Encyclopedia Hoonatica: Retractable Headlights


They’ve gone out of fashion since aero headlights became legal in the U.S. in 1983, but retractable headlights used to be all the business for trendy, image-conscious cars. How many winky, blinky cars can you name?
After a couple of more mind-bending entries in our Encyclopedia, this one should be almost too easy. So I’m adding an additional challenge — can you name all five cars shown above? EDIT: See ZomBee Racer’s and Tonyola’s comments for the correct answers.
As usual, please read the comments first and avoid duplicate posts.
DIFFICULTY: Like shooting candy in a barrel of babies. Or something like that.

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220 responses to “Encyclopedia Hoonatica: Retractable Headlights”

    1. MuiDucK Avatar

      Actually that's 1st, 4th and 6th.
      I guess you guys missed out on the second and third gens.

      1. Feds_II Avatar

        If you are going to be a pedant, that is Series 3 (14" wheels only available with fuel injected 13b in '84 and '85), a Series 5, and a Series 8 (revised front fascia).

  1. ZomBee Racer Avatar

    Late 70's Thunderbirds. and a few early 80's.
    <img src="http://www.nimicron.com/78tbird/dj_ad.jpg&quot; width= "500" />

    1. tonyola Avatar

      1967-1969 T-birds too.

    1. rkw Avatar

      1980s Nissan Z cars

  2. ZomBee Racer Avatar

    Geo Storm, Opal GT, Mitsubishi Starion, Nissan Pulsar, Mercury Cougar

  3. tonyola Avatar

    Geo Storm
    Opel GT
    Mitsubishi Starion (or Chrysler/Dodge Conquest)
    Nissan Pulsar NX
    '67 Cougar
    Here's a hidden-headlight special that was fairly rare even when new – '68 Chevy Caprice with hidden-light option.
    <img src="http://t0.gstatic.com/images?q=tbn:ANd9GcQ5dUvXhBj1v_gAFkLp-Sw822NJml-ulb-3-WHwWImR6-qjgw4&t=1&usg=__3qwj7PQ0KwUvzGhTXHvVjgY2kcE="&gt;

  4. Feds_II Avatar

    The image sucks, but the Opel GT had roll-away headlights:
    <img src="http://www.wods.dk/opelgt/mo/mini18-05s.jpg"&gt;

    1. Peter Tanshanomi Avatar

      So much rolling along the longitudinal axis, I thought I was watching Top Gun.

      1. straight6 Avatar

        and they were actuated mechanically (Small lever in front of the gear shifter). Old joke in Germany was that you could spot a GT driver by the big right forearm …
        <img src="http://bringatrailer.com/wp-content/plugins/PostviaEmail/images/1972_Opel_1900_GT_Blue_Yellow_Plate_California_Barn_Garage_Find_For_Sale_Interior_resize.jpg&quot; width="600">

        1. FuzzyPlushroom Avatar

          Wasn't it possible to snap the headlights in place with enough force to break one or both filaments? I was told that once and never forgot it…

  5. lilwillie Avatar

    First Gen Camaro of course, technically called "hideaways". And to rant, I am really, really sick of taking my '69 to shows and having people tell me I should put hideaways in. Then they get really pissy when I tell them it originally was a RS car with hideaways but I went with a Standard grille.
    Yes, car shows and cruise nights are wonderful. Sitting behind your car, listening to everyone tell you what is wrong with it, what they would do different, why your color choice isn't original. Which is why I rarely stay near my car when I go to shows or cruise nights.

    1. tonyola Avatar

      The '69 Camaro's hidden headlights were kind of busy and messy compared to the '67-'68 cars.

      1. lilwillie Avatar

        Agreed. I have a friend with a '68 and it is such a better system. I don't regret taking what was left of my hideaways out when I built the car. Pricing for the pieces I needed made me gag.

  6. tonyola Avatar

    This is one of the very best hidden-headlight treatments ever – '65 Riviera.
    <img src="http://www.hobbycar.com/DaveSchmidtRiv1.jpg&quot; width="500/">

    1. Maymar Avatar

      + several hundred thousands. The Riviera peaked early, although it was still pretty sweet through '72 (I also dig the '95-'99 models).

