Thunderbird Retractable Roof System Concept
February 25, 2003

Valmet Automotive presents the Thunderbird Retractable Glass Roof Concept Car
Valmet Automotive presents at the Geneva Motor Show a new retractable concept car with glass roof. The Thunderbird Retractable Glass Roof has a
fully automatic retractable roof with two glass panels. The structural parts of the panels are made of sheet metal and fully lined inside. The concept
provides two models in one, top down a traditional convertible without restrictions and top up a hard top.

The fully automatic roof mechanism is robust and simple. The roof is operated by an electro-hydraulic actuation system. The roof folds smoothly into a compact package behind the seats. The automatically operated hard tonneau cover conceals the roof completely.

The Thunderbird Retractable Glass Roof concept car provides new unique features for customers. The retractable roof is neatly stowed in the space between the trunk and the seats and the tonneau cover is completely separate from the trunk lid. Due to smart packaging of the roof the size and shape of the trunk is not compromised and even the trunk lid is the same as on the original Ford Thunderbird.

The Thunderbird Retractable Glass Roof concept has been developed and manufactured in the Technical Center of Valmet Automotive in Uusikaupunki, Finland. The concept car is a unique car representing the specialty vehicle know-how of Valmet Automotive.