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The handle

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Chances are you have no idea what the handle on your car looks like. Just like me.

It all started with an innocent walk with my wife on a beautiful sunny Saturday afternoon. It was a crowded street fair and everyone there had a single goal. To have fun.

I, on the other hand, while wishing the same thing, can easily get distracted, (like the film "Regrets" at by Steve Delahoye) and fell into that state of mind the instant my wife stepped into a shoe store and I was left on the sidewalk bench in front of the store, sitting next to the other two knuckelheads (and their dog) waiting for their wives.

I don't really mind this because I have found that nothing can bore me as long as I have cars to look at. In any way shape or form. When I eat at an outdoor cafe, I find the table that faces the traffic. When I sit by a window, I look for the cars that drive by. And, I don't really care what cars drive by. They are all interesting in some way. Even the ones are are falling apart.

The trouble all started when a woman drove up and double parked directly in front of my "path". The words in my head switch from, "oh shit, look at that kick-ass 2008 M3" to "holy crap, WTF, i can't see shit now".

But, instantly, I notice the car door handle on her Honda Element and once she drove off, I start looking at all the other handles that drove by.

I started looking at the depth and variety thinking it would not be long until I got bored with that, and looked for something new. There can't be that many handles I thought.

Wow was I wrong. I now had a new task. A goal, a duty if you will.

Below is the start of what is sure to kill a hugely large amount of my attention and time. here we go...

acura zdx handle 11

2011 Acura ZDX door handle.

handle acura tl 06

2006 Acura TL.

handle acura tsx 05

2005 Acura TSX.

alfa romeo g super pickup handle 67

1967 Alfa Romeo G Super Pick-up door handle.

amc gremlin door handle 73

1973 AMC Gremlin door handle.

amc rebel machine handle 70

1970 AMC Rebel "The Machine" door handle.

handle aston martin db7 vantage 00

2000 Aston Martin DB7 Vantage convertible.

audi a6 hybrid dorr handle 11

2012 Audi A6 Hybrid door handle.

audi a8l door handle 11

2011 Audi A8L door handle.

handle audi q7 3 8 07

2007 Audi Q7 3.2.

handle audi tt coupe 05

2005 Audi TT Coupe.

handle audi s4 05

2005 Audi S4.

handle audi a4 2 8

2003 Audi A4 2.8.

ausa ptv 400 luxe 60 handle

1960 Automoviles Utilitarios SA PTV 400 Luxe door handle.

uasa ptv 250 handle

1959 Automoviles Utilitarios S.A. PTV 250 door handle.

bmw 550i xdrive door handle 13

2013 BMW 550i xDrive Sedan door handle.

bmw concept 4 series coupe 12 13

2012 BMW Concept 4 Series Coupe door handle.

bmw 328i xdrive sports wagon door handle 11
handle bmw 545i 07

2007 BMW 545i.

handle bmw x3 06

2006 BMW X3.

handle bmw 321i

BMW 321i.

handle bmw 330ci conv 05

2005 BMW 330c1 Convertible.

handle bmw 745li 04

2004 BMW 745Li.

bmw 1600 handle 71

1971 BMW 1600 handle.

handle bmw 000

BMW handle.

handle buick lasabre limited

Buick LaSabre Limited.

handle buick eight

Buick Eight.

handle cadillac eldorado

Cadillac ElDorado.

handle cadillac deville 92

1992 Cadillac Deville.

cadillac handle

Cadillac handle. (source: Prorallypix)

handle chevy lumina

Chevrolet Lumina.

handle chevy monte carlo lx flexfuel 07

Chevrolet Monte Carlo LX FlexFuel.

handle chevrolet corvette z06 06

2006 Chevrolet Corvette Z06.

handle chevy tahoe 06

2006 Chevrolet Tahoe.

handle chevy colorado

Chevrolet Colorado.

handle chevy cavalier

Chevrolet Cavalier.

chevrolet belair nomad door handle 57

1957 Chevrolet Belair Nomad door handle.

handle chrysler sebring touring

Chrysler Sebring Touring.

handle chrysler aspen limited 07

2007 Chrysler Aspen Limited.

chrysler imperial door handle 57

1957 Chrysler Imperial door handle.

handle daewo nubira

Daewo Nubira.

dodge viper srt10 coupe door handle 06

2006 Dodge Viper SRT-10 door handle.

dodge viper gts coupe door handle 00

2000 Dodge Viper GTS Coupe door handle.

dodge stratus

Dodge Stratus.

dodge caravan

Dodge Caravan.

dodge golden royal lancer 2 door hardtop handle 56

1956 Dodge Golden Royal Lancer 2-door hardtop door handle.

handle dodge coupe 38

1938 Dodge Coupe.

ferrari 550 maranello 00

2000 Ferrari 500 Maranello door handle.

handle ford explorer sport trac 07

2007 Ford Explorer Sport Trac.

handle ford edge limited 08

2008 Ford Edge Limited.

handle ford probe

Ford Probe.

handle ford mustang gt 07

2007 Ford Mustang GT.

handle ford mustang 02

2002 Ford Mustang.

handle ford taurus ses

Ford Taurus SES.

