But I've seen many cars that included the word spyder in their name and I was wondering is there a reason they are called this or is it for merely vanity purposes? Any response is helpful, thanks in advance.

Good question. There is nothing that actually qualifies a car to be call "Spyder". That being said it is most often used on sporty two-door, two-seat convertibles. The term has been used on cars from most all countries but was originally used by Porsche in the fifties.

So the short answer is yes, merely for vanity purposes.
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Old 07-29-2003, 07:38 PM   #3
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Spyder and Roadsters are pretty much the same thing, correct me if im wrong
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Spyder and Roadsters are pretty much the same thing, correct me if im wrong

Yeah, that's it, that's the explanation I was looking for.
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Roadsters and spyders are the same thing, they are both 2 seaters and convertible. 4 seater convertible's are not considered are roadster or a spyder.
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Roadsters and spyders are the same thing, they are both 2 seaters and convertible. 4 seater convertible's are not considered are roadster or a spyder.

So a '32 Ford roadster is a Spyder? I think not. Remember read, think, type.
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As far as the '32 Ford example, I always believed "Spyder" was more a European car term, recently used by the Asian car manufacturers as well. I may be wrong, but I can't think of any American models that carried "Spyder" after its name. There probably is one, but none that I can recall. I think "Roadster" was the same way originally. Porsche used it quite a lot, and I thought it too was mostly a European term. I'm open to any corrections.
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As far as the '32 Ford example, I always believed "Spyder" was more a European car term, recently used by the Asian car manufacturers as well. I may be wrong, but I can't think of any American models that carried "Spyder" after its name. There probably is one, but none that I can recall. I think "Roadster" was the same way originally. Porsche used it quite a lot, and I thought it too was mostly a European term. I'm open to any corrections.

You are so correct. If you read the thread from top to bottom you'll find that was partly my point.

As for US manufacturers using the name Spyder, Chevy did it in the 60's on the Corvair. That model is also the only one I know of that breaks the two seat only rule.
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I never would have thought the Corvair would be selected to have a Spyder model...Interesting...I've got to look up a pic of one now...Thanks for the information...
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