: Ahh, The Old Disappearing Door Trick!



ted tcb
04-24-11, 05:09 PM
1993 Lincoln Mark VIII.

I've seen it before, but this YouTube video is new.



http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AAtkoje4-eM


Link to the story behind the concept car.

http://www.ronsusser.com/inventory.htm?id=857

ga_etc
04-24-11, 05:20 PM
That's really freaking cool. I'm not sure it's very practical, but awesome nonetheless.

billc83
04-24-11, 06:50 PM
Awesome is seldom practical.

orconn
04-24-11, 07:54 PM
If it is reliable, I'd say that it is highly practical. As a city dweller for most of my life I often chose four door cars over the (American) coupes just because the coupes doors were so heavy and their width made them a liability in the smaller parking spaces that came into being in the 1980's. This solution to door weight and width problem also made accessibility to the back seat of coupes much less problematic. People with kids needing to be put in the backseat car seat had much be access and didn't need to perform the contortions necessary to put little Willy properly in the rear in his car seat. Personally, this feat feature would be worth more that a sunroof cost wise to me!

ga_etc
04-24-11, 11:03 PM
I meant practical from all the wear and tear on the mechanicals. What happens when the motors start getting weak and the door opens fine, but isn't strong enough to close the door? How ridiculous would the costs be for repair and maintenance?

Sevillian273
04-24-11, 11:11 PM
That's excellent! I'd love to see the mechanicals responsible for it and what had to be done to make it fit.

orconn
04-24-11, 11:22 PM
If they can make motorized side doors on mini-vans, I don't know why they could make these doors reliable. Just like most of the accessories we see on cars tody there would be an extra cost, but i would bet there would be a market for this type of door on luxury cars today.

Aron9000
04-25-11, 01:51 AM
If they can make motorized side doors on mini-vans, I don't know why they could make these doors reliable. Just like most of the accessories we see on cars tody there would be an extra cost, but i would bet there would be a market for this type of door on luxury cars today.

I deal with taxi drivers all the time at work. Almost all of them drive minivans here. Out of all the vans that have electric doors, I'd say only 20% of them work like they did on the showroom. If they aren't 100% broke, they're 2/3rds on their way to being there.

Buying a new minivan, I might get the power doors, since you get a warranty. Used minivan, I'd avoid that feature like the plauge.

MoistCabbage
04-25-11, 02:11 AM
I remember seeing that car on eBay. Only thing I didn't like about it was the completely flat interior door panels. And the doors didn't seem to operate as fast as they did in the companies original video from '93.

Jesda
04-25-11, 04:35 AM
Outstanding