People often talk down about them being over complicated, outdated, and heavy, but when used correctly they never will see any UV damage. Never. They are protected from really any kind of damage (when down). Fun fact: a deer literally jumped out of the woods at my car soon after I bought her. You can see the indentation on my passenger side headlight: one of the only remaining scars on Arisu from the incident. No damage to the headlight itself. I was admittedly extremely fortunate to have only grazed the deer. It could have been much worse, but that is another story.

Pop up lights are sleek and effectively increase aerodynamics (again only when down; I know). In obvious truth all the practicality of them goes out the window when they are popped up, but it remains a fact they are just plain awesome regardless.

Now, most people think of 60's, 70's, 80's, and 90's cars when they think of pop up lights, but it might surprise some people to know they have actually been around since the 1930’s!

My ‘96 Miata
Photo: I own the rights

1936 was the year. Cord 810 was in production. It was one of those cars that was ahead of its time. No one really understood it enough at the time to appreciate what it was. It garnered the reputation of being unreliable and production only lasted for 2 years (second year it was the 812). Even still, it made a lasting impression in automotive production and design. Amongst other innovations such as the front wheel drive, independent front suspension, a hidden gas cap, and the horn ring (clearly the true highlight here); the 810 was the first car with pop up headlights. It was beautiful.

Kinda looks sad though. Must have been lonely being the first of its kind, especially with no one really accepting it for many years.
Image: “Cheater” of

Here’s to the Cord 810! An important piece of automotive history. Show us your pop up lights oppo!






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