1935 Peugeot 402 Éclipse Décapotable

Peugeot introduced the first production, power-operated retractable hardtop in 1935, the 402 Éclipse Décapotable, designed and patented by Georges Paulin. The French coachbuilder, Marcel Pourtout, custom-built other examples of Paulin’s designs on a larger Peugeot chassis as well. The first Eclipse 402s offered a power-retractable top, but in 1936 was replaced by a manually operated version on a stretched chassis, built in limited numbers until World War II. This is certainly the most collectible retractable hardtop automobile, but there are only 30 remaining. Expect to pay about $250,000 if well restored.

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