The torpedo body style was a type of automobile body used from 1908 until the mid-1930s which had a streamlined profile and a folding or detachable soft top. The design consists of a hood/bonnet line raised to be level with the car's waistline, resulting in a straight beltline from front to back.
The Torpedo body style was usually fitted to 4- or 5-seat touring cars (cars without a fixed roof) with detachable or folding roof, and low side panels and doors. Torpedo cars didn't have B pillars, so the only uprights present were those supporting the windshield.
The name is also used for trucks with a hood/bonnet.
- Roberts, Peter (1974). "Carriage to Car". Veteran and Vintage Cars. London, UK: Octopus Books. p. 111. ISBN 0-7064-0331-2.
Torpedo – Continental term for an open four-seat car with soft hood and sporting tendencies and in which the line of the bonnet was continued back to the rear of the car.
- Wood, Jonathan (2008). Coachbuilding – The Hand Crafted Car Body. Oxford, UK: Shire Publications. ISBN 978-0-7478-0688-2.
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When cabs were modularized in the 2-series in 1980, the first version to be launched was the bonneted cab, the so-called T-cab, with a torpedo-like design.
- Peck, Colin (2010). "The 1950s – new factories, new trucks and buses". DAF Trucks Since 1949. Poundbury, Dorset, UK: Veloce Publishing. p. 19. ISBN 978-1-845842-60-4.
To meet the more conservative demands of specific sectors of the market, DAF introduced its first bonneted truck in 1957, with mechanical specifications similar to the cab-over-engine models. Generically known as the 'Torpedo' series, these new trucks were initially supplied as a chassis and bonnet, allowing coachbuilders to construct the cabs.