    2. Buickboy92 Avatar

      Wow! That is one clean Buick! I love it! 🙂

  7. Maymar Avatar

    Both generations of Ford Probe had them, along with first-generation DSMs. So did the Nissan 240SX. As did the Pontiac Fiero (lucky they put the crank on it so you didn't have the winking eye when some component inevitably failed).

      1. Maymar Avatar

        A friend of mine (and occasional Hooniverse commenter) drives one which he has christened Fugly Gold (after the paint job).

        1. Baron Von Danger Avatar

          Yup, the Silvia's crappy sister.

    1. zaddikim Avatar

      "lucky they put the crank on it so you didn't have the winking eye"
      "put the crank on the winking eye"
      "crank the winking eye"
      /dirtyminded today

  8. pmulry Avatar

    Toyota MR2, MKI and MK2.
    Fiero
    Ferrari Daytona
    Ferrari 308/328
    Porsche 924/944
    Porsche 928

    1. zaddikim Avatar

      That. Is. Pimping.

  9. P161911 Avatar

    One of the first, the Cord 810
    <img src="http://www.theavanti.com/topten/1936_cord.jpg"&gt;

    1. OA5599 Avatar

      One of its contemporaries is the Buick Y-Job.
      <img width=600 src="http://www.seriouswheels.com/pics-1930-1939/1938-Buick-Y-Job-fa-track-1024×768.jpg"&gt;

  10. JeepyJayhawk Avatar

    No one dropped this little guy in yet? <img src=http://greywulf.net/wp-content/uploads/2009/01/1969corvette-300×225.jpg>

    1. ZomBee Racer Avatar

      Oh god I'm in love….

  11. tonyola Avatar

    Another great one – '68 Chrysler 300.
    <img src="http://www.musclecarhaven.com/images/68622/622fnt1.jpg&quot; width=500>

  12. Peter Tanshanomi Avatar

    <img src="http://cache.jalopnik.com/assets/resources/2007/03/82_LN7.jpg"&gt;
    I'VE HAD TOO MUCH COFFEE! I CAN'T CLOSE MY EYES!
    (The EXP & LN7 were originally designed with retractables, but that was later nixed for fixed beams)

    1. tonyola Avatar

      Same with the original Austin Healey Sprite. Retractable lights were originally intended, but fixed eyes were called for because of costs. Results – the legendary "frog-eye".
      <img src="http://www.carandclassic.co.uk/uploads/cars/austin_healey/50562.jpg"&gt;

      1. Peter Tanshanomi Avatar

        I've had too much coffee…and I like it!

        1. ptschett Avatar

          Happy car is happy!

  13. Jim Brennan Avatar

    The 1990 to 1993 Imperial. Ghastly!
    <img src="http://www.imperialclub.com/Yr/1990/Alan/1990Imperial09.jpg&quot; alt="" />

    1. ptschett Avatar

      I kind of like it, but I've recently decided to come out of the closet and let my Mopar fandom be known. (God help me, I was even pointing out the few good features of the 2.7L V6 on [redacted] the other day…)

    1. ZomBee Racer Avatar

      I love the Miura, yet for some reason it always reminds me of these guys…
      [youtube wY6insZjCfU http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wY6insZjCfU youtube]

    2. FuzzyPlushroom Avatar

      It took me until recently to figure out that the 928's headlights, when popped up, are in fact part of the original design and not tacked on by an owner fed up with repeated headlight-motor failure. They just look so tacked-on when raised, yet somehow natural; if I was silly enough to buy one, I'd add a row of matching driving lights between the headlights.

  14. Jim Brennan Avatar

    The Last Isuzu Impulse. Well, they are partially covered…. Sleepy Eyes
    <img src="http://static.howstuffworks.com/gif/autoreview/400×266/1990-92-Isuzu-Impulse-91805021990003.jpg&quot; alt="" />

    1. tonyola Avatar

      We could do a whole article on the half-covered eyes.
      <img src="http://memorylaneappraisals.com/Images/72IsoGrifoM.jpg&quot; width=400>

      1. Peter Tanshanomi Avatar

        The Geo Storm in the lead photo, too.

    2. Peter Tanshanomi Avatar

      The car that always looked stoned. Duuuuude…

    3. njhoon Avatar

      I always thought these looked stoned.

