Despite wearing muddy wellies, yesterday I got to sit in a brand new BMW i8 at an agricultural show, one of just 2000 in the UK.
I have to say the recommended way to enter and sit down in the thing was something from a NASA training manual and getting out was near impossible for an old crusty like me! ha ha.
To be honest it wasn't the the car's sleek design or its eye-watering one hundred K price tag or even its prestigious name that drew me in.
It was its gull-wings.
These were open and sticking up in the air, which I saw clearly from the pig tent.
All those Seventies supercars of my youth came rushing back to me in one great chestnut dash!
But I was wrong. they weren't gull-wings at all!
The friendly car show-room man stood in the field informed me that the BMW i8 actually has dihedral or butterfly doors.
I admitted to him that I thought they were gull wings.
No he said.
So to add even more creaking to my ungreased door hinge the informative salesman explained that further sports car door variations over the years have included scissor, canopy and coach.
Shut that door!
So what about those icons we loved on the telly and the toy shelf back in the Sixties and Seventies? What sort of doors did these have? Anyone know?
Alfa Romeo Carabo
Heinkel Bubble Car
Matchbox Dodge Charger
Matchbox Shovel Nose
Do you know of any unusual car doors?