By Frank Peiler
In the early Fifties, auto designers didn’t always seem to put much thought into the back ends of the cars they were creating. The rear of the car often felt like an afterthought–just a place for a trunk and a couple of brake lights, and not much in the way of style.
That said, there were a few exceptions. Collected here are five of my favorite taillight designs. In each case, I am impressed by how well integrated the lens is into the bodywork, and how the taillights enhance the overall design of the car. Note also that all of these taillights offer an added measure of safety, as they can be seen from the side.
If your favorite early-Fifties taillights aren’t seen below, please tell us what car they’re on. If we get enough responses, we can put together a Readers’ Choice favorite-taillights post.