    4. FЯeeMan Avatar

      bedroom eyes.

    1. zaddikim Avatar

      Goddammit, now I can't get the f***ing theme song outta my head.
      /glares

    1. zaddikim Avatar

      Always liked the Jalpa. I'd never be able to afford maintenance on it, so I'll always have to admire from afar.

    1. Peter Tanshanomi Avatar

      I always liked the "leave them up" switch on the dashboard.

      1. njhoon Avatar

        That is good for winter, they get frozen up instead of down. That is one of the reasons corvetts and firebirds always have messed up headlights.

        1. P161911 Avatar

          C3 Corvettes had a little pull-out knob to leave the headlights up too. It was hidden under the dash and most people probably didn't even know it was there. C3s usually have messed up lights because they use a vacuum system to operate the lights. I don't remember my 94 Corvette having this feature though.

          1. tonyola Avatar

            After Mercury's problems with the headlight covers on the '67 Cougar, most makers still using vacuum systems used vacuum to keep the doors closed instead of open, so the lights would be automatically exposed if the vacuum failed. Also, there was commonly a bypass valve under the hood or dash so you could leave the doors open to, say, wash the headlights or replace a light.

            1. P161911 Avatar

              The C3 used vacuum to raise them. You could go out a manually pull them up if the vacuum system failed and some springs kept them up. The C4 Vettes required you to turn on the lights and then just the parking lights to leave them up for replacement, or just play with the headlight switch and ignition switch until they stayed up.

  15. tonyola Avatar

    How many cars have you seen with double sets of hidden lights? Twice the number of Italian-electric doors to fail! Cizeta Moroder.
    <img src="http://www.autofiends.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/01/cizetamoroder-6.jpg&quot; width=500>

    1. Alex Kierstein Avatar

      Damn, and I'm fresh out of eye bleach.

      1. slr5000 Avatar

        come on dude, it's got a v16 (really two v8 blocks) and it was partially designed by an italian disco producer. so full of win.

        1. zaddikim Avatar

          That, and the sound was vicious.

  16. Andrew Avatar

    BMW M1
    Porsche 914
    Porsche Slantnose Turbo

    1. tenbeers Avatar

      Shenanigans, both are working.

      1. zaddikim Avatar

        LOL, no kidding. And the picture reminds of the scene with Austin Powers wedging the electric vehicle in the hallway of Dr. Evil's lair.

  17. P161911 Avatar

    Porsche 935/911 Slant Nose, a few of these were actually done by the factory.
    <img src="http://www.qv500.com/Porsche%20911%20SC%20P6%201.jpg"&gt;

    1. Goingincirclez Avatar

      That's the most beautiful bug-eyed shark I've ever seen.

  18. Peter Tanshanomi Avatar

    The late '70s Dodge Magnum's headlight covers were the automotive equivalent of sheer lingerie: covered, but showing everything underneath.
    <img src="http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/8/89/%2779_Dodge_Magnum_%28Centropolis_Laval_%2710%29.jpg/800px-%2779_Dodge_Magnum_%28Centropolis_Laval_%2710%29.jpg&quot; width="640">

    1. tonyola Avatar

      The Dodge St. Regis also had clear covers.
      <img src="http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3283/3001872549_05fefc8c30.jpg&quot; width=400>

      1. FuzzyPlushroom Avatar

        I always liked these for being ahead of their time in the US market (though Europe was using flush headlights around this time).

  19. Baron Von Danger Avatar

    add
    Toyota 2000gt
    <img src="http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/9/97/TOYOTA_2000GT.jpg&quot; width="300/">
    Acura NSX
    <img src="http://www.dragtimes.com/images/11783-1991-Acura-NSX.jpg&quot; width="300/">
    first gen Laser/Eclipse/Talon
    <img src="http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/9/9e/1st-Eagle-Talon.jpg&quot; width="300/">
    Honorary mention:
    Saturn SC2

    1. Jo_Schmo Avatar

      hmmm I had an NSX photo but it apparently got eated

      1. Peter Tanshanomi Avatar

        No, it was just shy. It's out now.

