Mystery Car!

Did you know that the word coupé comes from the French to cut? Did you further know that the traditional triangular martini glass is also known as a coupé? Oh the things you learn from basic cable.
Here’s a car that’s a coupe -the car version, not the cocktail glass. It has two doors and a long hood, and it has a particular styling feature that should give its origins away immediately, but I’m not telling what that is because it wouldn’t be fun otherwise. This shouldn’t be too brain taxing, and I expect that y’all will have the appropriate answers to this mystery car – make, model, years of production and engine range – in a blink of the eye.
Oops, I blinked.
Go forth and be impressive!

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  1. Peter Tanshanomi Avatar
    Peter Tanshanomi

    I have no idea. But it looks like an '80s Alfa made sweet love to an early Mazda rotary.
    …Which in my book is a very good thing.

  2. Tim Odell Avatar
    Tim Odell

    It's like a Challenger, badly translated from 1973 to the early 80s.

  3. TK421 Avatar

    Im going to go with a Toyota Celica notch back. '76?

  4. Dan Avatar

    Looks like a Barreiros-built Dodge 3700:

    1. Dan Avatar

      Oops, make that a Serra-built 3700 Dodge Boulevard.

    2. mdharrell Avatar

      Yup, but this version is the 1972/3 Serra 3700 GT Boulevard or some such. It apparently goes by a couple of names.
      The photo above is an altered version of this one:
      (Edit: You caught it in your own reply, which wasn't there when I started typing this. Nicely done!)

      1. CJinSD Avatar
        This is a link to the restoration of the one in the mystery photo. Thanks to you and Dan for teaching me about a car I had no prior knowledge of, and I used to be a serious Mopar head. This car conjures images of a slant-6 powered Lamborghini, which is pretty appealing to me.

        1. mdharrell Avatar

          Dan deserves solo credit for this one– I didn't think "Dodge Boulevard" until he mentioned the 3700. I was stuck in a rut of thinking it was some sort of completely rebodied AMC (the 'American ….S' on the front plate didn't help with that) even though the wrap-around bumpers looked vaguely familiar from somewhere else.
          In the first two restoration photos, the sanded-through-several-layers-of-paint look really works on this car. Almost a shame they painted over it.

    3. scroggzilla Avatar

      I think you've nailed it.

    4. Alff Avatar

      We have a winner. Is the styling cue the tacky white interior that tells the world, "I may look exotic but inside I'm all American (in this case Dodge"?

      1. facelvega Avatar

        If only more dodge coupes of that vintage looked like this. I would consider one if there were available and I was in the market for a detroit cruiser.

  5. aastrovan Avatar

    Jensen Interceptor?

    1. Black Steelies Avatar

      My initial-est thought.

  6. Maxichamp Avatar

    Looks Longchamp-y.

  7. Syrax Avatar

    I got fooled by the Japanese. Their prolific design appropriation made me think it was something like an older Galant or a Mazda RX-4. I'm sure this will happen in the future with the Kia Opirus.