Types of Aftermarket / Exotic Car Doors Written by Tom Schenk
We all like to have our cars stand out from the crowd. One popular way of doing this is by installing a vertical lambo door hinge kit. Many people do not realize how many types of aftermarket door hinges there are and how long they have been around. These styles have been brought to the market by OEM parts in high luxury exotic automobiles. This article will discuss all the different types of doors and styles of aftermarket doors and where they were originated.
Scissor and Lamborghini (Lambo) Doors
These doors are also commonly named beetle-wing doors, switchblade doors or jackknife doors. These are doors that pop open and are then lift straight up vertically. This design was meant for wide cars, so that they would be easy to get out of without risking the chance of hitting something with the door. These were first used as OEM door hinges for the Alfa Romeo Carabo in 1967–1971. These are now seen in Lamborghinis. In the aftermarket world, there are a few different types and many different manufacturers.
-Lambo Vertical Doors-These are manufactured to fit one specific make, model and year,
-Universal:-These are built to fit most cars and trucks.
Manual Kit -
(2) Diablo Hinges
(4) 150lb Gas Struts
All Necessary Hardware
(130) High-Rez Install Pics
(2) GT Factory Stickers
Automatic Kit -
Manual Kit and
(2) Rod Bearing
(2) 8lbs Actuators
(2) Switches and Relays
Note: The door will have to be opened before the automatic actuators will lift the door up. To have the door open automatically and lift automatically please purchase the Automatic Kit w Door Poppers.
Showstopper Kit -
Shave Door Handle Kit
(2) Door Poppers
Designed for universal fit & quick install
Limited lifetime warranty
The ONLY kit that goes 90 degrees vertical
Keeps doors straight up instead of hanging to the side
Dual nitrogen gas lifts per door rated @ 300lbs force
4 infinitely adjustable points allows for unique look
100% CNC machined 4130 chromoly steel construction
Lifetime show quality finish
Electroless Nickel plated for corrosion protection & show
Can be paintable
Maintains factory safety, accessories & function
Detailed install CD w/ over 130 high rez pictures
Up to 90 degrees Vertically
Up to 25 degrees Horizontally
Fits any vehicle
Doors continue to utilize OEM latches & accessories
Jawdropping results. Available in Manual, Motorized, and ShowStopper
View the link at the end of this article for a website that offers and sells this style and all of the other aftermarket door styles.
Butterfly and Vertical Doors
These can also be called dihedral doors. These are very similar to scissor or lambo doors, but they tilt in towards the middle of car as they are raised. These are found on the McLaren F1. These doors are very popular and are available for any car as an aftermarket vertical door conversion kit. View the link at the end of this article for a website that offers and sells this style and all of the other aftermarket door styles.
The main characteristic that separates these aftermarket door hinges from others is that they are bolted onto the top of the car (roof) rather than the front-facing edge of the door. These have been around for quite a while, and they were first introduced through Mercedes-Benz’s 300SL in the 1950’s. They were also OEM parts for the Bricklin SV-1 ad the De Lorean DMC-12. These are less common to find as aftermarket car door hinges, but they are there. View the link at the end of this article for a website that offers and sells this style and all of the other aftermarket door styles.
The Suicide door is very similar to a typical OEM door hinges, and is quite different from other aftermarket car door hinges. Suicide door hinges are installed on the back-side of the door. This means that the door is opened in the opposite direction as a typical OEM door would. These doors are very common in older classic cars. They are too found in the aftermarket industry. They are sold as a universal hinges and as a model specific item. View the link at the end of this article for a website that offers and sells this style and all of the other aftermarket door styles.
Where to buy your aftermarket car door conversion hinge kits:
lambo doors kit