Merry Christmas, Lloyd.
When I bought my car a few years ago, it came with both tops.The hardtop was attached to the car, and the softtop wrapped in plastic. I have been so pleased with the hardtop that I have looked at the other top briefly, and then wrapped it back up.
My hardtop makes no noise, does not leak, and I like the appearance of the car. If you want the “wind in your hair” experience, just remove the targa panels, and roll down the windows. Additionally, my car is quiet at speed, and the A/C works well with the hardtop in place.
I would hope that there is no difference in colour , considering that your boxed top has not seen the light of day for so long.
I will try to post a photo, if I can remember all the steps involved.
All the best, Dave.