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ModdedMustangs is hypothesizing that Ford may be considering offering a retractable hardtop option for the 2009 Mustang. The site's reasoning is pretty thin, based mostly on the fact that there are retractable hardtop kits available for the Mustang currently and that engineering expertise for such a project could be culled from the recently unveiled Focus Coupe Cabriolet for Europe.

The most convincing piece of evidence of is a pair of videos posted on various Mustang message boards of a Classic Design Concepts prototype 2006 Mustang Convertible with a retractable hardtop. CDC is the outfitter that produces the panoramic Glassback roof conversion for late model Mustangs in cooperation with Webasto. You can check out the video of the retractable hardtop going up here and going down here. The conversion apparently doesn't touch the trunk's cargo space, instead eliminating the back seat and making the Mustang convertible a true 2-seat roadster. CDC's website makes no mention of the availability of a retractable hardtop conversion, but the fact that a prototype exists says something.

In light of the speed at which Ford is moving to put the Shelby GT into production and the fact that it's working directly with Shelby Automobiles, Inc. to produce the vehicle, the idea Ford might partner with other small companies like CDC/Webasto to produce a Mustang hardtop convertible isn't that far fetched. You can bet we'll be seeking out CDC's display at SEMA this year hoping to see this car in person. Adding the retractable hardtop to the lineup would give Ford a dizzying array of Mustangs in its lineup. Considering the Mustang's impressive sales performance, that hardly seems like a bad thing.

[ModdedMustangs]


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      • 8 Years Ago
      That looks awesome, that's the only thing that was missing on a convertible Mustang. At leastt here in Brazil, the only thing preventing people from buying a convertible, beside the cost, is the fear of having the leather roof ripped off when leaving the car parked in the street.
      • 8 Years Ago
      I think Ford really has to make a move on this one, ragtops are really going way of the past. The fact Ford is redesigning the Mustang in 2009 anyways, it's a good opportunity to make a Bold Move.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Sorry but, over this Mustang, I would buy a Micra hardtop convertible:

      http://tinylink.com/?2RrpofvD8s

      I want mine in pink :-)
      • 8 Years Ago
      No need to outsource this; Ford can tap the employees who worked on the Volvo C70 and the Mazda MX-5CC. The more options the better. I expect an IRS option, hardtop convertable, a new 3.5L V6, and a few special editions (Boss, etc.) coupled with a refreshed design will keep the Mustang competitive during the launch of the Camaro. I would also highly suggest that the Ford engineers get cracking on their own version of Displacement On Demand for the V8. *Fingers crossed*
      • 8 Years Ago
      I like the idea a lot, but I don't like the look of this one closed at all. I was expecting it to have a squared roofline like the ragtop does, and I'd much rather loose a little trunk space than the back seat.

      It can be done better than this version I'm certain.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Ford should bring back Skyliner in semi-retro form, after all it is the "og" of hard top converables.

      My grandpa had 2
      • 8 Years Ago
      Its losing the rear seats that kills it for me. Not that I have any problem with 2-seaters. Quite the opposit. But if I were to get another two-seater, it would not be a Mustang.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Looks like Classic Design is trying to take credit for this Mustang hardtop design seeing that the Glassback roof has been a debacle.If your correct that Peter Muscat is designing this new hardtop for the Mustang then lookout cause this guy is truly one of the best designers in the auto business.I know for a fact he was behind alot ASC's convertibles back in the 80's and within the ASC circles he was Heinz Prechters ace in the hole. Keep us posted Justthefacts on the progress of this hardtop and where we can find more information on it.
      • 8 Years Ago
      A few things that are incorrect about this top. This is not a CDC top! This is a Peter Muscat design. Peter worked with Ford back in the 80's on the Asc/McClaren Capri/Mustang. He is making his triumphant return this fall with this top. Look for it in your local dealership under MSC Mustang..........
      • 8 Years Ago
      Al,

      If every other major manufacturer had a hard top convertible (which will soon be a reality), you would probably be on here bitching about how Ford is behind the times.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Hey, it takes up all the back seat space and it looks horrible too. What's not to love. Let's just let someone like Steve Saleen figure this one out instead.
      • 8 Years Ago
      That ain't bad. Not bad at all! Ford, you come up with about 25% better fuel efficiency on that lil' V8 of yours, and you've got a sale!