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The smart crossblade Was a smart Car With No Doors or Windshield

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author photo by Doug DeMuro August 2016

A long time ago, many years before the smart fortwo was ever sold in America, there was the smart crossblade. It had no doors. It had no windshield. It had no roof. And they actually sold it.

This is completely true. I had heard of the smart crossblade vaguely many years ago, but I always thought it was some bizarre concept car. Then in 2014, I was walking through a parking garage somewhere in Europe, and there it was: Parked among the normal cars -- the ones with windshields, doors and roofs -- was the smart crossblade. A car that had none of those things.

Here's the situation: The crossblade is basically a regular smart fortwo with all that stuff removed. In place of the doors, there's a bar to make sure you don't fall out, just like in an amusement-park ride. In place of the windshield, there's some small, apparently plexiglass piece that's screwed to the dashboard and looks like a golf visor. There are also 3-spoke wheels. I believe that's the real low point.

What's weird to me about this car is that it's so insanely compromised, I can't believe anyone bought it. No roof means you'd better live in a place with constant sunshine. No doors means you'd better not have small children, who may try to explore the highway as you drive along it. And no windshield? Seriously? Have you ever driven a car with no windshield? In a car with no windshield, you are the windshield. Enjoy your bug-coated eyelashes.

Still, I have a soft spot in my heart for the smart crossblade. Meanwhile, at least one smart crossblade owner has a soft spot on their head from where they got smacked by a sparrow.

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