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Old 22nd December 2010, 16:03   #16
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All the above are merely funky style statements. What is seen in the below video is the most dramatic I have seen. And very useful too.
Wow! now that's what i call a truly drool-worthy list.

Since the popular super-car club has been a small group of the usual suspects (Ferrari, Lamborghini and Porsche), I've gotten a tad jaded with looking at their usual variations on the doors.

For me the Koenigsegg CCXR really gets it right with its take on the doors! Next comes the De-Lorean, an iconic car that flopped due to reasons beyond this thread. The GullWing Twins in the form of the original Mercedes-Benz 300SL and its excellent modern day tribute - the SLS AMG really take my breath away. While the original has a timeless aura to it, the SLS amazes me with its ability to look gorgeous in more colours than most other supercars I know.

Even the SLR Roadster makes a fine case for itself. Hats off to the manufacturer for retaining those dramatic doors even after the car going topless

@ Samurai, a brilliant video to post. Anyone wanting to hazard a guess behind the lack of popularity in these kind of doors becoming more mainstream? I for one would love to have it in most of the cars commonly available.

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@ Samurai, a brilliant video to post. Anyone wanting to hazard a guess behind the lack of popularity in these kind of doors becoming more mainstream? I for one would love to have it in most of the cars commonly available.
Just think what would happen to occupants in case of accident, where all fancy car electronics would fail. How would they get out?

That is why nowadays european car makers keep the door open from inside at all cost even after central locking it.

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That white Konigsegggggg on the last page.. Ive seen it on the street once. Young guy, slows down makes space and then guns it!! What a sight it was!!
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Some interesting piece of info I thought I'd share. The 1968 Alfa Romeo Carabo concept was the first car to have scissor doors. This Bertone designed car was what inspired the Countach.
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Why is no one mentioning the sliding doors of our very own OMNI ?
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The timeless classics, the original GT40 and Ford GT. And those doors were like that for a reason.

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Didn't we forget Rolls? Legendary doors. Upwards or angular ones have been copied by many (all the pics above) but the ones by Rollers are perhaps the best and path-breaking. Miura also should feature here.

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Little, did anyone realise that we're discussing cars from two consecutive centuries.

The Mazda Rx8 doors...people at the front must be finding it difficult/considerably less comfortable to alight.
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Little, did anyone realise that we're discussing cars from two consecutive centuries.

The Mazda Rx8 doors...people at the front must be finding it difficult/considerably less comfortable to alight.
I used to have an Rx8. Its not so bad actually, even in the rear seats. Lots of cars nowadays have the front-rear suicide doors. The Honda Element, Toyota FJ Cruiser to name a few

Although it is just a prototype, the reverse B pillar butterflies of the RSQ are wicked looking!

And the Bugatti 57, is one of the classiest doors ever made.
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My personal favourite is of the Koenigsegg CCXR. It lends a very different style statement

In additon, i also find suicide scissor doors also very unique

Has anyone mentioned the Sera?
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The 1954 Kaiser Darrin Roadster had sliding doors.

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The door as dramatic as the car itself, the BMW Isetta. The vehicle was produced in the post WWII years when cheap transportation was a dire necessity.

I first came across this car in an episode of TG.
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Thanks for sharing photos of those beauties.
I think the Indian version of the dramatic door was missed. I don't have a photo but it used to be a stubby booted Fiat model back in the 80s when Premier Padmini was a-la-mode. The front two doors would open such that the hinges of the back door and front door were on the same pillar. So it would stand out. There were very few of those but they were there I remember seeing them on my way to school in those days.

Also the Reventon photo on Page 1 is awesome but with a little flaw. The picture shows a fighter aircraft in the background which is a Panavia Tornado operational with UK's RAF and Germany's Luftwaffee. However if memory serves me right the Reventon was inspired from the F-22 of the USAF. Anyway it is an awesome automobile worth drooling over and the aircraft does take a back seat when oogling at the car
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Hi Ambivalent, i remember those old Fiats with suicide doors

It was the Fiat 1100 Sedan

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Default Fantastic list.

That list and those photos are fantastic.

But I think short people may be facing problem closing those doors from the driver's or passenger's seat. I faintly remember seeing on TopGear or FifthGear where the host could not reach the door after sitting in the driver's seat.

Supercar lovers may have such an experience.

I am trying to find photos of a car seen on Fift Gear tv show which had front door sliding forward and rear rearward. Anybody seen that? If yes please share.
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