Time was that only the jet set could afford a car with space-age gullwing doors, but now door-lead design statements can be had for as little as £1000. Here are some of the best
1 - Delorean DMC-12 (1981-1982)
The sorry tale of the DeLorean DMC-12 is one of the best known in the modern motor industry. None of the complex politics, drugs, cash or Hollywood glitz should hide the fact that the car was as much a dynamic disappointment as it was a commercial one.
The technology was eye-catching, though. The brushed stainless steel exterior skin remains a style statement today, but what really made it stand out from the crowd was gullwing doors.
The Renault-derived engine was not butch enough to haul this stylish 1980s car around with any real urge, which was lucky, because the rear-engined configuration gave it tricky handling. It was built over such a short period that there was no time to develop the car or improve its build quality issues, either.
But popular culture has been kind to it and prices are strong; £18,000 may put you behind the wheel and £30,000 gets you the best.
2 - BMW Z1 (1986-1991)
The original BMW Z roadster is thought to have taken its name from its rear suspension: the first iteration of the firm’s multi-link rear ‘Z’ axle. However, the Z1’s doors are one of its most striking features, dropping down inside the sills.
The rest of the body is similarly space age, being a glassfibre shell based around a steel and carbonfibre monocoque. Beyond that, it used the engine and gearbox from the 325i. No bad thing, but it makes the 171bhp Z1 quick rather than devastatingly fast.