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Old 10-11-2012, 08:31 AM   #1
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Default The Five Freshest Taillights of the 40s



If you look at American car taillights from the 1920s, they are almost all pretty much round and simple. They varied in size (larger for luxury cars), but were treated as somewhat of an afterthought, bolted onto the back fender mainly because it was ...

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Old 10-11-2012, 08:49 AM   #2
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Default Re: The Five Freshest Taillights of the 40s

Always been a huge fan of the 39 Ford Taillights,,and of course the Lincoln Zephyr. HRP
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Old 10-11-2012, 08:53 AM   #3
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Default Re: The Five Freshest Taillights of the 40s

I think the 39 Ford taillights are over done. I am fan of the 40 Ford's chevron design.
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Default Re: The Five Freshest Taillights of the 40s

1941 Studebakers... perfection.

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Old 10-11-2012, 09:05 AM   #5
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Default Re: The Five Freshest Taillights of the 40s

You've got my favorite in your list, but I'd also like to add the '48 Ford as a currently-underused traditional taillight for a hot rod. Simple yet elegant shape that works on any flat surface.
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Old 10-11-2012, 09:13 AM   #6
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Man that's a damn good lookin' Stude!
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Old 10-11-2012, 09:14 AM   #7
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I do love the Stude tailights on the back of a 40 Ford! Hard to find and expensive so I guess I'll stick with the chevrons!
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I will hunt for my photo, but a set of 62 corvette tail lights molded into the fender look like they almost belong there.
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Old 10-11-2012, 10:12 AM   #9
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40 Ford get my vote.
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Old 10-11-2012, 10:18 AM   #10
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Default Re: The Five Freshest Taillights of the 40s

Wasn't the so-called '39 taillight introduced on the '38 models ?

Is the '40 Chev taillight to which you refer perhaps the '41-'48 ?...that is what I have seen most often on Model A's and '32's......although the simplicity and elgance of the '40 Chev lamp is beautiful, the base is contoured and not often seen on other cars.

The '41 Stude is teriffic!

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Old 10-11-2012, 10:22 AM   #11
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Default Re: The Five Freshest Taillights of the 40s

Love me some 1936 De Soto or Chrysler tail lights - doors and lens set into the tailpan of a 1928-32 Ford coupe or roadster like dreddybear's....






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Old 10-11-2012, 11:53 AM   #12
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41 Studebaker taillights are great. I've been looking for a pair for a long time now, no luck yet.
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Old 10-11-2012, 12:00 PM   #13
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Default Re: The Five Freshest Taillights of the 40s

I used to really like 40 ford tail lights and they still work for me in some applications. I think it is the Chevron thing, like the gas station.

I think it is interesting that in '38 they still only had one tail light, at least on the standard. I never really thought about it as most hot rods have two these days. I like the '38 lights.
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Old 10-11-2012, 01:12 PM   #14
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Default Re: The Five Freshest Taillights of the 40s

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Love me some 1936 De Soto or Chrysler tail lights - doors and lens set into the tailpan of a 1928-32 Ford coupe or roadster like dreddybear's....







LOVE these.
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Old 10-11-2012, 01:34 PM   #15
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Default Re: The Five Freshest Taillights of the 40s

Here´s a pair Ilike. 39 Studebaker Commander. Fits perfect on 35-36 Ford fenders.




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Old 10-11-2012, 01:42 PM   #16
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Old 10-11-2012, 01:53 PM   #17
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your 1941 Stude lights await.

I had heard that there were repops out there. Still pretty $alty for me though!!
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Old 10-11-2012, 01:55 PM   #18
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You've got my favorite in your list, but I'd also like to add the '48 Ford as a currently-underused traditional taillight for a hot rod. Simple yet elegant shape that works on any flat surface.
Hear hear, probably my favorite, especially on hot rods. They're just the right size and shape... In fact, I've used them so often that most others are starting to look "out of place" to me...




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Old 10-11-2012, 02:00 PM   #19
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Default Re: The Five Freshest Taillights of the 40s

Threads like this are great. Often small details like taillights and alike really stand out. I cringe every time I see LED oblong or round trailer lights on an old car.
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Default Re: The Five Freshest Taillights of the 40s

47 ish kiaser taillight, kinda a refined 41-48 chevy taillight, i love em, i put em on the back of my 32 coupe.
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