I read with interest your column in today’s paper. It had to do with car body pillars in general and door widths of coupes and convertibles in particular. Unfortunately, you didn’t provide the answer to my burning question: What was the widest door ever built on a production car? Maybe limit your response to cars that came with insert rod bearings rather than cast babbit bearings so that the possibility of my encountering the car in question during my travels could be plausible. Somewhere I got the impression that it was on the Lincoln Town Car of the mid-1980s at 57." Could you confirm, deny, correct, and of course, comment, please? My desire to know is based on riding my bicycle next to cars parked along traffic lanes. How far out from the edge of the parked car should I ride if I don’t want to be “doored” by a motorist who opens his door without checking?
Thank you for your concern with my continued well-being.