One of the key differentiating features of Rolls Royce’s current lineup is the application of reversed-hinged, or more colloquially called “suicide” doors. Now, there are in fact a lot of vehicles with such doors, however almost all of those presently on the road are trucks – the Saturn Ion and Mazda RX-8 having long gone out of production. And even when they were being sold by the dozens, they, like others and the current pickup trucks, featured half doors, which I don’t think really even count.
No, if you’re are going to commit to suicide doors – this is National Suicide Prevention Month so we need to be cognizant of how we joke about such things – you’re going to want to go all the way. Rolls Royce does so, and the last American production cars so equipped were the 1969 Lincoln Continental and Ford Thunderbird. Before that the form was a feature of everything from the First Ford V8 to the Fiat 500.
Why did they all fall from favor? Well, consider that name for a moment. The rear-hinged doors allowed a door accidentally opened into traffic to be slammed back against an exiting passenger, while a forward-hinged one would simply be knocked into the front fender. It makes sense, as well as better egress to the back seats. Still there’s a certain sense of romance surrounding the suicide door, which is why Rolls sees fit to build cars with them. Do they still hold an equitable sense of mystery and adventure? What do you think about suicide doors, are they Brah! or Blah?