How Many of These Obscure Gullwing Cars Do You Know?

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Why would anyone want normally opening doors when doors that open up are an option? Gullwing portals certainly aren’t anything new, though you can find them on some newer releases – Tesla’s Model X (yes, we know they’re technically “falcon doors”) or Pagani’s Huyara, for example. But there used to be so many more. Sure, we’re all well acquainted with the Mercedes-Benz 300SL, arguably the most beautiful coupe to ever spread its wings, and the likes of the DMC DeLorean, but there are a wealth of other cars that also eschewed horizontal openings. How many of these more esoteric gulled machines are you familiar with?


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Fewer than 5,000 of these Japanese kei cars were made, and fewer exist today. Purposefully built to get around Japanese tax regulations, a kei car cannot be longer than 126 inches or have an engine capacity greater than 660cc (in the Nineties), and the Autozam AZ-1 ticks those boxes, thanks to a 657cc inline-3 with a turbocharger. Designed by Suzuki, production was actually taken over by Mazda’s Autozam arm, although about 530 models were actually sold under the Suzuki Cara. When production time came, the AZ-1 was only available in two colors, Siberia Blue and Classic Red, and it was never intended to be sold outside of Japan. Despite the wings, the AZ-1 couldn’t fly. With just 63 horses under the hood, it took the Autozam AZ-1 a full 10.5 to hit 60.

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