Common Car Body Styles

Some car frame styles were designed with performance in mind, and others for relaxation. But despite what the car designer had in mind, it turns out that car shoppers have minds of their own. Examine the pickup. Originally intended as a heavy-duty performance vehicle, the pickup has become part of a lifestyle for rural and suburban car owners who rarely haul anything. But it doesn’t matter — people like cars for several reasons. But while many body styles have been aged out, others have made their impact and have remained notable for decades, and a few for over a century.

The infographic below, 10 Timeless Car Body Styles, takes a look at the vehicles Americans have always been attracted to. Which are your favorites? Chances are, there will be several.

On one end of the spectrum, some car body styles have stuck around because they are fun — fun to drive, fun to ride in and fun looking. The Chevy Corvette has a fan base as passionate as any you’ll see for a celebrity or athletic teams. Corvette clubs can be found all over the country, and Corvette owners love to show off their cars at shows, at club events and on the road — nonstop, 24/7. Other types of roadsters have solid supporter groups as well, even though you’ll never use one to take the family on vacation or take home your new fridge.

If this is your first purchase, or you’re trying to decide on your next vehicle, the infographic’s visual representations ought to give you a little help.