      2. Baron Von Danger Avatar

        It was the hax0rz

    2. Peter Tanshanomi Avatar

      I always found the 2000GT's bumper mounted lights AND retractable lights a bit odd looking.

    3. muthalovin Avatar

      That is quite a motley crew of vehicles.

    1. longrooffan Avatar

      I was wondering when these were going to show. I was working on these right as this published. Same images too!

    2. ZomBee Racer Avatar

      DOUH!I can't believe these never crossed my mind! To repent, I will now go out and work on my old Dodge for 4.26 hours.

    1. Baron Von Danger Avatar

      Truenooooooooooooooo!

    1. skitter Avatar

      A quick look shows the Esprit as final car to be made with retractable headlights when it went out of production in 2005, outlasting the C5 by one year and the NSX and RX7 by three.

      1. Peter Tanshanomi Avatar

        Another great bit of trivia from Skitter.

    1. Peter Tanshanomi Avatar

      Seeing Cyclones always makes me just giddy. In a good way.

    1. ZomBee Racer Avatar

      Oooo….want me some 3/4 acre love-boat hood!

      1. Peter Tanshanomi Avatar

        Screams for something long, like a V-16 or a flat 12, don't it?

        1. Goingincirclez Avatar

          It does… loudly… unfortunately the sad, sad truth defines the term "Malaise" to a T. At least it *sounds* exciting (*ahem* exhaust leak *ahem*)!

      2. zaddikim Avatar

        Beat me to it by a mile – one could park small aircraft on that beast.

  20. retro Avatar

    The Durango-95 purred away real horrorshow – a nice, warm, vibraty feeling all through your guttiwuts.
    <img src="http://ploader.net/files/1c967954cf14cfcca13b45a31d1900da.jpg&quot; width=80%>
    Durango-95 a.k.a. Adams Probe 16

    1. Peter Tanshanomi Avatar

      That's kinda sexy, in a leg-warmers and big hair kinda way.

      1. Alff Avatar

        I was in Europe toward the end of the big hair and leg warmer era. I really wanted to bring one back with me.

    2. zaddikim Avatar

      I'm finding myself wanting to troll Kijiji/Craigslist for one, knowing that there won't ever be one for sale here.
      I has a sad.

    3. FuzzyPlushroom Avatar

      This wasn't the only Volvo without a traditional Volvo grille…
      <img src="http://static.rp-online.de/layout/showbilder/23868-gms_2volvo_480.jpg"&gt;
      …because it had a traditional Volvo grille.

      1. zaddikim Avatar
        1. FuzzyPlushroom Avatar

          <img src="http://www.volvoadventures.com/480_2.jpg"&gt;
          What has been seen cannot be unseen.

          1. zaddikim Avatar

            Don't get me wrong – I like it, but…really? They were so married to their badging/design language that they HAD to have a grill'n'badge combo?
            /wibbles off to the bar

  21. TurboBrick Avatar

    Mazda 323F had them… I have no idea if this thing was ever even sold in the States, loads of them in Europe though.
    <img src="http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/4/4d/Mazda323FBG_KlappscheinwerferAni.gif"&gt;

    1. Feds_II Avatar

      Actually, I believe something like 4 of them were sold in Canada. I have seen 2-3 on the road here.

  22. smalleyxb122 Avatar

    I don't think that you needed to get so specific with your TVR. Any of the Tasmins would work.

  23. skitter Avatar

    Lagonda, with truly hidden headlamps that worked perfectly once, and never again:
    <img src="http://i615.photobucket.com/albums/tt237/jskitter/hooniverse/Lagonda.jpg"&gt;
    The XJR-15,quasi-parroting the Cizeta arrangement:
    <img src="http://i615.photobucket.com/albums/tt237/jskitter/hooniverse/xjr15-1.jpg"&gt;
    The XJ220 with its odd crocodile eyelid covers:
    <img src="http://i615.photobucket.com/albums/tt237/jskitter/XJ220.jpg&quot; width="600">

    1. Peter Tanshanomi Avatar

      I have always had a semi-serious thing for the Trofeo. Weird, huh.

    1. Tim Odell Avatar

      NACA Duct!!!

    1. P161911 Avatar

      I think the Ranchero might be the ONLY truck that qualifies. I can't think of any others.

