List of cars with non-standard door designs

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This is a list of cars with non-standard door designs, sorted by door type. These car models use passenger door designs other than the standard design, which is hinged at the front edge of the door, and swings away from the car horizontally and towards the front of the car.

The main types of non-standard door designs are:

  • Butterfly – butterfly doors move via hinges along the A-pillar, on an axis not aligned vertically or horizontally to the vehicle or ground.
  • Canopy – roof, windshield, and sides are one unit that moves upward, forward, or sideways to provide access.
  • Gullwing – hinged to the roof at the top horizontal edge of the door, and open upward on a horizontal axis.
  • Scissors – rotate vertically at a fixed hinge at the front of the door, and open by rotating on a horizontal axis, perpendicular to the vehicle's length.
  • Sliding – mounted to or suspended from a track, and open by sliding horizontally alongside or into the vehicle sidewall.
  • Suicide – hinged on the rear end of the doorframe, and open horizontally towards the rear.
  • Swan  – open outward like either a conventional door or a suicide door, but on an axis slightly tilted from vertical, or via articulation in the hinge to angle upward for better ground clearance.

Scissor doors[edit]

Butterfly doors[edit]

Road-legal cars[edit]

Racing cars[edit]

A common door design on Group C, IMSA GTP cars of the 1980s and early 1990s and recently on Daytona Prototype and Le Mans Prototype cars, this list does not include cars categorized as such.

Concept cars[edit]

Gullwing doors[edit]

Road-legal cars[edit]

Racing cars[edit]

Concept cars[edit]

Suicide doors[edit]

Delahaye Type 135 with its front suicide doors open

Models of automobile that featured suicide doors (i.e., doors hinged at the rear) includes some vehicles categorised:

Canopy doors[edit]

Sliding doors[edit]

A common door design on minivans, leisure activity vehicles and commercial vehicles includes some vehicles categorised:

Swan doors[edit]

They open outward like either a conventional door or a suicide door, but hinge slightly upward as well for better ground clearance, includes some vehicles categorised:


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