That porsche engined samba that was used on the gumball had a monitor that used a electric window mech to raise it from the cabinet.
Looks quite easy to do and cheap aswell if the bits are got from a scrappy.
Also look at "screw" systems..... using a shaft attached to an "all thread" bar and when it turns a nut attached moves up the shaft, brackets welded to nut allow attachment, A balance bar other side to keep movement parallel. ... seen this done on Custom cars to raise the rear window in Hot Rods.
Dead easy to control movement and range. simple arrangement with just a motor attached to the bar. no weight issues and not complex
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