The Lincoln Cosmopolitan featured a 4-speed manual transmission and a 5.5 liter V8 as well as an aerodynamic hood ornament, which really does not sound like much of a feature given the options available today. However, like the Continental of the 1960s, the Cosmopolitan featured suicide doors, which opened from the B-pillar. Lincoln sold this full-size sedan from 1949 to the early 1950s. The suicide doors are by far the most notable features on the Lincoln Cosmopolitan. A suicide door is a car door that is hinged on the trailing edge – the edge closer to the rear of the vehicle. The term reflects a perceived increased danger of the door falling open if it became unlatched while the car is moving. Because of the obviously negative connotations, the term is avoided in major automobile manufacturers’ promotional literature, although it is familiar to many English-speakers and often used openly in the custom-car trade. The door arrangement also instills other negative perceptions.
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While the vehicle is parked, such a door would hide an entering or exiting passenger from the view of passing cars. The result of the door being hit by another vehicle would likely be more catastrophic, since the door would be slammed shut onto the passenger, even if merely nicked on the outside edge.In contrast, a door hinged at the front would be pushed away from the passenger and possibly torn off entirely. The most well known use of suicide doors on post-World War II automobiles was the enchanting Lincoln Continental sedan from 1961 through 1969, and on the unique Lincoln Continental four-door convertible from 1961 through 1967. Since the four-door Lincoln convertible did not have a center B-pillar, the rear door glass was designed to electrically retract a few inches when the rear doors were opened in order for the weather stripping to clear the front door glass. This meant that if the battery was dead, the only way out of the back seat was to crawl over the front seat. For various obvious reasons, suicide doors are not offered on models today. Go to our easy to use car shipping cost calculator on this page and learn more about the Lincoln Cosmopolitan.<< Back to Vehicle Index