Our list of the best 5 car door designs in automotive history.
We love it when automakers push the limits of a car's design language. Whether it’s just for a concept car or something that made its way to mass production, it’s great to see companies (even small ones) pushing the envelope in automotive design and engineering. The doors of a car are one of the best ways an automaker can differentiate a new model.It’s with this in mind that we bring you our take, in descending order, of the top 5 most outlandish car doors in automotive history.
5. Mercedes-Benz Gullwing Doors The now-insanely expensive Mercedes-Benz 300SL is an automotive icon, and its pioneering gullwing doors are probably to thank for much of the attention it’s gathered. Reflected also in the more contemporary Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG, gullwing doors have always been successful in getting people’s attention. A parked car with gullwing doors up maintains a sort of aura that screams "exotic supercar."
4. The 1968 Alfa Romeo Carabo: Scissor Doors Scissor doors, often referred to as "Lambo doors," are perhaps the best-known atypical door design in modern automobiles. Owing its roots to the Alfa Romeo Carabo shown above, scissor doors carry a road presence that hardly anything else on the road can match. These doors first went on a production vehicle with the legendary Lamborghini Countach. A large share of automotive icons have these: the Bugatti EB110, Koenigsegg Agera and CCR, Lamborghini Aventador and Murcielago, and Spyker C8 are just a few examples.
3.The 1993 Lincoln Mark VIII: Rolling Doors The third spot on this list goes to one car: the 1993 Lincoln Mark VIII pre-production concept. If what we’re really looking at here are purely car door design concepts, we can’t help but admire the coloring-outside-the-lines attitude Ford took when it approached this model. Although it was ultimately deemed too expensive to reach production after a lot of internal company bickering, the concept-spec doors on this pseudo-luxury whip are amazing.
Practical? Probably not. Cool? Hell yeah, even if the mechanism that works the doors probably couldn’t last one New England winter.
2. The 1970 Lancia Stratos Zero by Bertone: Front-Hinged Door The Bertone Stratos Zero concept car from the model year 1970 displays the first implementation of a front-hinged door on any car. It debuted the same year at the Turin Auto Show. The wedge shape of this car lends itself perfectly to the use of a front hinged door, making it something remarkable both then and now.
1. Sterling Nova: The Articulated Canopy Seeing someone park and hop out of a Sterling Nova kit car is a sight to behold. From a distance, this car looks like something that could easily be the product of an Italian exotic legend like Ferrari or Lamborghini. That’s part of what’s so great about the car: It’s actually something attainable for the normal human being. The rolling tube chassis and full body kit is currently listed on the kit car’s website for $26,460. Now, obviously putting it together is a different story, but it’s inspiring to see a car so unique and aesthetically pleasing for a price that we can ever hope to afford.