Here is my take on this ( BTW, I have an original vinyl top car ):
Vinyl tops were a late 1960's and early 1970's icon of sorts. They were truly a sign of the times. When I restored my car in the very early 1980's,
I purchased original GM quarter panels ( these came with the sail panels intact ). So, we cut both of the original quarters off up to the seam between
the sail panels and the roof. That effectively removed 85% of the rivets used to mount the vinyl top molding. I could not bring myself to drill holes
in these beautiful GM quarter panels, so I ground off the remaining rivets on the roof and the vinyl top was no more. So many Camaros suffered a
similar fate due to wheel well rot, lower rear window rot, etc.. How many of us got tired of seeing Camaros with rust in these places? Replacing the
quarters was the only real option if you had the $$.
Since so many cars back in the day had vinyl tops, I just wanted a non-vinyl top car for a change. I was certainly not alone in that sentiment. Remember
the times back in the 80's & early 90's. There were no Camaro forums, no eBay, no Camaro Nationals, damn few Camaro oriented suppliers ( anybody
remember Camaro Headquarters in Jenkentown, PA ? ), and no Jerry MacNeish or similar expert knowledge available. So, few, if any could decode the trim
tags and say to you, "Hey, shouldn't that SS have a black vinyl top on it?"
Now, fade to the late 1990's and up to today. We all know the state of the hobby now, so it is pointless to cover that. Suffuce it to say that I have now
changed my mind on the vinyl top issue and I expect to drill those little holes in the quarters & roof so I can mount the vinyl top trim. Besides, the vinyl
tops on the 69's were absolutely sexy with the trim being offset from the drip rails by 1.5 inches ( or so ) coupled with the body color being applied in this
area. It's amazing how time changes our perspective - huh?