Modern car designers have it easy. They can sculpt jewel-like housings for their headlights and integrate them into the car’s bodylines almost seamlessly. Back in the days of sealed-beam headlamps, however, there were only so many options to choose from. And while many designers got creative, integrating the lamps into the car’s overall design, some of our favorite cars were available with headlights that were virtually invisible until needed.
We know, headlights go up, headlights go down. We love pop-up headlights too, but that’s for another discussion. Pop-up headlights are a form of hidden headlights, but we’re being completely arbitrary and defining those in this list as stationary headlights that are revealed when a panel opens up to reveal them. Here are 10 of our favorites.
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How do you know what the 33rd generation Honda Accord looks like, "Future Dude"? The Honda Accord, first introduced for the 1976 model year, is currently in its Tenth generation since the 2017.
My understanding is that the popup lights on the 1986 to 1989 models added cost and mechanical complexity and required periodic adjustment.
Additionally a new requirement on the USA FMVSS prohibit installing lights on any moveable body panel. This has been a federal requirement since the 2006 model year.
While doing a stint as a Datsun parts Mgr. in 1973, a 1964 C2 in black Roadster was traded in. It was black with red guts. I had to wait until the clients 610 wagon arrived and it took forever so I did not buy the car for $1,100.00! Was I an idiot or what? The used car department sent it out for paint and it was done in white. I'll never forget how the body shop forgot to turn the headlights around and paint the back side. The car looked like a racoon when the lights were on. I purchased a 63 Riviera instead. Go figure.
How about the Lotus Elan. All models including the 1962-72 original, plus the +2 version and the later M100 series all had pop up (and in some cases never pop-down) headlights.
My favorite is my 1978 Thunderbird, which I took delivery of on September 21, 1977. BUT I like all if these and really, any car with hideaway or pop-up headlights!
All the comments above (except the Cord) - read the first sentence of the 2nd paragraph, this list does NOT include pop-up headlights, only panel-revealed fixed lights. Although the C2 'vette and Porsche transaxle series are anomalies of pop-up or flip over styles.
Like most of the pics, but for sure would drop the Iso Grifo in favor of the C2 'vette, which absolutely has to make a top 10 hidden headlamps. Never cared for the ones on those Camaros, especially the "3 horizontal bar" ones, IMHO a '68 Camaro with 2 big, round, headlamps was one of the sharpest cars of the day.
My favorite is my 1978 Thunderbird which I took delivery of on September 21, 1977. But I like all on your list and really any car with hideaway or pop-up headlights 😀