fleet-master asks an interesting question. Do they have vinyl tops where you live? How long do they last? Around here they were big in the late sixties, seventies and eighties. Seldom seen anymore. Lasted about 10 years on a car left out in all weathers. Longer if the car was garaged. There are still 60s 70s and 80s cars with their original tops in good condition. Keep in mind, the fabric covering can be replaced in a day. It used to take an hour or 2 to fit a new vinyl top, this was done by glass shops. When I worked in body shops years ago it was common to repaint a car and take it in for a new vinyl top or in some cases, repair a roof where it leaked and rusted through, then get the top replaced. It would be easier and cheaper than repainting a car. How long does a paint job last if the car is never garaged, washed or waxed?