This was the very first retractable metal roof ever constructed on a car. The dentist Georges Paulin did not have the money to construct it, but Marcel Pourtout was willing to do it for him on this Hotchkiss from a client. Paulin patented his invention in 1932.
This car was ment to be unveiled at the 1933 Salon de Paris, but for some reason it was never presented there. The roofsystem needed just 15 seconds to open or close.
The Parisian Peugeot concessionnaire Emile Darl'Mat showed interest and through him the system appeared at several Peugeots: models 301, 302, 401, 402 and 601.
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