    2. zaddikim Avatar

      Who cares that the hood is londer that the bed?
      WANT.

  24. Alff Avatar

    Perhaps my favorite – so clean, so simple.
    <img src="http://pic.phyrefile.com/2008/01/30/288.jpg"width=600&gt;

    1. Peter Tanshanomi Avatar

      Another set of sleepy eyes!

    2. tonyola Avatar
  25. retro Avatar

    That's the ugliest Fiat X1/9 I've ever seen.

  26. tonyola Avatar

    1986-1989 Honda Accord – also the 2nd and 3rd-gen Preludes had hidden lights. I think it's criminal that we didn't get the Accord Aerodeck in the US.
    <img src="http://veteran.auto.cz/wp-content/gallery/auta_honda_1/1985_Honda_Accord_Aerodeck_2.jpg&quot; width=500>

    1. Buickboy92 Avatar

      You could probably import one today.

  27. Peter Tanshanomi Avatar

    The Bitter SC is still way hot.

    1. Alff Avatar

      As a working man's Ferrari 400i, it should be.

    1. longrooffan Avatar

      I sure don't know why my images are so large today! Sorry Hoons.

  28. dragon951 Avatar

    <img src="http://pictures.topspeed.com/IMG/crop/200602/1982-porsche-944-2_460x0w.jpg&quot; />
    I don't care if someone already mentioned the 944 series. It's my damn car (and my icon)!

  29. General Turgidson Avatar

    Buick Reatta.

  30. longrooffan Avatar

    163 comments! Yeah Hoons. How did we get this far without a 914?
    <img src="http://www.pictures-of-cars.com/Porsche-914-%5Bcar-club%5D.jpg"end&gt;

  31. TurboBrick Avatar

    Alfa Romeo Montreal – If Dodge Magnum wore headlamp lingerie, then these are more like an automotive version of those silly sunglasses with the shutters.
    <img src="http://www.alfaromeo-club.com/graphics/gallery/full/169_alfa_romeo_montreal.jpg"&gt;

    1. zaddikim Avatar

      My [deity] that is a pretty car. What is that?

  32. Thrashy Avatar

    Late 3rd-gen, 4th gen, and 5th-gen Celicas, along with their Mark II and III Supra cousins:
    <img src="http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/f/f5/Toyota_Celica_A60_Liftback_Cambridge.jpg&quot; width= 350>
    <img src="http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/1/1f/ST165_1988_black_mchoi.jpg&quot; width= 350>
    <img src="http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/5/5b/CelicaST185GT4AFresnoF.jpg&quot; width= 350>
    <img src="http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/e/eb/82ltype.jpg&quot; width= 350>
    <img src="http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/a/aa/3rd_Toyota_Supra.jpg/800px-3rd_Toyota_Supra.jpg&quot; width= 350>
    As far as I'm concerned, the second-gen Supra is Japan's E24. Love that car so much…

    1. Jeff Glucker Avatar

      There is a clean one parked with a for sale sign, down the street from me right now.

  33. Tomsk Avatar

    Matra Bagheera
    <img src="http://img515.imageshack.us/img515/7968/img42pk7.jpg&quot; width="490" height="332">
    Pontiac Banshee
    <img src="http://29.media.tumblr.com/QAfC9zReEon7ictqPlzaaeIdo1_500.jpg&quot; width="495" height="346" />

  34. NMUSpidey Avatar

    [youtube PBT43BnnHNA http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PBT43BnnHNA youtube]
    Although I really want to know, Ford Probe's what???

    1. zaddikim Avatar

      Miura X-11 looks like the unfortunate offspring of a Superbird, Supra G2 and a Mitsubishi Starion.
      Probably a hoot to drive though. Most of the pages I've seen from Googling ore in Portuguese, I haven't a clue about it.

