Q: Coupe vs Convertible Seats
I’m restoring a convertible and using a coupe as a donor car. Both 1968.
I’ve had about 5 dealers tell me the rear seats are the same, and about 5 tell me the conv. seats are narrower. Coupe seats seem to fit, but the interior isn’t finished (lift cyl, side covers, etc.) so I can’t tell for sure. The old conv seats are a pile of rust with a cover on them, so I can’t measure.
What say the list?
A: You’ve been talking to camaro guys!
Camaro coupe had no rear armrests, hence the coupe seat is about six inches wider than camaro convertible. Firebirds, being luxury cars relative to camaros had rear armrests, making the seat the same width as convertible seat. The only camaro coupes (at least 1968 and 1969 I’m sure of) that had the narrow rear seat were the cars equipped with the fold-down option. (I remember a 1967 that a friend from my youth had back in 73-74, I thought it had rear armrests, but memory is the second thing to go – I can’t remember the first.)
Bottom line is if car had rear armrests, the seat is the correct width for a Firebird, either body style.
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