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Convertible having a top storable underneath a plane of a top cover

Imported: 24 Feb '17 | Published: 06 Jan '04

Reinhard Quindt

USPTO - Utility Patents

Abstract

A convertible has a top storable in the rear of the convertible when the top is open. A top cover is provided and the top is stored underneath the top cover when open. The top cover is movable for releasing a passageway for the top via which the top is moved for storing the top and for returning the top from the open position into the closed position. An extension member is pivotably connected to the top cover. In the open position of the top, the extension member is positioned substantially in front of the top cover, when viewed in the travel direction of the convertible. The extension member is pivotable relative to the top cover such that the extension member, when the top is closed, is positioned in a stored position at substantially a right angle to the top cover underneath the top cover.

Description

BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF DRAWINGS

FIG. 1 shows schematically a convertible embodied as a pickup truck in a broken-off view from the rear at an angle, showing the top cover in the open position and the extension member in the extended position.

FIG. 2 is a side view of the vehicle according to FIG. 1, showing the top cover in the open position and the extension member positioned substantially perpendicularly relative to the top cover.

FIG. 3 is a view similar to FIG. 2 showing the top in the closed position and the top cover in the closed position.

FIG. 4 shows the top cover and the extension member, aligned with top cover, in the extended position and the top in the open position in a view at an angle from above.

Claims

1. A convertible (

1) comprising:

2. The convertible according to claim 1, comprising a multiple joint arrangement (

10) connected to a rearward end of the top cover (

5) and configured to pivot the top cover (

5).

3. The convertible according to claim 2, comprising at least one second drive member (

13) connected with a first end to a car body of the convertible, wherein the multiple joint arrangement (

10) has links (

11,

12) having a gooseneck shape and connected to a second end of the at least one second drive member (

13).

4. The convertible according to claim 1, wherein, in a first movement phase of pivoting the top cover (

5) into the open position for releasing the passageway opening, the relative angle () between the top cover (

5) and the extension member (

7) is almost or completely unchanged relative to the stored position of the extension member (

7).

5. The convertible according to claim 1, wherein a rearward part of the top (

2) comprising a rear window has a rearward edge (

16) and wherein the top cover (

5) has a forward edge area (

17), wherein the rearward edge (

16), in the closed position of the top (

2), is engaged from above, at least over portions thereof, by the forward edge area (

17) of the top cover (

5), wherein the top cover (

5) is configured to open when the top (

2) is in the closed position.

6. The convertible according to claim 1, comprising a pivot hinge having a pivot axis (

8) and connected to the extension member (

7) and the top cover (

5), wherein the pivot hinge is configured to pivot the extension member (

7) relative to the top cover (

5) about the pivot axis (

8).

7. A convertible comprising:

8. A convertible comprising:

9. The convertible according to claim 8, wherein the covering parts (

14) are pivotable about horizontal axes (

15) extending parallel to a longitudinal direction of the convertible and, when the top cover (

5) is closed, are positioned vertically or slantedly upright and visually shield the linkage parts (

6) relative to the interior of the convertible.

10. The convertible according to claim 8, wherein the covering parts (

14) are positioned underneath the extension member (

7) when the top (

2) is in the open position.