One difference is that with body-on-frame construction it is simple to make
the non-structural body panels out of lightweight materials (aluminum,
fiberglass, fabric, wood), so it wasn't "exotic" in the sports car world, at
least. The unit-body B probably needed the doors for stiffness -- but the
real reason is that the wind-up windows required a thicker, heavier, more
complex door structure. The trunk lid is also more complex, and a tough fit
-- IME with the steel one, an aluminum one wouldn't stand a chance in
day-to-day use. Even the B's aluminum bonnet proved unsuccessful in the long
run (too large, caught too much wind, not stiff enough, not robust enough to
anchor the safety catch).
on 2/12/02 5:25 PM, Dan DiBiase at firstname.lastname@example.org wrote:
> This was a good day, then, as I learned something I didn't know! Was that
> considered fairly exotic back then? Wonder how come they used only the
> aluminium bonnet for the B?
> --- "Kai M. Radicke" <email@example.com> wrote:
>>> A's have aluminum doors??
>> Aluminium doors, bonnets and boot lids...
> Dan DiBiase
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