You can discuss taste, but you can’t argue about it. Because what some of us like, others don’t have to. Not even if you hear all the different reasons. If you don’t like it, you don’t like it. Period. That’s why the following comparison is intended as food for thought and a “poll” if you like, not to judge – and certainly not to sway opinion. How would that even work if it’s about taste? Today we are talking about dual headlights. They’ve always been around and they always will be. Some find them great, others rather superfluous. Hands up. What about you?
When I look back at the period of time spanning my life, dual lamps at the front of a car were always regarded as something racy and sporty. When the rather plain VW K70 was also offered with round dual headlights, its angular frame immediately had a touch of Italian class to it. Or let’s take the coupés from BMW with their shallow, pointed shark noses. Round dual headlights that look a bit fierce – a real candidate for the fast lane. Even the BMW 3 series had dual headlights, and were later on also used as round parking lights. Great. The DeLorean came with dual angular lights; it only would have looked half as good with ordinary lights. That’s my opinion anyway. At the same time, American bread-and-butter sedans such as the Chevy Caprice or Ford LTD still look like tanks despite their dual lights. A question of the model, shape, design, and – taste.
There was a global outcry when, after the W 124, Mercedes-Benz gave its new E-Class W 210 a “four-eyed face” and even scooped up a Red Dot award for the design. I liked the four eyes. There was another global outcry when, as part of the 2013 redesign, the dual headlights in the successor’s successor W 212 were lumped together again into one unit. There’s always a global outcry when something changes. An SL also looks sporty and classy with single headlights; various US versions with dual headlights on the other hand … well, it’s all a matter of taste. An old Ford Mustang can look good and understated with single round lights. A Ferrari F430 doesn’t need dual lights, even though that’s how they pretty much look behind the single-piece cover. And do you know off the top of your head what pops up in an old Testarossa? Well? Dual headlights. So which is it now?
It’s still the case today that the smaller the vehicle, the less likely are two separate lights on each side. For space reasons alone. Today, dipped beam and fog lights are often integrated into one unit. A long time ago, extra halogen headlights in the grille were considered either sporty or luxurious. There’s really no rule for this. So our question to you is: what do you think of classic dual headlights? Feel free to tell us your favorite models. Or tell us which cars definitely look better with single lights. We are curious. And at the end of the day … it all comes down to taste.
What Fritz says about the topic you can read here