  35. jeepjunkie Avatar

    Not quite sure I understood the question posed after reading all the comments.
    But I think the answer is, from left to right,
    Pontiac Sunbird…
    a fine example of automotive failure from the General Motors Corporation of lovely Dearborn Michigan.
    Opel Manta…
    quite an automobile in it's day, yet again another offer from lovely Dearborne Michigan.
    Acura RSX…
    still a reliable pice of transportation today, hot among the youth of today. (Cheap loud exhaust available.)
    Toyota Celica…
    dated a lovely young lady that owned one of these back in the day…nice legg room in the back…eh,eh,eh…
    Mercury XR-7…
    WOW…a classic American Muscle car that to this day still stirs the blood among those of us that remember it….
    Dark Blue, 4 speed with a clutch that a elephant would have trouble using as a daily driver…evaded the local constables on several occasions in this beast…..what I'd give to have one today…..or at least that is what my 17 year old tells me….

    1. Jeff Glucker Avatar

      We post a few examples of the topic (in this case Retractable Headlights) and then everyone else tries to name another example without repeating something someone else has said.

    2. Juliet C. Avatar

      Correct answers: Geo Storm, Opel GT, Mitsubishi Starion, Nissan Pulsar NX, Mercury Cougar XR-7. They're in like the fourth or fifth comment.

    3. jeepjunkie Avatar

      Guess I'm too much of a rookie to offer future comments……
      Missed by a mile…or as my brothers would say…..Hey dumbass, read the instructions….
      My apologies to the masses..

      1. Tim Odell Avatar

        Dude, no worries. Do please stick around.

      2. coupeZ600 Avatar

        Don't sweat it bro', we all hang out here because we are the masses!

        1. jeepjunkie Avatar

          as Bartles @ James were known to say…
          Thank You for your Support…..

  36. BЯдΖǐL-ЯЄРΘЯΤЄЯ Avatar

    Let's go for something less obvious, the Dankar Squalo
    <img src="http://www.autocarsite.hpg.com.br/Squalo/squalo82.jpg"&gt;

    1. Alff Avatar

      Would that be a pair of testes?

      1. zaddikim Avatar

        /facepalm

  37. OA5599 Avatar

    Other people listed some of the later Chargers, but no first generation ones yet.
    <img src="http://www.mopar.de/member_66Charg.jpg"&gt;

    1. ptschett Avatar

      Now I know where Lego got the styling of the "Model Team wheel".
      <img src="http://www.ebricks.nl/webshop/images/Wheel_2695-2696_white.jpg&quot; width="500"/>

    1. Alff Avatar

      <img src="http://www.jetsetmodern.com/images/davis1.jpg"&gt;
      I would have posted this sooner but Googling "Davis Playboy" returns some fantastic images of Patti Davis. I had forgotten all about her, the pictures and her presidential connection.

    1. zaddikim Avatar

      Wow – An Opel GT with Ford Probe and Trans Am DNA.
      PHwah.

  38. Alff Avatar

    Owosso Litestar with a single retractable headlight.
    <img src="http://www.autocycles.org/images/206c.jpg"&gt;

  39. CptSevere Avatar

    There's no possible way I could come up with something here that nobody else has already posted. You guys must have covered everything. The last few posts are mostly cars I have no clue about. The Hoon outdid itself here today, that's my call. This post has got to break the 'site's record for comments, and they are all relevant. Good show. Makes me proud to be a Hoon, is all I can say.

    1. coupeZ600 Avatar

      I was about to say that apparently every vehicle had retractable headlamps, and then confessing that I had never owned one that did. That one just above takes the cake though.

      1. CptSevere Avatar

        The closest I ever came was the '69 Toronado we had when I was a kid. Yeah, the thing above looks like a flaming one eyed winged suppository. There's probably a forum devoted to FOEWS's. I wish them all the best.

  40. Tim Odell Avatar

    Now you're just making things up.

    1. zaddikim Avatar

      You should see the ass on that thing.
      Seriously though, the renders (and they are all just renders) are kinda nice.
      Still, it's the bastard offspring of a FD RX7 and a Lamborghini.

  41. Bret Avatar

    In honor of two wheel Tuesday I present the Honda Elite.
    <img src="http://www.motorera.com/honda/h0150/deluxe/ch150d-85.jpg&quot; alt="popup light on a scooter!">

    1. dculberson Avatar

      My wife has a red one of these! 150cc. Some dummy used the built-in prop to hold the headlight up permanently but didn't disconnect the motor, so now the motor is burned out. Oh well.

