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I like to DVR the various auto auctions and then just run them in the background as I'm doing stuff around my place, When a particular car catches my fancy I might stop what I'm doing and pay actual attention.

Today I had on the Barrett Jackson Palm Beach auction from 4/7/22 "Day 1" when I heard Steve Magnante say something that caught my ear and made me do a double take. Then I had to rewind and listen again...and again because I thought what he was saying wasn't right. In a nutshell, Steve was explaining that the 1955 Chevy 150 Sedan back window and B-pillar are longer than the 1955 chevy Bel Air Sedan back window and B-pillar.

Now I love Steve, I think he's super knowledgeable and I watch his Junkyard Gold show because I love all kinds of care...but I was pretty sure he was wrong, or maybe just thinking about the Sedan vs Hardtop (although that's clearly not what he said).

So I did a little research and put some images together. I also took video of the moment but wasn't able to link it on this page, so here's a link to it for anyone who wants to watch. I think he was mixing up the Sedan and Hardtop rear windows and B-pillars. Curious to what others think?

FYI, the thermometer reading 100 degrees is the outside temp, not inside my house...which probably explains wasting my time with this...

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Another one of those statements that is pure 100% wrong......and will some how be brought up and presented as gospel hence forth. ALL sedan roofs
wither 2 or 4 dr had the same part # for the skin. Sub structures under it only differentiate in the model used for 2 or 4 dr. All of them are the same length and are longer in the cabin area by apx 5 inches then the 2 dr hardtops.
 

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Is it true that the 2-door hardtop's roof height is shorter than post cars?
Yes, but all hardtops/Nomads/convertibles have the same windshield, all sedans and post wagons have the same windshield.
 
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I believe the majority would choose a post over a hardtop but it’s that lower roofline and the absence of a post that I really like in a hardtop. If I go for a post it will be Nomad. With that being said, I still love a tri five post car.
 

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Who is this Steve Magnante and who made him an expert?
He's a fixture on the Velocity channel or Motor Trend or whatever they call it now. He's an author and maybe editor for motor Trend Magazine, and had/has a show called Junkyard Gold in addition to his appearances on the Barret Jackson auctions.

He's definitely a knowledgeable guy in the car world, my original point in starting this post was that even Steve can make a mistake...he casually threw down a "fact" in the video I shared of the auction that's clearly incorrect. In the grand scheme, not a big deal it just surprised me.
 
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