15 cars that made vinyl roofs cool

The vinyl roof, already the rage at some points in the car’s age and universally maligned at others, is actually a classic piece of automotive flaw. Okay, it’s not as bad as putting an M5 badge on the back of a BMW 520d (you know who you are), but it was originally designed to make people think you had something you didn’t.

That’s because in the 1920s, if you had a fixed-roof car, you might want to trick people into thinking you have a convertible, and adding a vinyl trim gave just that impression. From a distance.

Over the following decades, people decided that the vinyl roof looked pretty good on its own, so it became an attractive price option. It was also believed to add a little extra noise dampening.

The use of the vinyl roof continued into the 1980s, after which it largely died out. Here are 15 of the best.

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