2009 Glass Roof Mustang Debuts at Detroit Auto Show

By Mike Mello


I’m way into the 2009 Glass Roof Mustang. What can I say? It’s one of the coolest options to become available in a long time, partly because it feels like the kind of option we only used to see on concept cars.

It’s not a bubble top, of course, but it gives me that kind of wow feeling I remember experiencing when looking at vintage issues of Hot Rod that would sometimes feature futuristic automobiles with roofs made of glass. Today, many people complain because so many of the cool features showcased in concept cars never come to life. One company, maybe Infiniti, even ran some ads a few years ago that asked why we never got to see all these ultra modern features displayed year after year.

The 2009 Glass Roof Mustang just strikes me as fresh and fun looks like an awesome addition to the Mustang family. I want one. In dark blue. If you’re a Mustang nut, you’ll probably love it, and if you’ve never considered a Mustang, this might be the kind of unique feature that gets you over to a Ford dealer this summer and take one for a spin.

Concerned about getting too much sun? There’s a retractable interior ceiling shade and the glass is photo-sensitive so as to keep a limit on how many UV rays filter into the cabin. Ford says it has taken specific steps to control noise levels in the Glass Roof Mustang by adding a layer of vinyl to the glass to help maintain optimal acoustics. As one would expect, the optional glass roof is made of safety glass so that if it shatters in an accident, it doesn’t break into sharp, jagged pieces.

As a $1,995 option, it’s less expensive than a convertible. When you sit in the driver’s seat, you see a structural member at either end of the glass roof: one above the windshield and another between the roof and rear glass. The glass roof spans the entire width of the Mustang, unlike a regular sunroof. It might even be the outside appearance that I really think sets this car off. When you’re not used to seeing this much reflective surface on the roof of a car, it really grabs your attention since there’s no paint on the roof. This video shows a closer look inside and out:

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Author: Chris Haak

Chris is Autosavant's Managing Editor. He has a lifelong love of everything automotive, having grown up as the son of a car dealer. A married father of two sons, Chris is also in the process of indoctrinating them into the world of cars and trucks.

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  1. Neat, but I bet the amount of people who are willing to:

    1. Pay extra for the option
    2. Live with it every day

    is small.

  2. Mike,

    Nice reporting on this. This is the first place I have read that there is a sunshade. And that Ford will be using solar tint glass.

    Still, I think this car would get pretty hot inside with all that glass. Probably a neat option for northern states, but I can not see many being sold in Arizona.

    I’ll stick with my drop top Mustang.

  3. I think it’s slammin’. I don’t want a Mustang but I’d like to have this on a car that I want.

  4. Mark, thanks for the compliment.
    Yeah, I might be thinking about the northeastern U.S., where I am. I agree that it seems like it might get hot…I will definitely try to drive one this summer.

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