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Monday, 10 December 2018 23:42

On the Lighter Side: 13 Car Features That No Longer Exist

Written by Kashyap Vyas, Interesting Engineering



3. Rear Hinged Doors


suicide doors web

Source: Herranderssvensson/Wikimedia Commons 


All the cars that we see today have doors hinged at its front. This was not the case some years back.


The doors were hinged at the rear part and opened in the opposite direction. There were quite some risk hazards to such a design which is why these type of doors were called suicide doors.


Also, the risk of falling out rear-hinged doors was much greater than front-hinged doors if any accidental opening happened.


4. Hardtop Convertibles


hardtop convertible web

 Source: Sicnag/Flickr


The hardtop convertibles, also known as “pillarless hardtops” became popular in the 1950s and faded off from the mid-1970s. The hardtop convertibles did not have central roof support and were less rigid.


It looked like a convertible and was a trend of the 1950’s cars. However, the pillarless look had a fair share of disadvantages that came with it. Without having a proper support at the center, the vehicle lacked protection against side-impact and rollover.


In addition, pillarless hardtops have less weatherstripping, which meant more possibility of leaks. Hardtop convertibles were thus phased out eventually.


The 1978 Chrysler Newport and New Yorker are considered to be the last of true Hardtop convertibles.


5. Full-Size Spare Tires


full size spare tire web

Source: ryan Harvey/Flickr


Until now, cars used to come with a full-size spare tire, a feature that every one of us would definitely want. But most car manufacturers now provide ‘limited use’ spare tires instead of full-size ones.


These limited use tires are also known as a donut, space saver or compact spare tires. Manufacturers claim that these limited use tires help them to reduce the total cost, save space and lower the weight of the vehicle compared to the full-size spare tires.


Surprisingly, spare tires are now replaced by tire inflator kits in a majority of the vehicles, which is capable to handle only specific types of tire damage. A full-size spare tire is indeed a necessary feature that needs to get back in our cars.

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