Center-Opening Doors Are Back - Starting With This Lincoln Continental

Can't stretch to a Rolls-Royce? Lincoln puts its doors on backwards, too...

2y ago

After plenty of teasers, Lincoln has finally pulled the wraps off this beauty. The Lincoln Continental 80th Anniversary Coach Door Edition is one hell of a mouthful, but that’s not exactly why you’re reading about it. The center-opening doors are said to pay homage to the style of the 1960s, when America was filled with proper land yachts with sixteen foot-long hoods and fins pointier than some knives.

When Lincoln unveiled the Continental, the suicide doors grabbed the attention. “Notice the doors,” said the advertisement. “And notice how they open. From the center, to make everyone’s entrances graceful.”

Nowadays, luxury goes further than some doors that open backwards. This limited-edition Continental not only features Lincoln’s Black Label interior, but “uniquely tailored rear-seat amenities” too. Tell me what that means in English, you say. You’ll get a pass-through console, a tablet holder and a wireless charging pad, in addition to the Active Noise Control, head-up display and Revel Ultima Audio package.

The Black Label, er, label gets you a load of membership privileges on top, including yearly detailing visits, car washes any time you damn well like and even access to high-end restaurants with chefs who’ll cater to your specific requests.

To celebrate the Continental’s 80th anniversary, just 80 of these special edition cars will be produced in the 2019 model year. If you miss out on those, Lincoln won’t need much arm-twisting to produce a few more for 2020.

“The center-opening doors became synonymous with the Lincoln Continental, even though they were only featured primarily in the ‘60s,” says David Woodhouse, Lincoln’s head designer. “But they struck such a chord that they’re still remembered so fondly today.

“It was truly a watershed moment for us in terms of iconic design,” he adds.

Want to arrive everywhere in style? Head to a Lincoln Black Label dealer to order the Continental 80th Anniversary Coach Door Edition, and it’s set to arrive next summer.

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Comments (16)

  • A clumsy explanation here. I think it’s derived from the idea that if the car moves forward, with the front passanger outside the body, then they can escape without harm as the door is in front of them. Rear passengers are impacted at their back with less time to get clear of the door, as it’s behind them and will tend to hit them unless you stand clear. Suicide.

    Unless my eyes deceive me, take a look at the width of the opening when both doors are open in the first side shot. I might be wrong but accessibility and that sense of where you are compared to another person around you would probably suggest that it’s one person at a time entering or alighting. Hard to judge scale here but your average person might feel more comfortable entering with one door, one person, at a time. I could be wrong though. Nice idea.

      2 years ago
  • "Suicide doors" is bizarre slang. I'm not sure where that originated but cars have had doors open in all sorts of directions.

    Lincoln may be stretching it a bit referencing a '60's Lincoln Continental. This is a modern car so I'm guessing there's going to all sorts of "safety" factored in.

    But that's not really the point. We have two American luxury car brands and both of them are trying to find a market. I think Lincoln is onto something with the Continental.

      2 years ago
  • they're called suicide doors, pal

      2 years ago
    • I think they’re called a load of different things as well, like suicide doors and coach doors. All three are mentioned throughout the article 😊

        2 years ago
  • Question is, will they have a button to close them or will one have to reach way out to grab the handle.

      2 years ago
  • Suicide doors, not sure they were ever a great idea.

      2 years ago
    • They’re meant to be way more elegant apparently, but I feel the name could be better...

        2 years ago
    • It was the first thing I thought when I saw them. It might be a generational thing, younger people might not have that association.

        2 years ago