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July 21, 2007

Disappearing Car Door

at 5:30 am. Filed under Crazy Hacks, Insane Equipment


I have seen lots of crazy car hacks but this Disappearing Car Door is out of this world. It reminds me of the plasma screen that hides under the bed.

Thanks to digitalELPH for digging up some more information about this car. It was actually a concept car that was made in 1993 and was recently put up on Ebay. Not sure what the reserve bid was but $25,300 didn’t win the car…

“This is probably one of the coolest car mods I have seen. The side door lowers completely into the bottom of the car like something out of Transformers.

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. Joalto holds numerous US Patents dealing with this vehicle chassis and body construction

At first viewing, this car appeared to be a normal rust free Lincoln Mark VIII only with the door handles removed. Then I noticed that the doors themselves were different and much wider. Then, when the owner activated the disappearing door with a remote key fob, I could only think “Holy S**t, where did the door go?” I was truly amazed at the smooth execution of the passenger door as it both disappeared below the car and then at the touch of a button, it re-appeared and went back to it’s normal closed position.”

Via: Digg


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18 Responses to “Disappearing Car Door”

  1. digitalELPH Says:

    It’s not a mod per-say in the sense that it was modified from scratch by the current owner. It’s a concept car, more or less. Still interesting.


  2. George Says:

    wow, my mouth was actually open for the whole of that video!
    I don’t even do that for movies…

    And to be honest i was expecting some sort of cheap-ass video effect but that was freaking amazing. I really, really want one ­čÖé

  3. jerrt Says:

    yeah, like above, not a mod but a concept, and i really tried to talk a friend of mine into figuring out how to do this to his custom prelude. scissor doors are sooooo last week now. [:

  4. Alan Parekh Says:

    Thanks for the additional info digitalElpf, I will add some details to the article thanks to your findings.

  5. Joven Says:

    Omg, this is incedible! This should be standard! Who on
    this earth would opt out on this as an option?!

  6. Elbarfo Says:

    Ever been T-boned?

    Those doors would scare the hell out of you if you have…They look a tad bit flimsy.

    I gotta admit though, the door motion is as smooth as it can be. Very clean mod.

  7. sam Says:

    I agree with elbarfo. I wouldn’t want to be sitting on the passenger door side during a t-bone accident.

  8. ivanotter Says:

    Side impact? No concept car would have good side impact. However, if they were to put it in to production ever, it would be reinforced for side impact obviously.

  9. marchano Says:

    bmw has used this already on a production car, the Z1…

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  11. Automotive Hacks: Power Doors « Ablestmage.com Says:

    […] This detailed report has the now-familiar video of the car door that disappears underneath the body, but also contains numerous photos of various other areas of the car (such as the trunk that houses many of the mechanical and pressurized elements of the modification), including what appears to be instructions from a kit that the tinkerer bought. […]

  12. clement Says:

    am mr. clement and i will like to order some car doors in your stork and i will like to know the types that u have thank you and waiting for your quick reply

  13. Jim P Says:

    I don’t see any advantage in the rain, except for being able to open your umbrella easily. However, the interior would be susceptable to getting extremely wet.
    Where do you put your golf clubs? What about winter?

  14. Lynn Says:

    These look great but they must costly if no one is giving a price.

  15. Luxuryhandbags Says:

    This is probably one of the coolest car mods I have seen. The side door lowers completely into the bottom of the car like something out of Transformers

  16. [Video] Disappearing Car Door « termid Says:

    […] more pictures of┬á┬áLincoln Mark VIII Disappearing Door Prototype Concept Car (1993) here. Company site here. And here the slide show of others […]

  17. Daryl Dillard Sr Says:

    Please use my 2009 maxima as your marketing tool. i want to a part of the team who wants to make millions possibly billions for this company.

  18. 2FAST Says:

    NOS!!!! ;D

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