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Landau Top ?

Postby a1racing » Thu Mar 28, 2019 4:07 pm

Hey guys, I picked up a 1975 Monza 2+2 with a half vinyl top. Im thinking this is not factory as i have never seen a Monza hatchback with one.The car is a 262 with a four speed.If this is factory is it rare ? and should someone restore it? If not, my plans are for a driving project to get it the way i want it. I dont want to destroy something rare. It was under a tarp for ten years on a storage lot. Radiator,most of the emblems, battery cables and some wires under the hood were robbed when copper prices went sky high some years ago. Has power steering and rear window defroster also. Thanks, Clay :D
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Re: Landau Top ?

Postby classic_cruiser » Thu Apr 04, 2019 1:48 pm

I've never heard of a factory half vinyl top on a hatchback either, that sounds custom to me.
The Monza homestead page has some info on which cars had which vinyl roof options.
http://monza.homestead.com/cabriolet.html

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Re: Landau Top ?

Postby cjbiagi » Thu Apr 04, 2019 3:22 pm

Yeah, never heard of a Monza hatchback with a landau top. There were some Skyhawks with a Targa band across the roof........
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Re: Landau Top ?

Postby a1racing » Fri Apr 05, 2019 8:41 am

Thanks for the info Guys, I feel more comfortable making it my own. I personally am not a fan of vinyl tops. Kinda like the targa bar though. :th:
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Re: Landau Top ?

Postby cjbiagi » Sat Apr 06, 2019 8:32 am

Hopefully there wasn't a reason someone installed vinyl on top of the roof. Hope you don't find any unpleasant surprises under there
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Re: Landau Top ?

Postby hammerdown7 » Sat Apr 06, 2019 1:23 pm

a1racing wrote:Thanks for the info Guys, I feel more comfortable making it my own. I personally am not a fan of vinyl tops. Kinda like the targa bar though. :th:


I think the targa band only came on the cars that had the glass roof, I believe they are stored with 100 hens teeth.

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Re: Landau Top ?

Postby spyderhunter » Sat Apr 06, 2019 1:27 pm

I had a Skyhawk just like that. Same color, 10 hole chrome rims, and steel roof with the targa band across the top.
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Re: Landau Top ?

Postby Monza Harry » Sun Apr 07, 2019 4:44 pm

hammerdown7 wrote:
a1racing wrote:Thanks for the info Guys, I feel more comfortable making it my own. I personally am not a fan of vinyl tops. Kinda like the targa bar though. :th:


I think the targa band only came on the cars that had the glass roof, I believe they are stored with 100 hens teeth.

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The Targa band was available separately but was still a pretty rare option. Here is a link to Bryan's [Fyrftr50 memberlist.php?mode=viewprofile&u=3] site: http://monza.homestead.com/C06.html
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Re: Landau Top ?

Postby a1racing » Sat Apr 13, 2019 11:28 am

Clyde, I can see a certain amount of unpleasantness (rust bubbles) under the vinyl top. It will have to be addressed when I remove it. I will keep my eyes on the prize. :D
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Re: Landau Top ?

Postby monzaaddict » Sat Apr 13, 2019 7:43 pm

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Re: Landau Top ?

Postby stage169 » Sun Apr 14, 2019 1:08 am

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When that car was for sale the second owner thought it was original. How it was put on is unknown but they even added a trim piece at the back.
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Re: Landau Top ?

Postby classic_cruiser » Sun Apr 14, 2019 8:29 am

Clay, you mentioned that yours has a half vinyl top. Does it begin where the targa band would have been, if it had one? What kind of trim is holding it down on the leading edge of the top?

Has anyone on here ever seen an example of a half vinyl top on a hatchback?

Way back in the day, my brother had a body shop convert his full vinyl top to a landau top, it almost looked factory, except you could tell by how the trim piece was attached over the roof, if you looked close enough. To be a factory roof, I'd imagine GM would have used the same type of trim here as a notchback. What holds that trim on?
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Re: Landau Top ?

Postby cammerjeff » Thu Apr 18, 2019 11:21 am

From the pictures posted (thanks by the way) it looks to have a full Vinyl top. That was an option on some Hatch Backs. But I have never seen a factory 1/2 Vinyl top on a HB, but it could be possible with the Targa Band, either in front or behind the band. In front would not look bad, but behind would look odd to me.
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