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Dura sliding door

13. Sliding doors
Sliding doors have taken a bad rap because they're a standard feature on dull-as-dishwater minivans. But not all sliding doors on automobiles are made to facilitate getting rugrats to school. In fact, quite a few 20th century models used sliding doors like the pocket doors found in houses, with doors that slid into the front or rear fenders. Production problems and safety concerns nixed most of those cars, but one day, someone's going to figure out how to do sliding doors right, and we plan to be there for the celebration.

15 styling cues for the ages gallery

What are these timeless styling cues, these elements that designers love to flaunt? We took an unofficial poll of the The Car Connection staff to come up with our own 15 faves.