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Old 06-16-2011, 11:28 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Hey everybody I hope all is well. I have a quick question.. I'm looking at a 1965 vinyl top coupe and the vinyl top was taken off and the top of the car was painted to match the car. Does taking the vinyl top off the car and making it one solid color like a standard coupe hurt the value of it? I hope this isn't a stupid question just curious too know. Thanks for any info. Take care
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Old 06-17-2011, 12:08 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Most people don't like vinyl tops, and there probably are not many people shopping for a car specifically with the vinyl top option. A top can always be added.
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Thanks for the reply. I'm saying if someone has a vinyl top car and takes it completely OFF and makes it like a regular coupe.. does it hurt the value of the car?? Even though it was a originally vinyl top mustang.
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Old 06-17-2011, 12:38 AM   #4 (permalink)
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From a strictly technical view: it is one more thing that is not "original" to what the car once was, which means that you'd think it would decrease the value...but it doesn't.

Unless the car is rare and very collectible it won't hurt the value. People that buy these cars are buying them for what they are now, not what they once were. (excluding rare collectibles)

There's like a .1% chance you would come across a prospective buyer that will "mark" your car down for not having a vinyl top when it originally came with one.
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Old 06-17-2011, 02:24 AM   #5 (permalink)
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Yeah this won't affect the value.
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Old 06-17-2011, 06:45 AM   #6 (permalink)
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Wouldn't affect the value in my small opinion. If its a 64-66 there aren't any records anyway so there is no way to tell. I kept mine because its different and thats why I love it. To each their own.
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It would make a difference to me. I'm one of the few that would want the top. I'm one of the guys that like the cars for what they were.
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Old 06-17-2011, 07:41 AM   #8 (permalink)
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I do kind of agree with rdlagray. It is nice to see them they way they were built.

The only way I could see it affecting the value at all is if the car was a thoroughbred concours car that was 100% original.

I could add one to my car, but I don't see it changing the value any. While I do like the looks of them on some cars and think it would look cool on my car, I would rather not have one. They are prone to rusting the roof out.
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Is there any way to tell if a car should have originally had the vinyl top...like a certain number stamped on one of the data plates? Wondering specifically for '65-'66. Thanks!
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If your car was built in N.J (2nd digit VIN is a T) the body buck tag might have the vinyl top info.
If you find a build sheet inside the car, it would be on there.

Lastly, a bit of automotive archaeology is in order. The vinyl top had a chrome trim strip running at the base of the B pillar. Pulling back the headliner in that area might show the signs of repair to the mounting holes for that trim. Most likely bondo worms, possibly unfinished weld marks.
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When my dad an I redid my car about 15 years ago, I remember seeing what looked like a few small pieces/scraps of vinyl in that area. Sorta under the edge of the headliner if I remember correctly. It was definitely a different material and color than the headliner. I always wondered if it had been an original vinyl top car. Thanks!
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I do not think it will hurt the value. May even help it because then there is no question about what it looks like under the vinyl top. A lot of people take them off so there is no rust issue later on.
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If I'm looking for a collector/classic car of any make a vinyl top makes me cautious. Most vinyl tops have rust brewing underneath. Also in many cases (any brand, year or model) the roof transition from quarter panel is poorly done knowing the vinyl will hide it.

If I like the car chances are the vinyl top won't be a deal breaker but it's not a plus!

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Friend of mine had a 65 GT Vintage Burgundy with black stripes and black vinyl top. Original top. No rust. In fact, coupla weeks ago I saw a 66 coupe with the original vinyl top. Vinyl is like anything else- properly cared for, it holds up. Any car spending time sitting in grandma's back yard will get rusty in all sorts of places, including the roof.
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My 67 still has the original top on it, its in decent shape but the black is pretty faded at this point.
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