Last night I was catching up on a series called The Man in the High Castle on Amazon prime. It is a dystopian, "what if the Nazis had won the war?" story, and a generally good watch except that a couple of characters tend to go off into confusing alternate universe tangents. I think I need to order the book.
During a scene filled with well-off Nazi Berliners, a pretty blonde drove away in a yellow two-seater convertible I didn't recognize. I confess it gave me some serious girl wood, especially as I was fascinated by the pocket doors. I'd never seen a car with pocket doors before.
I surfed around and eventually identified the car as a 1954 Kaiser Darrin. Here are a couple of photos:
Some background on the car:
"The Kaiser-Darrin was America’s first production fiberglass sports car, with its prototype built before the Corvette, although production did not begin until 1954. It was powered by the reliable Willys six-cylinder engine, and its design became a legend of 1950s motoring, with sweeping front fenders that plunged behind the doors into a “Darrin dip,” a split windshield, and a distinctive “rosebud” grille, which, it was commented, always looked like it wanted to give someone a kiss. Most fascinating of all were Darrin’s beloved “pocket” doors, which slid forward into the front fenders to permit entry and exit. Darrin promoted sliding doors for decades, claiming that they were a very safe alternative as they did not open into traffic."
Only 435 were produced as, alas, it couldn't compete with other imported roadsters. It was considered underpowered and too expensive for most.
Perhaps one of these will be my next car when I have about $160k spare lying around.