Amazing 1993 Lincoln concept video
I guess, back in 1993, Ford was trying to design some new type of doors.
This experiment is based on a Lincoln Mark VIII coupe.
I think it looks great.
But something must have gone wrong because it never made it to production.
And I can’t recall seeing this on any Ford/Lincoln concept either.
The most amazing thing is that it is now for sale on Ebay.
I am not sure where you would get this fixed if/when it brakes…
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That looks pretty cool from the outside, almost James Bound like. But the interior wrinkles around the door area when operating. They should have improved this feature, but it might have cost them too much $.
Damn! Except for the saggy interior door fabric, what’s wrong with this great idea? I’m sure there’s some engineering issues, but are they so different from convertible hardtop concerns?
Reminds me a bit of early 70s GM wagons with disappearing tailgates.
Too many mechanicals involved I guess. I think they figured it would be too much headaches for dealers to fix them.
Find room for an armrest, too.
Ingenious but most likely highy impractical for many reasons. What’s interesting is when creative minds are set free to brainstorm there’s always a flood of ideas which usually congeal into something useful and practical. Probably the closest thing to this idea actually put into production was the GM clamshell tailgates from their large wagons produced from ’71 thru ’76. I wonder how many of those are still around and actually in working condition?
“brakes” = “breaks”
I wouldn’t want to be T-boned in this tarted-up T-bird.
Oh, and the mechanicals on the driver’s door don’t work.
you would have to be sure to have stopped on flat pavement to open the door – otherwise the door would become easily damaged if parked over a bumpy surface.
Complexity hasn’t stopped manufacturers from making hardtop convertibles. Granted, this poses completely different problems, but what a cool idea anyway. As they say, “if we can put a man on the moon…”
Thanks for this video, Vince.
“What’s interesting is when creative minds are set free to brainstorm there’s always a flood of ideas which usually congeal into something useful and practical.”
Good point. That freedom isn’t as obvious as it used to be when it comes to automobile manufacturing. That goes for both styling and engineering. Hybrids and self-parking cars give us a rare glimpse of such creativity.
i dont know if you got the wrong info, but i was just on a page where you can buy this kit for your car. same video and all, and they claimed it was their demo car to show it off.
Yikes. Imagine what that massive opening would let into the car when being used during a heavy rain or snow storm!