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    Disappearing door Lincoln

    Scroll about halfway down & watch the video.

    http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/ws/eB...m=160135007203

    Lincoln executives were concerned about the heavy and wide doors on the Mark VIII in the early 1990's especially in large cities with tight parking spots. They were toying with the idea of a Mark VIII that had doors that disappeared beneath the car which would require no additional space for the doors to swing open in order to allow the occupant to exit or enter. Back in the day, the major auto makers would sub-contract their concept designs to other engineering firms who specialiazed in auto concepts and executions. In this particular case, this Lincoln Mark VIII was shipped over to Joalto Design Inc. near Detroit.

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    Re: Disappearing door Lincoln

    Well that was strange. Wonder what that does to the ground clearance? Or the floor height?

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    Re: Disappearing door Lincoln

    Quote Originally Posted by misterdecibel
    Well that was strange. Wonder what that does to the ground clearance? Or the floor height?
    I can just picture a door going under a dripping, slushy car on a winter street in NYC.

    On the other hand, GM's "disappearing tailgate" made them the leaders of the station wagon market, before downsizing killed that feature.

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    Re: Disappearing door Lincoln

    Quote Originally Posted by mrblanche
    Quote Originally Posted by misterdecibel
    Well that was strange. Wonder what that does to the ground clearance? Or the floor height?
    I can just picture a door going under a dripping, slushy car on a winter street in NYC.

    On the other hand, GM's "disappearing tailgate" made them the leaders of the station wagon market, before downsizing killed that feature.
    Looks like the door goes into a pocket, not just under the car.

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    Re: Disappearing door Lincoln

    I think a folding gullwing door would have been a more reasonable solution.

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    Quote Originally Posted by misterdecibel
    I think a folding gullwing door would have been a more reasonable solution.
    That makes a lot more sense to me, too. Which is probably why they didn't try it.

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