Door Rub Strips
Door rub strips were a common feature in classic cars, especially in the 1960s and ’70s. They were strips of plastic or metal located along the edges of the car doors, designed to protect the car’s paint from scratches and dents caused by opening and closing the doors. Door rub strips were often made in contrasting colors to the car’s body paint, creating a visual accent that added to the car’s overall design (via Car & Driver).
While they were effective at protecting the car’s paint, door rub strips could be prone to damage and wear over time. They could become dislodged or damaged during rough handling or car washes, which could make them less effective at protecting the car’s doors.