Among all of the theatrical pieces of car design attempted by carmakers over the years, the gullwing door has to be one of the greatest. When opening or closing normally, the car door fades into a car’s design but get it raising upwards while taking part of the roof with it, and it becomes a futuristic design piece.

Many carmakers have attempted to redesign the car door over the years; McLaren with their dihedral efforts, Lamborghini with their scissor attempt and even BMW gave it a go with the vertical reclining doors found in the Z1.

Despite all these attempts, the gullwing door has always been unique; something of a design statement with science fiction looks that can give a car a certain cool factor regardless of whether it’s practical or any good. Take the DeLorean DMC-12 for example. A terribly wretched thing to drive with barely enough power to move around. Add a set of gullwing doors to its design, and a starring role in certain time travel films followed and hey presto instant cult status achieved. After all, if the DeLorean had regular doors, would it have been so well remembered?

The DMC-12 was not the only car to be bestowed with such great door design. As many other carmakers have tried to make the act of getting in and out of a car a thing of future tech.

Here are our choices for what we think are the greatest cars ever made with gullwing doors.