For this week's community question, we want to know your choice for the best tail light design you've ever seen on a car. Maybe you have a personal connection to some light design, maybe you saw something in a magazine, or maybe you just saw a 1959 Cadillac at a car show and said, "oh man, that's stunning!"
Whatever it may be, we'd love to hear your thoughts on the best tail light designs of all time.
These made quite the impression on me in my adolescence. Maybe someone did them earlier, and others have wonderful modern LED versions. But for innovative style and impact I haven’t seen them done better…
No argument, even though not my personal fave - but if you did a blind poll of car show attendees, I'm pretty certain that the largest percentage would vote for (or at least recognize) them...
For me it's the Triple Tower Tail lights on the fins of '57 - '58 DeSoto Adventurer and Fireflite. I've had a tail light shot as my screen saver on my cellphone for over 6 years now....I'd call it an obsession.
@chrisgall65 - also my personal favorite. But maybe as much because of the entire fin look as just the taillights themselves. The entire package is what attracts me. In my mind, these were the epitome of the fin/rocket-lights look. Much more subdued than the '59 Caddy and others of the period, but still dramatic and impossible-not-to-notice.
The 1961-63 Thunderbird taillights look like a rocket engine ready for takeoff, especially at night.
In fact, Ford is still using that same basic theme on their current supercar, the Ford GT.
I currently own a 1973 Monte Carlo the tail lights are a one of a kind, and very little parts will fit it! That year was the first Body and it is 1.5 in longer than the rest of them. 73 thru 77 resemble each other in looks.
I like understated, so my favorites are the '67 Pontiac Gran Prix and the similar style on the GTO. I always thought they had a nice frenched custom look. Speaking of the '67 GP, the etched logo on the front window glass was a pretty cool "custom" touch, too. Oh yeah, and the rounded door corners; all classic customizing tricks!
For me, it was the 1958 Eldorado Biarritz convertible and the 1959 Buick. I know everyone thinks of the 1959 Cadillac, but at the time (I'm 74) I thought they were excessive.
It's difficult to beat the '59 Caddilac tail lights, but for Honorable mention; I'd say any Desoto tail light from the fins era. They were all excellent. Also the Dodge Coronet tail lights from '65-70. Loved all of them.
Also the '66 Pontiac Lemans taillight. Another classic!
All great answers. Let’s face it 50/60 s taillights are all iconic and never will be duplicated. They were all an important part of styling for those years
love those fin era tailighting
Although wildly popular, the '59 Caddy's bullets are a little too grandiose for my taste. I've always been partial to clean simple designs such as the '41 Studebaker
I like simple. My two favorites are the 1970- 73 Camaro and the 1967 - 69 Mustang. Simple and understated, did not detract from the clean lines of either car.
My mother-in-law had a white over red '61 Newport convertible that was a real head turner. I could have killed her when she sold it to some guy who stopped her on the street.
For me it's the 1991 Geo Storm. My ex had that car, and the day those taillights disappeared over the horizon, I was struck with a blissful euphoria like I've never experienced before.