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Yep. There were a lot of them and they always looked terrible. Never understood why that was popular. The "landau roof." My Dad had a couple off Cadillac's with that option in the '70s. It was just a thing back then. A weird thing.

I thought that the very last Coupe DeVille (early 1990s) was a decent looking Cadillac. But nearly every one I ever saw had this style of roof.
That's my dad yer talking about.:LOL:. He had a 1990 Eldo with the full vinyl roof and gold treatment.
 

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Owners were usually the lethargic country club set too ;).
My Dad was just an ordinary working guy. A manager at Fisher Body. We were basic, middle-class people. I remember when we'd go to look at the new Cadillacs each fall for an "invitation-only" unveiling. The dealers would have fancy finger foods and drinks set out. Dad ordered a new car every year, either a Coupe DeVille or an Eldorado. The half vinyl roof was a desirable option for some reason. It was the one to get over the basic metal roof.

Probably the dying days of mid-century modern, which featured some odd things. I remember our kitchen with pastel tiling, vinyl bench seats. Some furniture that looked like it would have fit well into the Jetson's living room. Even fake wood and vinyl interiors didn't have such a negative image back then.
 

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My Dad was just an ordinary working guy. A manager at Fisher Body. We were basic, middle-class people. I remember when we'd go to look at the new Cadillacs each fall for an "invitation-only" unveiling. The dealers would have fancy finger foods and drinks set out. Dad ordered a new car every year, either a Coupe DeVille or an Eldorado. The half vinyl roof was a desirable option for some reason. It was the one to get over the basic metal roof.

Probably the dying days of mid-century modern, which featured some odd things. I remember our kitchen with pastel tiling, vinyl bench seats. Some furniture that looked like it would have fit well into the Jetson's living room. Even fake wood and vinyl interiors didn't have such a negative image back then.
I remember those days back in the 70's and early 80's. My parents had two Coupe de Ville's and three Eldorado's during that period. All had the "obligatory" vinyl roof coming from the factory that way. A regular metal roof was available, but usually only showed up on a basic model like the Cadillac Calais. :)
 

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Damn that thing looks ghastly.. I'm blaming dealers for those.. The overdone fake convertible tops, which is distinct and separate from factory vinyl roofs.. Then you had odd aftermarket grilles, continental kits and other profanities.. Such indignities those cars suffered.. Should be illegal..
 

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Damn that thing looks ghastly.. I'm blaming dealers for those.. The overdone fake convertible tops, which is distinct and separate from factory vinyl roofs.. Then you had odd aftermarket grilles, continental kits and other profanities.. Such indignities those cars suffered.. Should be illegal..
...and yet, "there's an ass for every seat" as my Dad would occasionally say.:):Do_O
 

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These "Special Edition" Phaetons were offered by the factory!
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And, who can forget - or remember - the 69-70 "Mod Top" Plymouths and Dodges?
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1953 Kaiser Dragon with simulated alligator vinyl top...
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First (post war) vinyl top at Cadillac was on the Eldorado Seville when that body style started in '56. But they were never the padded variants the '70s had; right tight against the steel. Eldorado Seville '56-60, then the 'E' went to all convertibles until the '67 clean sheet car (which had the option again).

Not seeing a non-'E.S.' vinyl top until the '64 Series 60 Special.

At Pontiac- the first vinyl roof was '62. I remember looking at a derelict '62 Grand Prix at a gas station decades ago, and the white vinyl roof had peeled over & was draped off one side, like a bad toupe' in a stiff wind.
 

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Unfortunately you guys weren鈥檛 alone, re the vinyl aftermarket.
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Some of the worst atrocities were perpetrated here, typically by Ford Dealers:
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This dealer chose to defile the entire bootlid
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And yep it鈥檚 also the half roof
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This time on a sedan, and notice the vinyl keeps going right up the belt line to the A-pillar. Possibility the worst I have ever seen. I mean, why do this to an XA GT?

Plenty of other vinyl horrors to be appalled by, on this page belonging to a superb aussie-Ford website (featuring older Falcons) which strangely originates from the UK?

 
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