Why don't they make four-door convertibles anymore? Because the roof mechanism would just be too darn big, that's why. But there's at least one company out to change that. And, of course, they're Dutch.

That outfit is Savage Rivale, the braintrust behind the Roadyacht GTS. Rather than a wafting parade car like the Chrysler Phaetons of yore, the Savage Rivale Roadyacht GTS is more like a four-door Lamborghini Gallardo. With a retracting hard top.

The vehicle is still in the development phase, with the (fixed-roof) race version set to debut next month at the Top Marques show in Monaco. But in the meantime, the Dutch firm has released an animated clip of the Retractable Telescopic Multi Panel (RTMP) roof mechanism it has developed for the Roadyacht with Inalfa Roof Systems.

The mechanism is based around a retractable arm that deploys with the glass panels and then forms the backbone for the structure once in place, with locking mechanisms in the C pillars. It's about as thorough a rethink of the folding roof as the one former Pininfarina designer Leonardo Fioravanti created for the Ferrari 575 Superamerica (and later adapted for the Renault Wind and Ferrari 458 Spider), but it's a little hard to imagine, so we'll let the video clip after the jump speak for itself.



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      Michael
      • 2 Years Ago
      Wow changing light bulbs just got easier in my garage! Built in ladder!
      Andre Neves
      • 2 Years Ago
      Overcomplicating something that doesn't need to be.
      Jazz
      • 2 Years Ago
      The perfect retractable top is currently on the rag top Mazda MX-5. Simple, quick, raised and lowered on the move.
        Jake
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Jazz
        Unfortunately, that design is limited to cars with small back windows.
      Justin
      • 2 Years Ago
      Pretty cool, but I'm thinking the rear passengers have about zero headroom (which...is sort of the point if you're bothering with 4 doors in the first place). The roofline of this car is pretty unique to this design. I'm also awaiting some wild decapitation video to hit YouTube.
      NYTechie
      • 2 Years Ago
      I'm sorry, but I'm skeptical that this will actually work. With computer animation, they can do show anything they want. "Our car doesn't need tires--watch it drive without tires!" "Our car can fly at Mach 1--watch it fly at Mach 1." Beyond that, it reminds me of the Pontiac G6 sunroof.
        Anthony Vangeli
        • 2 Years Ago
        @NYTechie
        Ah yes, in this photo from April of 2010, you see the same roof. http://www.v12-gt.com/var/v12gt/storage/images/galerie/galeries-photos/galeries-salons/top-marques-monaco-2010/top-marques-monaco-2010-savage-rivale-orange-3-4-arriere-gauche/49378-1-fre-FR/Top-Marques-Monaco-2010-Savage-Rivale-orange-3-4-arriere-gauche.jpg
        Anthony Vangeli
        • 2 Years Ago
        @NYTechie
        I thought that they have had it already in place in some of the prototype variants of past Savage Rivales, (unless they had normal convertible roofs, which makes me wonder why even bother with something like this unless it has clear advantages, like maybe that it adds a backbone to the vehicle, or something,) they just never showed it because they didn't have the patent at the time. Now that they do, they can show how it works.
      • 2 Years Ago
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      rkeeeballs
      • 2 Years Ago
      And ...another car most folks cannot afford !...BULL S*#T
      Shiftright
      • 2 Years Ago
      Transformers!...More than meets the eye!....Awesome though
      flychinook
      • 2 Years Ago
      Not much point to the rear doors, when you'll first have to decapitate your rear passengers for them to fit back there.
      Drive EV
      • 2 Years Ago
      As far as I know, the main reason why there are no four door convertible is because of side crash safety regulations. On a standard car, the side crash energy would have to be absorbed mostly by the B-Pillar which cannot really perform well without a roof to support it. The only existing four door convertible that I know of it the Jeep Wrangler and the main reason why it can pass the side crash tests is that it's body structure is high enough off the ground so that the underbody structure can absorb most of the crash energy instead of the B-Pillar.
      zcapitalism
      • 2 Years Ago
      looks like a 370 Z....I hate it.
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