5 Of The Most INSANE Car Doors Ever Made

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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.

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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.

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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.

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