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Filed under: Sedan, Buick, Ford, Humor, Design/Style

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Landau tops. Frankly, some are fine. Show us, say, a mid-to-late '70s Olds Cutlass or Lincoln Town Coupe gussied up accordingly from the factory, and we're liable to nod in approval and make one of those, "Ehh, not bad at all!" facial expressions in appreciation of the old barge. That said, most modern landau roof applications are dealer-installed, and commensurately disastrous and stupid.

My friend Scott had been telling me about two particularly egregious examples he regularly sees in his Brooklyn neighborhood. "Show me," I told him. So he remembered to tote his camera with him this week and sent me these. The Buick LeSabre isn't all that surprising, gauche though it may be. But the Ford Escort? Yeah, that's a good one. Gotta love those opera lights and the fading "Ghia" lettering, too. Will anything ever stop these people?

Your turn: What's the most terrible landau top application you've personally witnessed? We know you have stories. Share.


Gallery: Bad Landau Tops

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[images courtesy of Scott Nyerges]

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One I've seen that was particularly bad was a 2005'ish, base model Altima complete with steelies and that puke green colour sporting a black landau. Sheesh.

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I wonder if any dealer out there has put a landau top on a new Camaro yet? W/ gold trim?

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I wonder if any dealer out there has put a landau top on a new Camaro yet? W/ gold trim?

I hope not.... :mind-blowing:

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Ted- you posted a full top (and a convertible-esque faux one, at that), not a landau.

In the last few years, the only cars I've noticed w/ obviouc dealer-instaleld tops were on toyoyo camrys.

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Ted- you posted a full top (and a convertible-esque faux one, at that), not a landau.

In the last few years, the only cars I've noticed w/ obviouc dealer-instaleld tops were on toyoyo camrys.

Yeah, my bad. Its still in bad taste though.

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Yeah, my bad. Its still in bad taste though.

Ya, I don't make a distinction between 'em. About the only cars that looked decent w/ the Landau tops were those where it was factory, part of trim level, like '70s-80s Toronados, Cougars, etc.

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Anytime they 'stick out' physically or don't meet any bodylines (both the case with the Escort up top), I dislike them too.

My '64 GP is Starlight black with a black (unpadded) Cordova top, but the vinyl hits chrome trim 100% of the way around, and the base of the C-pillar has a sharp angle where it hits the flanks, so it never looks 'added on'. That's cohesive design. Some factory tops still look 'slapped on' to me. And the padded look always ruins it, too.

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IDK, If I didn't know it was obviously fake the Achieva might actually have looked good as a convertible.

Kinda looks like a mini-Cutlass Supreme convertible or the stillborn Beretta convert. with that "basket handle" B-pillar.

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Ummm.... :unsure:(padded top)

Yours is factory, made for the car, and if you go by what my father says, "it just isn't the same without..." :AH-HA_wink:

Not that I didn't want to rip it off my silver '95 at times or our white '93 where it's discolored & cracking, but it still works well and looks the part when maintained.

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Yours is factory, made for the car, and if you go by what my father says, "it just isn't the same without..." :AH-HA_wink:

Not that I didn't want to rip it off my silver '95 at times or our white '93 where it's discolored & cracking, but it still works well and looks the part when maintained.

Yeah, a factory top on a Caddy is one thing...looks great. But a dealer installed top on an Aurora (seen one) or anything else, not so good...

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At the local GM dealer at the beach, a freshly traded in '04 Impala LS. Ick.

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The interesting part is there's this one and an identical twin but in blue with a gray top, both of which originally came from the other local Chevy-only dealer...who paid to have both done & put on the lot for sale upon their delivery. Terrible. Then again, 2 old fogies scoffed them up, the blue one of which is driven by a lady in her 70's at our church.

BTW, the dealer this car is now at...they highly discourage such things and have for years talked customers out of such requests, even down to extra chrome trim/stripes. Thank God. That alone I'll always like about them & is a reason it pays to have a sales manager who does all the ordering & is very thoughtful about the trims, options, color combos, etc. they order at the same time, along with a lack of much dealer signage on the cars.

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OMG...EG Classics already...has a kit...for the '10 Lacrosse...

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:mind-blowing: I hope I don't cross one of these on the road for a very long time, or hopefully NEVER.

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OMG...EG Classics already...has a kit...for the '10 Lacrosse...

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:mind-blowing: I hope I don't cross one of these on the road for a very long time, or hopefully NEVER.

Wow.... wait a few months, I bet if I go cruisin' out in the West Valley-- Sun City way, I'll see one or two...white w/ gold trim, maroon top. Stylin'.

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WRT the Brougham : the padding here is fine, it's a big car with lots of radiused sheetmetal, but I personally have a problem with the basically flush C-pillar and how the top end in that area.

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I've seen a 300M with it :puke:

I don't care though, I like the one on the Merc.

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Seen it on a last gen Camry.

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I've seen a 300M with it :puke:

I don't care though, I like the one on the Merc.

There's several around here...including a gold '02 otherwise loaded, and topped with hazy headlights and a chocolate brown canvas top just down the street...why...why...

Used to be a white '05 300C Hemi locally too that I don't think the owner ever cleaned in the years he had it, but spent $$ to have a nasty navy blue canvas top installed when new...it got traded in at the Ford dealer and my eyes finally got to cry again seeing it.

Once I also saw a '03-04'ish Monte Carlo SS with a top, unusual for a modern 2-door, but again old lady driven. Several CTS's locally too, at least the same # as the 300M's.

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I actually like a minority of the aftermarket vinyl top flavors... If done so that it looks factory, it gives some cars an old school roofline. I like that mod since it has gotten to the point where every car has the same roofline, and its quite boring.

I also had to laugh because the aftermarket vinyl roof market is a great demonstration of the fallacy that just because the factory ain't turning out vinyl tops, (or few manuals, coupes or wagons) the public doesn't want them... but vinyl tops are low hanging fruit, being easier to aftermarket than a manual, coupe or wagon, so we still see them... for better or worse. ;-)

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1st gen Aurora

1st gen Intrepid

3rd gen Taurus

are the ones that stick out.

I really hate the ones with snaps.

They don't bug me as much as people who put chrome trim around every body panel, though.

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1st gen Aurora

1st gen Intrepid

3rd gen Taurus

are the ones that stick out.

I really hate the ones with snaps.

They don't bug me as much as people who put chrome trim around every body panel, though.

What IS THAT about? Tasteful chrome, I get. Chrome peeled & stuck on every panel, edge, etc, drives me bonkers. The old peeps around here stick to mainly just wheel well lip molding, but even that always looked tacked on & crappy. Otherwise, using chrome plastic door edging on every edge around the entire car...I've seen too many...

Add in a tattered cloth top with snaps...puke much?

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One of the most hideous I've seen was a '93 Mustang Cobra (rather rare, last of the Fox bodies) in teal with a tan fake convertible top (unusual to see one on a hatchback), with the snaps and surrounding gold trim, big chrome wheel arch trim, and lowrider style gold wheels on white walls. I almost threw up.

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