Should we campaign for the return of “pop-up” headlights? 4

Admit that you feel a little nostalgic when you see all those headlights come out of the hood …

Until the end of the 90s, “pop-up” headlights were part of the essential styling panoply on sports cars. From the Chevrolet Corvette C2 to the incredible Cizeta Moroder V16T via the Ferrari Testarossa, the Lamborghini Countach or the Mazda MX-5, there are many sports cars who have opted for this technical choice in the last century.

For the obvious questions of aerodynamic efficiency, reliability and safety, these tilting optics have gradually been replaced by more conventional headlights. Today, LED technology makes this old system completely useless.


The fact remains that when they are activated, these tilting headlights always had an ox effect. What to feel a little nostalgia by reviewing some of these mechanisms? Who could imagine a Testarossa or a Diablo without these famous pop-up headlights? And who would dream of a contemporary supercar with such optics?