If you haven’t noticed them more and more, then you must not be paying attention. Vertical doors (or Lambo doors) are starting to creep out of the realm of exclusivity and find their way to the mainstream. No longer are just the spoiled little rich kids the ones having all the fun on the block. With the help of some advanced designing and greater resource outreach, Lambo doors are now available to the masses, giving the “everyman” a chance to customize with this pinnacle of automotive passion. Maybe you’ve pondered what it would be like to snap vertical doors onto your vehicle but always figured it was just too much of an investment. Or perhaps you were scared off by the thought of an invasive installation process. Times have changed, and with that, technical limitations have now been rendered extinct. Just about every type of make and model is now a candidate for this explosive makeover. Let’s delve in and take a quick peek at Lambo doors to see if they’re right for you!
Stemming from a design spawned about four decades ago by Italian automotive innovator Marcello Gandini, vertical doors have been synonymous with Lamborghini ever since. The Lamborghini Countach was the first model available to purchase with vertical doors. Obviously, various other models from Lamborghini have since featured this marvel, thus branding the name “Lambo doors.” This is important for their context with being a supreme luxury trait. After all, Lamborghini is part and parcel with high-performance, power, wealth, and status. Forget the sleek, low-slung body designs and the turbocharged power the cars have been known for. It’s those Lambo doors that most found to be overwhelming. Soon after, mechanics and car enthusiasts began to find ways to try to mimic this appeal, bringing forth the customizing process that led us where we are today.
Installation techniques have changed over the years. Inserting Lambo doors used to be a major project. It meant taking the car to a specialized auto shop where if you were lucky, one of the mechanics on staff was obscure enough to have an inkling of what to do. There would be cutting. Drilling. Sanding. Just about everything that goes into creating Frankenstein or maybe some Beverly Hills plastic surgery victim. It would also take time. Maybe weeks. And it would be very, very expensive. Of course, if you drove anything other than a marquee car or truck, you weren’t even a candidate back then. The best that you could hope for was to re-work the hinges yourself if you were savvy enough, and try to piece your own kit together by collecting a myriad of parts wherever you could scrounge them. Illogical for most, but certainly attempted by many. Those days have thankfully come to an end.
Universal & Direct Bolt-On
Most cars on the road are now eligible for a real-life Lambo door conversion that will supply a concise fitment. This is in large part due to the company Vertical Doors, Inc. Vertical Doors, Inc.’s reason for existence is not only providing Lambo door kits, but also in engineering the kits for every new model that comes out, just in case people catch on. It is an involved process that requires meticulously detailing the layout of the rails, fenders, and hinges. Consequently, VDI has to take into account other variables that we as regular drivers take for granted, such as weight of the door and the trajectory in which it would lift up in the air in relationship to the vehicle’s body style. The one redeeming ideal that comes back to the consumer? They fit on approximately fifty million times more vehicles than those whom were around yesteryear could have ever imagined. Okay, perhaps that is hyperbole. But universal Lambo door kits have made what was once thought of as inaccessible into an exciting possibility that has jump started the hopes for many a custom fiend.
Direct Bolt-On installation is basically what has changed the game into what it is now. Direct Bolt-On is designed to be a uniform way to install vertical doors onto any model, delivering a perfect fit. Drivers do not have to cut or weld and get all immersed in a comprehensive auto project. While it won’t take fifteen minutes most likely, at the same time, the lack of real “labor” when it comes to installing the kit is a dream come true for so many who in the past, might have been apprehensive due to the daunting task Lambo doors used to present. One of the more popular characteristics of Direct Bolt-On is that it is reversible, meaning it doesn’t forever change the complexion of your automobile unless you want it to (which of course, most do). But it is an added bonus of sorts because it does allow a little breathing room, not to mention it can be uninstalled quite easily should you decide to sell your rig in the future.
Same Ride, Different Style
If you ever bother to pick up an issue of any of the current automotive restyling periodicals and you see a picture of a car geared up with vertical doors, it is usually some kind of iconographic custom project that is colorful, technologically-advanced, and fit with more trimmings than the Christmas tree outside the White House. These images perpetuate the old feeling that Lambo doors are for the “hardcore” only, when that simply is no longer true. Lambo doors are for everyone. And the sooner you realize that, the more enthused you’ll be when digging deeper into the possibility of joining the movement. It truly is a unique effect when you see someone slipping out of their ride and then abruptly heave their door towards the sky.