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Old 06-13-2011, 03:53 PM
 
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Default What all cars and years had 4 headlights prior to 58?

Also does anyone have some good history on this issue? Were quad headlight cars only legal in some states?
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Old 06-13-2011, 07:33 PM
 
Location: Eastern Washington
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As far as I know, the regulation was changed in the US for the 1958 model year - after then, you did see a few cars with just 2 headlights, and a few trucks (the Chevy trucks generally got 2, GMC, 4) and of course the original Mustang.

I don't know of any US domestic market cars MY 1957 or earlier that had quad headlights. Maybe in Canada, not certain.

The point of quad headlights is to have the high beam only lights focused "dead on" for the single high-beam filament. Any light with both a low and high beam filiment has to be focused on one, or the other, or a compromise between the 2.
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Old 06-13-2011, 09:08 PM
 
Location: Anchorage, Alaska
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Interesting topic...Google "1957 Oldsmobile" and take a look at a head on close-up. Check out the grille. You could call them "fog lights" but they could be illuminated simultaneously with the headlights...
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Old 06-13-2011, 11:09 PM
 
Location: Northridge/Porter Ranch, Calif.
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The fabulous 1957 Chrysler 300-C had 4 headlights.
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Old 06-14-2011, 05:14 AM
 
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57 Lincoln
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Old 06-14-2011, 10:44 AM
 
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If you don't mind counting pick up trucks, I believe some 1957 Ford trucks had quad headlamps.
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Old 06-15-2011, 11:44 AM
 
Location: Southwest Pa
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The fabulous 1957 Chrysler 300-C had 4 headlights.

But not all, some had two headlights. Chrysler designed the '57 models to be adaptable to the four light setup and sold those in states where four lights were legal. Some early model year 300C's did have two lights to be sold in states where four were illegal, very rare though.
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Old 06-15-2011, 01:11 PM
 
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Yes that was what I was alluding to as I've also heard Imperials did that. Do you know which states? As far as Mopar was it just 300s and Imperials? What about other brands? Did any '56s have the quad headlights available, I'm thinking I've atleast seen some concepts with them?
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Old 06-16-2011, 06:43 PM
 
Location: Eastern Washington
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Well, you guys taught me something here, proves how GM-centric I am when it comes to '50's cars. AFIK, GM only went to 4 headlights in 58, and did it on most of the 58 models, if not all. But clearly some Ford and MoPar cars did have 4 headlights, or at least the pictures in the ads showed them with 4.

Anyone know which states allowed 4 headlights before it became nationwide? Not sure how to search for that.
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Old 07-25-2011, 05:03 PM
 
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Default American Auto lamps

I was a young auto enthusiast of the Fifties who kept up on all the new models and changes and remember both 1957 and 1958 American autos on the road with dual and quad headlamps.

Interesting reading about the lighting monoply founded back in the late 1930s that kept all those superior European lamps from these shores til after the second American Lighting change in 1978
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