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Lambo Doors Are So Last Year: Disappearing Car Doors Are Fresh

Posted in auto industry, Bizarre, Concept Cars, Lincoln, Videos by Vito Rispo | September 11th, 2008 | 5 Responses |

Quiet is the new loud. You just spent 5 grand hooking up your Civic with lambo doors, only to realize, they’re not cool anymore. What you need now is a set of disappearing doors from Jatech. Word.

They’re actually pretty cool, and relatively simple. The door just rolls under and slides into a compartment under the car. They thing is, it’s totally electronic, so when your battery dies, you’ve got to break your window to get out. Still, I think with some minor modifications, like a manual open option, I bet we see this in a mainstream production car within the next 5-10 years at least.
Check out the video after the jump:

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  1. The 1954 Kaiser-Darrin, a fiberglass bodied sports car, was, in point of fact, the first car with sliding doors. That car was designed in late 1952, by “Dutch” Darrin, an American specialty car builder who worked with Kaiser automobiles and Packard to produce special bodies.

    Dutch Darrins’ unique sliding door concept – the doors slid into the body, manually – was patented and first tried out on a prototype built way back in 1946.

    The Kaiser-Darrin was designed for the 100 inch wheelbase of the Kaiser Henry-J and carried the in-line, flathead six cylinder engine of that car; rated at just 90 horsepower. It listed for $3,668 in 1954. Nonetheless, Kaiser was struggling only 435 Kaiser-Darrins were built before Henry J. Kaiser himself pulled the plug on the Kaiser automobile company.

    With 100 leftover Kaiser-Darrins, Dutch Darrin retrofitted some of those with the overhead valve Cadillac V8 and sold those editions for $4,350. Running with a Caddy V8, the Kaiser-Darrin was reportedly capable of 140 mph.

    So back in the Fifties, there was a sliding door car of which the Beatniks of the day would’ve said, “Cool, Daddy-O.”

    Yes, the word “cool” goes way back, too.

  2. Fuji says:

    This is so 1980s…lookup the BMW M1

  3. Fuji says:

    Ooops- I mean Z1.
    Damn alphanumeric vehicle names! If it was called the BMW MegaFox with superslide doors I would not have forgotten that.

  4. #1 Kaiser Darrin Fan says:

    The Darrin was the first, and only, production car to date with forward sliding pocket doors. The BMW mentioned had doors that slide “down” into the car, and the video clip of the FORD product here isn’t new… It has been around the block for the past several years. I believe it is/was based on a 2002 or 2003 Mark VII, but I wouldn’t swear to it. – Someone even tried to sell it on eBay. – Sorry, but I want to see something NEW if your claiming the NEW thing is sliding doors.

  5. The door just rolls under and slides into a compartment under the car?