  42. Eggwich Avatar

    God damn Tanshanomi you have changed the Hooniverse with this Encyclopaedia series. Most successful thing ever in any category.
    Also, I like +1ing comments a lot. It is fun. Once in a while I will -1 as well and it feels good too.

  43. McQween Avatar

    Wow where were the FoMoCo guys on this one just about every Lincoln with glass head lamps , the big bad Merc Marauder , every Galaxie XL and some of the LTD’s to name a couple.

  44. Mike Avatar

    How about the 1970's Mercury Grand Marquis and Ford LTD's ?
    [IMG ]http://i33.tinypic.com/2m61lhh.jpg[/IMG]

  45. engineerd Avatar

    Well, all the easy ones were gone. So, I have chosen a few that weren't already covered:
    Vector W8
    <img src="http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4094/4850633185_e8b0acd9af.jpg&quot; width="500" height="333" alt="1992 Vector Aeromotive W8 Twin Turbo" />
    Di Dia 150
    <img src="http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4135/4829326430_04b7f2bf91.jpg&quot; width="500" height="333" alt="1960 Di Dia 150" />
    Rolls Royce Phantom III
    <img src="http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4112/4846501683_b9c0537f7e.jpg&quot; width="500" height="333" alt="1939 Rolls-Royce Phantom III Vutotal Cabriolet by Labourdette" />

    1. zaddikim Avatar

      OK, the Vector (back in the day, mind you) I had a thing for, but the vaporware-ness turned me off. Sure, I'll never be able to afford to buy a W8 or a Cizeta-Moroder much less maintain one, But at least the Cizeta could offer something more than a glorified engineering buck.
      The Rolls-Royce Phantom III?
      HUMINAHUMINAHUMINA

  46. Rust-MyEnemy Avatar

    Sorry to be late to the party.
    A quick thread search (you may bayonet me in the throat if I'm wrong) revealed the absence of the Honda (Acura) Integra 1st Gen
    <img src="http://home.iprimus.com.au/suban/dxs/tegpage/1b.jpg&quot; width=500>
    But more concerningly, a total absence of the Rapport Ritz, that bonkers (and unsuccessful!!!!) Honda Accord based abomination of the early 80s. Cool headlights though…
    <img src="http://www.aronline.co.uk/images/rappforte_08.jpg&quot; width=500>

    1. zaddikim Avatar

      1- learning about the Rapport Ritz's existence – damn cool.
      2- GIS revealing a pic of Frank Zappa with a plastic mini-guitar and a can of beer.
      Thank you.

  47. engineerd Avatar

    But wait! There's more!
    Chrysler Imperial D'Elegance concept car from 1958
    <img src="http://www.carstyling.ru/resources/concept/58chrysler_imperial_d-elegance_2.jpg&quot; style="width: 420px; height: 252px; border: 0" alt="imgTag" />
    1938 Buick Y
    <img src="http://www.onhighbeam.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/02/38buick_y-job_05_large.png&quot; style="width: 420px; height: 307px; border: 0" alt="imgTag" />

  48. chrystlubitshi Avatar

    i think we got through all of those with no mention of the BMW 840/850!

  49. superbadd75 Avatar

    Without reading the answers and cheating – Geo Storm, Opel GT, Mitsu Starion (or its Conquest twin), Nissan Pulsar, Mercury Cougar.
    I've always thought concealed headlamps were kind of neat. Somewhere around '83 my family lived in a condo next to a guy that had a new Trans Am in black. I remember sitting by the window on many early mornings, just to catch him before he left for work so I could see his Firebird as it "opened its eyes". I found that as I got older, it didn't lose any of its mystique with me. I loved watching the lights on my dad's '96 Corvette as they rotated around from the rear, over the top to the front when they opened. Even today, I love to watch the headlights on my Miata as they spring forth from their resting places. I know they have their quirks, and I hate seeing the occasional Firebird "winking" because a motor has failed, but to me they're still cool, and during the day they're way better looking than a giant set of clunky headlights.

  50. zaddikim Avatar

    Without the top, that could be a pretty car.
    With the top, it looks like the kid in school that arrived on the short bus and was usually wearing a helmet.

  51. zaddikim Avatar

    Renault Alpine A610 – The Porsche 944's French cousin.

  52. axl hazarikavevo Avatar

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