How cool were pop up headlights? Sleep aerodynamic front ends of sports cars used to don these hip lights that were powered by motors (originally powered by hand on the first ones) which turned them inside out to illuminate the roads. From Toyotas to Nissans to Ferraris Lambos and Corvettes (most long standing model to use them for nearly 45 years) many if not all of the most desirable cars had them. Now they are all gone. What happened to them?
To properly answer this question, we need to take a walk down memory lane. What was the first US car to have this peek-a-boo light option? How about the 1936 Cord? Very cool. What was the last car in the US to have them? 2004 Corvette and the 2004 Lotus Esprit. Why did they go away? Weight, complexity, regulations and safety compliance issues. Cost? Sure all of these things. Now we are stuck with plastic bug-eyes which fade, turn yellow and get tarnished by the sun.
Bring back the pop-up lights! Bring them back! Just one car guy’s opinion. Someday perhaps they will return along with gold kits, chrome wheels, louvers and curb feelers!