18 Cars With Incredibly Cool Headlights

Great headlight design really makes these cars... shine.

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Yesterday we asked you which headlight designs you thought were the coolest. As always, we got a ton of responses, but here are the answers we saw repeated the most.

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Alfa Romeo
Alfa Romeo Brera

The Brera hatchback is an incredibly pretty car, penned by Pininfarina. Its looks are shouldered by that mean, purposeful fascia incorporating three circular headlights lined up next to each other.

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1969 Dodge Charger. Artist Unknown. (Photo by National Motor Museum/Heritage Images/Getty Images)
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Dodge Charger

Early Chargers like this one had headlights that were mounted inside the grille rather than next to it. When not in use, the lights would be covered by a faux grille piece that made it look like the car had no headlights at all. Pretty neat stuff.

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Opel GT

The Opel GT features pretty normal round headlights—it's how they appear that's cool. Instead of flipping up like a normal pop-up, they swivel longitudinally clockwise. It catches you off-guard the first time you see it.

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The Cizetas are rarer than honest politicians, with just a tiny number built. The true production number is a secret, of course, but one of them occasionally surfaced in L.A., where its owner revved it mercilessly prior to customs officials seizing it in 2009. (1991 Cizeta-Moroder 16T pictured.)
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Cizeta V16T

Aside from having a transversely mounted 16-cylinder engine, the Cizeta V16T also has four individual pop-up lights. Because one set was simply not enough.

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Buick Riviera

The 1965 Buick Riviera is known for its unique headlight clamsheels. They open up from above and below to reveal a set of vertically stacked bulbs.

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Lamborghini Miura

At a first glance, you might not notice anything special about the Lamborghini Miura's headlights. But when you turn them on, the pods are pushed out and angled towards the road. Pretty nifty for a car designed in the mid-1960s.

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Aston Martin V12 Vanquish

The Vanquish's headlights are simple, but like the rest of the car, they ooze style. More elaborate headlights would only distract from the rest of the car and its beautiful design.

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Acura NSX

Pop-up headlights may not be all that aerodynamic, but they are always going to be cool. Acura turned them into an art form with the original NSX, designing a car that looked elegant both with its headlights up or down.

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Audi R8

The Audi R8 was not the first Audi to get LED running lights, but it was definitely the most recognizable one. These days, it seems like every CUV and family sedan has LED bling, but let's not forget which car started that trend.

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C4 Chevrolet Corvette

Unlike most pop-up headlights, which simply raise and lower to reveal projectors, the C4 Corvette's pop-ups rotate a full 180 degrees. It might not be as mechanically simple, but it sure is mesmerizing to watch.

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BMW 5 Series

Audi made LED running lights its signature style in the mid-to-late 2000s, but some years before, BMW created its own signature—angel eyes. The E39 got a mid-cycle refresh in 2001, and with it came these iconic halo running lights.

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Chevrolet Corvette Stingray

Following the success of the first-generation Corvette, the C2's styling went in a completely different direction. Its fastback coupe shape and split rear window became iconic Corvette design elements, as did its hidden headlights, which became a Corvette hallmark until 2005.

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Porsche 928

The Porsche 928's pop-up headlights are unique in that the pods remain visible, even when the lights are turned off. During the daytime, the lights lay flush with the body, giving a sleek cool look. When they're turned on, the pods flip up to point at the road in a hilariously upright fashion.

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Citroen DS

The Citroen DS was one of the most influential cars ever produced, with features like front-wheel drive, disc brakes, and a self-leveling suspension. Its front end is also dominated by a set of quad headlights that somehow manage to make four plain circles look cool. Plus, the inside headlights steer with the front wheels, a feature now associated with high-end luxury cars.

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Pontiac GTO

The Pontiac GTO is responsible for kicking off the American muscle car trend. While there have been four generations of GTO, the most iconic is of course the first. Stacked quad headlights became a trademark Pontiac feature, in part because they look so good here.

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Porsche
Porsche 718

Daytime running lights have come a long way since BMW's angel eyes. Porsche's latest take is on its renamed Boxster, the Boxster 718. In a sea of generic LED strips, the 718 stands out with its minimalist four-point design.

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Tucker 48

In the early days of car design, headlights were nothing more than round lamps that generally lit the road at night. Preston Tucker gave the Tucker 48 a center lamp that steered with the wheels to make it easier to see through turns, creating a trademark style that helped highlight the car's emphasis on safety.

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Volvo XC90

Volvo is ready to take on the likes of Audi, BMW, and Mercedes with the redesigned XC90 and upcoming S90. To help give its new cars an identity, they both get "Thor's hammer" headlights that look exactly as cool as they sound.

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