Doors. In their simplest form, mere hinged slabs that open to allow things inside to escape outside. They also close to keep out the likes of wind, rain and verbal abuse.
But when attached to cars, doors have the potential to become a piece of theatre.
As ambitious car designers have long known, the novel placement of hinges offers an infinitum of door possibilities. They can rise to the heavens, hide under side sills, or even open backwards.
And with Elon Musk equipping his Model X with double-hinged ‘Falcon Wings’ – rear doors that unfurl upwards to allow children to easily dispense their lunch onto the pavement after experiencing the monstrous shove of the 762bhp electric SUV – we’ve rounded up some of the best apertures to have graced the sides of the motorcars through the ages.
From suicide doors to dihedral synchro-helix actuated doors, and everything in between, click through Top Gear’s selection of the ultimate automotive apertures, and tell us your favourite below.