They long ago vanished from new-car option lists, and now they’re fading out of the aftermarket. Per Bob of Restyling Concepts, there isn’t much market for vinyl or cloth roofs anymore, so if you want one, plan ahead. “I don’t stock the kits anymore, so I need about a week to get one.”
Visit the Joliet, Illinois, company’s website and you’ll see a complete gallery of the conversions available. Predictably, the vehicles depicted are primarily large American sedans, though the inclusion of a Hyundai Azera is interesting.
Anyone interested in topping his or her ride in vinyl would do well to deal directly with the converter. While dealerships typically ask upwards of $3000 for such a feature, Restyling Concepts charges just $1295 for the full-roof treatment on a Ford Crown Victoria or similar large car. A few examples of Restyling Concepts’ work appear below.
Here’s a trivia question we don’t have the answer to: What was the last vehicle available with a factory vinyl roof?
Ford Crown Victoria
Mercury Grand Marquis