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I was looking at my car today and imagining what it would look like with opera windows and that got me thinking ...

Would it be possible to change the C pillars from with opera windows to a car without operas ? Or are the C pillars too vital to structural rigidity ?
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Yes it's possible as they are just stuck on, finding a good set will be hard work, and also you would need a panel above it in the same colour or have it painted.

From memory Ray did the same job but in reverse on a TRS with shot windows.
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I think you need inner trims aswell. Best bet is to find a car being broken and strip it all out, although the cold weather isn't best suited to this.

As Tim said, finding useable windows will be trickiest - someone on here did get a pair make a few years back.
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OK I am up to speed with what these are now. Is this a racist based name based on Oprah, or is there some reason they are related to Opera. I do not get it. I think they are rather funky but was disappointed that they are smoked dimmed plastic fantastics rather than glass
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Glass ones would be much better but costly to make.

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Opera windows are small porthole sized side windows in the C-pillar of some cars. Typically offered in unison with a vinyl roof, they were a very common design feature of American automobiles during the 1970s. The design was new at the time, "... and would prove to be very popular, indicated by its imitation by almost every domestic manufacturer. The opera window was a fixed rear side window surrounded by a vinyl roof."
The windows were intended to offset the significant blind spots created by the very wide C-pillars that were characteristic of American cars produced at this time. Even narrow opera windows helped rear visibility. In an age of decreasing dimensions and increasingly common use of non-opening rear side windows on 2-door models, the small opera windows helped rear passengers to be somewhat less claustrophobic.
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Yes I remember those and a good answer, thank you. Still seems odd to call them Opera windows, but they have to be called something, and I can see a loose association. More so if Lincoln began the fad on their limos. I think given the Brit naming, it would have remained a quarter light. Much less exiting.
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