Vinyl roof coverings were created to be retro in 1925. Now the on-and-off fad is making a comeback. A brief history…

1979 Cadillac Sedan de Ville with padded vinyl roof

"PADDED" - This 1979 Cadillac Sedan de Ville's FULL vinyl roof is an example of the more modern construction of a thick layer of padding covered with a smoother surface material. These were introduced on higher-end American cars in the mid-1970s and became the norm through the 1980s. (Photo credit: Sean Connor)

“PADDED” – This 1979 Cadillac Sedan de Ville’s FULL vinyl roof is an example of the more modern construction of a thick layer of padding covered with a smoother surface material. These were introduced on higher-end American cars in the mid-1970s and became the norm through the 1980s. (Photo credit: Sean Connor)

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