handle ford taurus se

Ford Taurus SE.

handle ford thunderbird 02

2002 Ford Thunderbirb.

handle ford explorer xlt

Ford Explorer XLT.

handle ford focus

Ford Focus.

handle ford f350

Ford F350 van.

handle ford econoline 250

Ford Econoline 250.

ford edsel corsair 2 door hardtop door handle 58

1958 Ford Edsel Corsair 2-door hardtop door-handle.

ford victoria custom deluxe door handle 51

1951 Ford Victoria Custom Deluxe door handle.

handle gmc yukon 04

2004 GMC Yukon.

franklin tudor sedan series9b door handle 20

1920 Franklin Tudor Sedan Series 9B door handle. ©cartype

handle honda accord 07

2007 Honda Accord.

handle honda crv

Honda CRV.

handle honda civic ex 2

Honda Civic EX.

handle honda civic ex

Honda Civic EX.

handle honda civic ex 1

Honda Civic EX.

honda odyssey

Honda Odyssey.

handle honda civic

Honda Civic.

handle honda element 07

2007 Honda Element.

hyundai tuscon door handle 10

2010 Hyundai Tuscon door handle.

hyundai elantra gls

Hyundai Elantra GLS.

hyundai sonata v6

Hyundai Sonata V6.

handle hyunai xg350l

Hyundai XG350L.

infiniti g35x 05

2005 Infinity G35x.

handle jaguar xk conv 07

2007 Jaguar XK convertible.

handle jaguar xkr conv 06

2006 Jaguar XKR convertible.

jaguar xjs

Jaguar XJS.

handle jeep libety limited 3 7 08

2008 Jeep Liberty Limited 3.7.

handle jeep wrangler sport 05

2005 Jeep Wrangler Sport.

handle kia rio

Kia Rio.

handle kia sorento ex 06

2006 Kia Sorento EX.

handle land rover range rover hse sport 07

2007 Land Rover Range Rover HSE Sport.

handle lexus rx330 06

2006 Lexus RX330.

handle lexus sc430 06

2006 Lexus SC430.

lexus es350 06

2006 Lexus ES350.

handle lexus gs300 05

2005 Lexus GS300.

handle lincoln continental

Lincoln Continental.

handle lincoln mark lt 08

2008 Lincoln Mark LT.

lincoln continental conv door handles 62

1962 Lincoln Continental Convertible door-handles.

lincoln capri 2 door hardtop door handle 55

1955 Lincoln Capri 2-door Hardtop door handle.

handle mazda mx5 miata 05

2005 Mazda MX5 Miata.

handle mazda rx8 05

2005 Mazda RX8.

handle mercedes benz c320 4 door sedan 03

2003 Mercedes-Benz C320 4-door sedan.

handle mercedes benz cls550 coupe 08

2008 Mercedes-Benz CLS550 Coupe.

handle mercedes s500

Mercedes-Benz S500.

handle merceds benz ml350 05

2005 Mercedes-Benz ML350.

handle mercedes benz g500 03

2003 Mercedes-Benz G500.

mercedes benz 300 slr uhlehhaut copue 55 door handle

1955 Mercedes-Benz 300 SLR Uhlehhaut Coupe door handle.

handle mercury grand marquis 08

2008 Mercury Grand Marquis.

mercury door hadle

Mercury door handle.

handle mini cooper s 07

2007 Mini Cooper S.

handle mitsubishi galant

Mitsubishi Galant.

handle mitsubishi diamante ls

Mitsubishi Diamante LS.

handle nissan altima

Nissan Altima.

handle nissan versa 06

2006 Nissan Versa.

handle nissan versa 07

2007 Nissan Versa.

handle nissan 350z 03

2003 Nissan 350z.

handle nissan quest

Nissan Quest.

nissan xterra 05

2005 Nissan Xterra.

handle nissan maxima

Nissan Maxima.

nsu ro80 door handle 69

1969 NSU RO80 door handle.

pontiac montana

Pontiac Montana.

pontiac bonneville

Pontiac Bonnevile.

pontiac tojan door handle

1986 Pontiac Tojan "Limited Edition" door handle.

olds 98 fiesta door handle 53

1953 Oldsmobile 98 Fiesta door handle.

handle porsche 911 997 carrera s cab 07

2007 Porsche 911/997 Carrera S Cabriolet.

handle porsche boxster s 08

2008 Porsche Boxster S.

handle porsche boxster 04

2004 Porsche Boxster.

handle porsche cayenne 05

2005 Porsche Cayenne.

porsche 911 993 twin turbo handle 97

1997 Porsche 911/993 Twin Turbo door handle.

porsche boxster 92 handle

1992 Porsche Boxster door handle.

porsche weissach 911sc door handle 80 lg

1980 Porsche Weissach 911SC door handle.

handle porsche 912

Porsche 912.

porsche 356b 200 gs carrera gt door handle 60
porsche type 64 39 08

1939 Porsche Type 64 door handle.

handle saab 92x 2 5i

Saab 92x 2.5i.

