Where did this term originate?
Beats me. Years ago when I got interested in Model T's I had a older friend who had a 22 Roadster. I wanted one also and finally found the remains of a body. He told me that the turtle deck was hard to find. I finally found a nice one for 75.00. The guy I bought it from called it a turtle deck also. That was in the 70's. Just a nick name?
I thought they were named "Turtle deck" because of the early cars had the back end rounded like a turtle shell.
Those may be fighting words to some...
They were called turtledecks as early as the late '50s in the hotrod magazines, Don.
Just curious, is that roadster a wide track? Zoomed in on the rear fenders and they do look wider which also makes me think the axle is wider. I don't know but thought I'd through it out there.
I don't have a T body parts book. Did Ford list a description of it in its publications? What did Ford call it.
I just found a May 15, 1926 body parts list at a swap meet yesterday. It's called "Deck assy"
My Grandfolks called the trunk on their '50 Ford a turtle. I expect that carried over from Model T days.
I was in line at a store last week when the cashier and the woman in front of me were talking of their aging mothers with dementia. The cashier said when taking her mother to the Dr, the mother kept telling her to put the walker in the turtle deck--the cashier said she was always making up her own names like that! I took that opportunity to explain about the turtle deck. She realized that the 95 year old lady wasn't crazy and making up new names for things, she was merely thinking back to the times of her youth.
Mike - And yet most of us (including todays kids) call it the trunk! And guess what that's a carry-over from,....???