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Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by skinny pedal, Apr 16, 2017.

  1. skinny pedal
    Joined: Dec 23, 2016
    Posts: 90

    skinny pedal

    What is this light on driver side dash? I think it's a 56 Cadillac [​IMG][​IMG]

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  2. hotrawd
    Joined: Jan 24, 2007
    Posts: 193

    from lima,ohio

    It's not a light. It's the sensor for automatic headlamp dimming.
  3. Fordors
    Joined: Sep 22, 2016
    Posts: 3,774


    The name GM gave it was Autotronic headlight dimmer, and yes it dimmed your brights automatically when another car approached.
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  4. The Autronic Eye.
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  5. skinny pedal
    Joined: Dec 23, 2016
    Posts: 90

    skinny pedal

  6. We had 'em back in the 50s [I had one on my 56 Olds 98 convertible] and the car makers advertise them on the new luxury cars like they were just invented! To be fair...the control box was big! Was full of relays, points and electro-mechanical parts. The new ones are super tiny solid state affairs and work much better.
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  7. lucas doolin
    Joined: Feb 7, 2013
    Posts: 442

    lucas doolin

    Had one on a 1953 Olds Super 88 convertible. There was one traffic light at a roundabout in "Manchester-by-the-sea" that made it go crazy, flashing the lights from bright to dim several times until I got past it.
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    Joined: Mar 21, 2014
    Posts: 711

    from okc

    Cadillacs have everything...
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  9. 49ratfink
    Joined: Feb 8, 2004
    Posts: 18,097

    from California

    I had the misfortune of testing one on my 62 Cadillac when the approaching car was a cop car. that was when I discovered it did not work right and blinked the hi beams off and on continuously. when I told him I was testing my autotronic eye, he asked me how much I had to drink that night.
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