Confuscius From United States of America, joined Aug 2001, 3999 posts, RR: 1 Posted (2 years 8 months 1 week 5 days 6 hours ago) and read 25592 times:
Let me preface this by saying that this topic was inspired by the "Leisure Suit" thread.
Vinyl roof and white sidewall tires, will they make a comeback? Don't know, but I hope the polyester leisure suit and bell-bottom pants don't!
In the '50s, the fin or wing was a popular style. The '70s and '80s, vinyl roof and the white sidewall tires were popular. Today, I can't think of any car model that have these as standard features.
Was the vinyl roof only a decorative feature or did it have a function like to protect the roof? You know, like a plastic carpet runner or plastic sofa cover to prevent wear and tear on carpet and sofa respectively.
srbmod From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 4, posted (2 years 8 months 1 week 5 days 5 hours ago) and read 25526 times:
Quoting Confuscius (Thread starter): Was the vinyl roof only a decorative feature or did it have a function like to protect the roof? You know, like a plastic carpet runner or plastic sofa cover to prevent wear and tear on carpet and sofa respectively.
Decorative feature designed to emulate the look of a convertible top and they were doing this even back in the 1920s to mimic the movable tops that horse drawn carriages and buggies had. The style went away during the 30s and 40s and reappeared in the 1950s. Back then, canvas was used and it wasn't until the late 50s that vinyl started being used. My dad had a 1972 Malibu with a red vinyl roof that eventually started to crack and peel away after about 15 years of being in the elements.
While it has gone out of style in the last 25-30 years, it was offered on the Lincoln Continental as a factory option until the model went of out production in 2002. I've seen aftermarket vinyl tops applied to Lincoln Town cars, Cadillacs and even Chrysler 300s. Stretch limos and hearses still make use of vinyl roofs because it is a classic look on those vehicles, but also for practical reasons, as they cover up the welds in the roofs of such vehicles.
Polot From United States of America, joined Jul 2011, 4308 posts, RR: 1
Reply 5, posted (2 years 8 months 1 week 5 days 4 hours ago) and read 25509 times:
Quoting Ken777 (Reply 1): The trend that is probably out permanently are the tail fins from the late 50's. Google 1959 Cadillac for a good indication. While they won't return I can see "hints " returning at some point.
Cadillac has slowly been putting hints of tailfins in their tail lights for a few years now. It is most noticeable in the CTS coupe and SRX, but you can kind of see it in the ATS.
I do not ever ever ever ever want to see a vinyl top ever again. My father thought it was a good idea to buy a Dodge Aspen. Our neighbors bought a Plymouth Volare. Green with white vinyl top. What were they thinking? I am scared for life!
Superfly From Thailand, joined May 2000, 40298 posts, RR: 73
Reply 9, posted (2 years 8 months 1 week 4 days 19 hours ago) and read 25362 times:
Happy Birthday Confuscious!
12 years of craziness!
The last car to feature factory vinyl top and white wall tires was the 1996 Cadillac Fleetwood Brougham.
Also the Buick Roadmaster and Buick Century sedan.
I'd like to see a return of the loose cushion, button down leather or velour seating surface. The brand new Bentley is hinting at that but not to the extent it was done in the past. The last car to offer these plush seats was the 1994 Chrysler Lebaron Landau sedan.
1974 Imperial Lebaron sedan.
This is from a 1974 Cadillac Fleetwood Brougham.
Ford needs to whip out the belt again for the trunk.
This 1977-1979 Ford Thunderbird had a unique landau and separated vinyl top.
Considering that not every Mustang is a performance car, I didn't mind seeing a more dressed up, formal looking Mustang as an option. I do like the formal, K-caresque look of the 1983 Ford Mustang convertible.
For the classic ea of Mustangs, I prefer the Mercury Cougar XR-7 convertible.
Here is a better image of the Ford Mustang II Ghia.
Ford really dressed up the Ghia edition and has the potential to be a ballsy performer with the available 5.0 liter V8.
Of course a few tweaks would be required to get it to go.
Quoting seb146 (Reply 7): I do not ever ever ever ever want to see a vinyl top ever again.
Wood paneling I don't mind.
This 1974 Mercury Colony Park station wagon featured vinyl top AND wood paneling as well as concealed headlights.
This 1970 Ford Torino Squire wagon featured vinyl top, wood paneling AND muscle!
Quoting srbmod (Reply 4): Decorative feature designed to emulate the look of a convertible top and they were doing this even back in the 1920s to mimic the movable tops that horse drawn carriages and buggies had.
A carriage top is a little bit different than a vinyl top.
Here is a carriage top on the Bill Blass Edition Lincoln Mark V for the 1977-1979 model year.
Notice the ridges in the top.
Same car with vinyl top, not carriage top.
Here is a carriage top offered for the 1980 Mustang.
I found a better photo. This is how they looked from 1987-1990.
Although it was the same car from 1977-1990, there were a few minor cosmetic changes thought those years. My favorite being the final 4 years of this design.
The more formal Oldsmobile Ninety Eight Regency Brougham that lasted until 1984.
Quoting Braniff747SP (Reply 6): Have you seen the new line of GM trucks? The amount of chrome on the thing is incredible.
That's fake chrome, not real chrome.
I look forward to the day that the 'hybrid' hype is outdated.
Aesma From Reunion, joined Nov 2009, 8734 posts, RR: 15
Reply 13, posted (2 years 8 months 1 week 4 days 15 hours ago) and read 25263 times:
If you can get a stiffer car with less weight then a T-top isn't a bad idea I would think, although my favorite light is right car doesn't employ one when the roof is removed, apparently the chassis is stiff enough :
New Technology is the name we give to stuff that doesn't work yet. Douglas Adams
KiwiRob From New Zealand, joined Jun 2005, 10087 posts, RR: 14
Reply 14, posted (2 years 8 months 1 week 4 days 13 hours ago) and read 25242 times:
Quoting Aesma (Reply 13): If you can get a stiffer car with less weight then a T-top isn't a bad idea I would think, although my favorite light is right car doesn't employ one when the roof is removed, apparently the chassis is stiff enough :
But you have to buy the targa top version, you can't remove the roof from the standard Exige, I've always wondered why you couldn't especially with the Mk 1 version which was just a panel. I would love one, it's a bad arse car
moose135 From United States of America, joined Oct 2004, 2896 posts, RR: 19
Reply 20, posted (2 years 8 months 1 week 4 days 8 hours ago) and read 25075 times:
Quoting SmittyOne (Reply 18): I think the idea of the louvers must have been to deflect some of the sunlight beating down on that large horizontal surface created by the shape of the window in the days before tinting.
Exactly - on a hatchback, you had a large, sloped, rear window and the louvers helped keep the car cooler.
I've never liked partially-covered wheels. I really wouldn't want to see that returning. I know that some cars have it probably as an efficiency thing (eh Honda Insight) - but purely for styling, it's nasty.
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