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Lincoln Prototype With Disappearing “Caterpillar Doors”

Caterpillar Door

By Evan Ackerman

Imagine yourself in a sexy black 1993 Lincoln Mk 8. You’ve just snagged the last parking space in front of Starbuck’s, but oh no, there’s a Hummer parked on one side of you and (wait for it) a Hummer parked on the other side of you! How ever will you open your door? Apparently, Ford execs were grappling with the same critical issue and commissioned Jaalta Design Inc. (who still own the many patents covering its mechanics) to develop the doors on this prototype :

I know “caterpillar door” makes no sense, but what are you supposed to call this besides whatever the opposite of “butterfly door” is? Both sides of the car feature these doors, although currently only the passenger side is operational (via the keychain fob). The other door is kind of jammed, but could technically be kicked coaxed back into life. The rest of the car is in pretty good shape with 43k on it. Needless to say, it’s one of a kind, but it’s up for grabs right now on eBay at $20,000 (reserve not yet met).

[ eBay Auction ] VIA [ SlashGear ]







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  • anon

    What happens if the door gets stuck in the down position? o_o

  • Ian Chiu

    Well, you would also have a problem when the door gets stuck when it is in the up position in which situation you have to crawl out the windows.

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