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Lincoln Continental suicide doors: A lot has changed since 1961

The doors are back, but their purpose is a lot different this time around

The doors are back, but their purpose is a lot different this time around.

Official
Lincoln Continental brings back suicide doors with Coach Door Edition

A 6-inch stretch and tons more luxury are baked into the large Lincoln

A 6-inch stretch and tons more luxury are baked into the large Lincoln.

Teased
Lincoln teases a new Continental with suicide doors

Could a throwback to the 1960s be coming for the Continental?

Could a throwback to the 1960s be coming for the Continental?

Report
Lincoln may add suicide doors to future Continental

A ploy to distinguish an attractive but struggling luxury sedan?

There's been plenty of uncertainty surrounding the future of the Lincoln Continental, revived only 18 months ago but struggling to move units as sedans submit subduction-style to the boom in crossovers. We recently shared a report that the Continental won't live to see another generation after selling just 18,846 units.

Spy Shots: Opel Meriva mule caught brandishing suicide doors

The Opel Meriva concept shown at last year's Geneva Motor Show had a nifty set of rear doors that employ that less-than-nifty epithet: suicide doors. According to all the spy shots that have surfaced, the production model won't exchange the concept's novelty for more sedate, rear-hinged doors at the rear.

Rolls on a roll: Phantom Coupe sold out already

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GM plans 'suicide-style' rear doors for future models

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Why no suicide doors on the Lincoln MKR?

Thanks to the 1961 Continental, one of the first things many car fans imagine when they hear "classic Lincoln" is suicide doors. Therefore it's only logical we'd come to expect them on any signature Lincoln show car. The 2002 Continental concept had them, and so did the 2003 Navicross concept. So why did Ford decide to leave them off the striking MKR concept? Automotive News quotes the MKR's exterior designer, Xitij Mistry, saying conventional doors were used on the concept because they're easie