I'm trying to decide what sort of custom door handle solution I want to employ on the '56 Olds. The rear door is oddly easier, but the front is more complicated. Here is a video I did on the subject.
Right now the top 3 options I've found are:
Lincoln Door Buttons:
Pros: Era correct, simple install as has same push operation as original
Cons: $220+ per set.
NA Miata handles:
Pros: cheap ($100/set, less if I do some scrounging or junkyarding)
Cons: Not era correct (though looks ok), integrated door lock, pull operation requires more effort to make work
Fiat Barchetta handles:
Pros: looks good, very cool operation (push button and handle pops out, pull handle to open door).
Cons: not era correct (but cool looking), pull operation requires more effort to make work, complex and possibly expensive to acquire in the US (only sold in Europe/UK/Japan).
Anyone have an other idea for something that looks reasonably era-correct to the late 50s? I don't want electric poppers for reliability reasons.