handle saab 93 2 0t

Saab 93 2.0T.

handle saab 900s

Saab 900s.

smart forvision door handle 11

2011 Smart Forvision door handle.

handle smart fortwo conv 08

208 Smart ForTwo Convertible.

handle studebaker champion

Studebaker Champion.

handle subaru outback 07

2007 Subaru Outback.

handle subaru impreza 05

2005 Subaru Impreza.

handle subaru forester 01

2001 Subaru Forester.



handle saturn ion

Saturn Ion.

handle scion xb 06

2006 Scion Xb.

seat ibe door handle 10

2010 Seat IBe door handle.

handle toyota 4runner

Toyota 4Runner.

handle toyota sienna le

Toyota Sienna LE.

handle toyota fj cruiser 07

2007 FJ Cruiser.

handle toyota camry le

Toyota Camry LE.

handle toyota corolla

Toyota Corolla.

handle vw golf

Volkswagen Golf.

handle vw betlw turbo 06

2006 Volkswagen Beetle Turbo.

handle vw eurovan 03

2003 Volkswagen Eurovan.

handle vw thing 74

1974 Volkswagen Thing.

handle vw type3 wagon 73

1973 Volkswagen Type 3 Wagon.

volvo you 11 11

2011 Volvo You door handles.

handle volvo xc90 t6 awd

2007 Volvo XC90 T6 AWD.

3572 days ago

Amazing how the Daewo looks just like the honda civic.

3569 days ago

I love the series of images. Very cool idea reminds me of Bernd and Hilla Becher's work from the 70' and 80's

3569 days ago

Love this post! I love the details in life that we take for granted. Usually they're so well designed that we never ask or wonder about them purely due to ease of use.

It's nice to stop and realize that they're serving a function, but more over their form that is so interesting.

kurtdaniel3477 days ago

Faulty door handles is really a pain in the neck. So it is necessary to do away with this easy damaged handles. This post have been so informative in its own little ways.

3394 days ago

Nice post,,i bet it took you a long time to gather this images..well im glad you made it... it made me want to install a vintage chrome car door handle in my car for a cool look.

SteffB3316 days ago

Fascinating! Now my question: Does anybody know what the two basic types of car door handles are called? The one that you grab from "above" and pull towards you, can be hinged or have a knob, either at the side or on the inside (see the Volvo handle above). And the other one where you grab from "below" and lift the handle (see Toyota corolla). Are there general terms for these two types?

Amit Aggarwal3267 days ago

first one is called 'Pull type outside door handle'
Second one is called 'Flap type outside door handle'

SY0-2013258 days ago

i like BMW2005 Handle lock, Its too cute. Also Really nice collection of these nice doors handle. Really Much appreciated.

Tashena Ellis3229 days ago

Do you know how I can get chrome put over my chrysler door handles?

Voytec3200 days ago

Wow, and I thought it was us who are mad about door handles! :D

Marcel3043 days ago

I'm missing the door handles from Alfa Romeo. If there is one brand that knows how to integrate door handles into the overal design it's Alfa. Especially with the 156 model that has a "hidden" door handle for the rear and a classic styled door handle for the front doors, so it looks like a classis/modern coupe instead of a sedan.
And the slightly older models have the handles integrated in the wedge that runs alongside the car.

Brian2976 days ago

The door handles ruin the Nissan 350Z. They look cheap and attract way too much attention to themselves.

2740 days ago

Where's the deLorean?

a gal from fl2669 days ago

This is wonderful! Sure, you can always add more, but the consistency of the photos....that is priceless. I mean really, you could collage these and you'd have instant art. Well, in my eyes anyway. Bravo.

cindy2640 days ago

They are in a good use,

robert2604 days ago

Fantastic study of a "necessary evil" blotch on otherwise sleek automotive designs. Thanks for the journey.

2273 days ago

@Jeff Gardner:

Here's the DeLorean flap-type handle.

tona2231 days ago

like back to future :) i like old handles

Adam1854 days ago

If you own an Acura TL and the door cap falls off, just like mine did, you are better off getting the part from an Acura dealership, or ordering it through them, and then putting it on yourself. I had mine fall off and got it replaced...twice...then said, screw it, I'm doing it myself. As long as the plastic part is the only part that came off, just pull on the handle, insert the rear part of the cap into the metal clip, then, while still having the handle pulled back all the way, push in the front of the door cap into the metal clip. Afterwards, make sure to hit it in with the palm of your hand to make sure it is in good and tight. The door cap comes with the plastic cap, and the metal clip that is most likely already screwed into the interior of the door, and for both pieces, which is almost unavoidable, costs about $21+shipping, handling, and tax. So replacing it due to someone else's negligence is just more cash out of your pocket, and time out of your day. To do it yourself takes not more than a minute once you have taken it out of the pack and separated the two parts that come with the cap.

Anne Lawrence1528 days ago

Wow, I had no idea car handles differed so much. Honestly, I thought they were all pretty much the same. What kind is your favorite?

Tasha166 days ago

My favourite type is the side flap ones, found on the original Land Rover Discovery :)



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