Re: [FWDLK] Fwd: Get Ready For Winter
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Re: [FWDLK] Fwd: Get Ready For Winter

Dodge and Plymouth offered only single headlights in 1957.

Neil Vedder

Bill Watson wrote:
All 48 states (no federal laws back then) and 10 provinces had to change their regulations to accept the 4-headlamp system. As there were still holdouts in 1956 most manufacturers elected to hold off until the 1958 model year. Thus DeSoto, Chrysler and Imperial had the choice of single or dual headlights, depending on state / provincial regulations. When the 1957 model year began, Chrysler of Canada offered the 4-beam system only on imported cars, where provinces allowed them.

Nash offered only duals in 1957, stacked duals yet, but with sales being so low I suppose AMC didn't feel it was worth offering singles. 1957 Lincolns look like they have dual headlights but the lower ones are foglamps.

Vancouver, BC

----- Original Message ----- From: Wayne Graefen
To: L-FORWARDLOOK@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
Sent: Sunday, September 27, 2009 6:03 AM
Subject: Re: [FWDLK] Fwd: Get Ready For Winter

Some early production '57 Chrysler 300Cs had single headlights. The US states were in the process of changing their headlight laws and federal law had to be approved by each state legislature. California was the last state to accept the new law due to the meeting dates of its legislature. The particular car shown happened to be sold new in California. We don't know the exact number of cars that were equipped with single lamps but not too many because the 300s didn't start production until most of the state laws got changed. Then dealers had a retrofit kit to put 4 headlights into the 2 headlamp-equipped cars and most of the cars got updated.


----- Original Message ----- From: Jan & Roger van Hoy
Sent: Friday, September 25, 2009 11:29 PM
Subject: Re: Fwd: Get Ready For Winter

The car cover in this ad shows a Chrysler 300, [I'm assuming a '57 though
the grille looks more like a '58] with single headlights. Never seen a 300
C with single headlights.

--Roger van Hoy, Washougal, WA, '55 DeSoto, '58 DeSoto, '56 Plymouth, '66
Plymouth, '41 Dodge


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