"Disappearing" car door !

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"Disappearing" car door !

Postby SDR » Sat Jan 26, 2008 6:22 pm

http://disappearing-car-door.com/#

Take that, gullwing and swing-up. . . :roll:

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Postby googieagog » Sat Jan 26, 2008 7:15 pm

Cool idea. I wonder how rustproof that double floorpan would be -- seems like a good place to trap water.
The '54 Kaiser Darrin had really slick disappearing doors that slid into the front fenders. Probably the coolest U.S. factory production 2-seater of the decade.

http://www.americansportscars.com/darrin.html

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Postby SDR » Sat Jan 26, 2008 7:32 pm

Yeah, I recall the Darrin. Saw it at an auto show once, back in the day.

"Henry had not only bought the idea of building a sports car, but gave Darrin the go ahead on a 4 door prototype based on the same sliding door concept."

Wonder which direction the rear door moved in. . .?

I get the idea that the disappearing door stays on the outside of the undercarriage when opened, but I could be wrong; note that they imply that the ground clearance suffers (presumably only when parked) on a retrofit job, but that a built-from-scratch installation corrects this problem. . .

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Postby Nick32vic » Sun Jan 27, 2008 3:00 pm

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Postby MD² » Sun Jan 27, 2008 3:32 pm

1988-91 BMW Z1 ?

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They were designed on the classic principle of the lightweight roadster that had removable door panels & could be driven with or without doors. Because of this, they were deemed as illegal in the U.S.
You can checkout this interesting video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mIzTYOA7nJ8


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