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

1962 Oldsmobile Starfire vinyl roof closeup

1962 Oldsmobile Starfire vinyl roof

Many carmakers in the early ’60s sought to make their pillarless coupes look as much like convertibles as possible. The creases on the roof shown here were actually in the metal roof itself. Adding a layer of vinyl fabric with fake stiching designs only enhanced the illusion.

(Photo credit: Charles Royster)

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