On headlight lenses....

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Re: On headlight lenses....

#121 Post by Richard Emerson » Sun Feb 02, 2020 6:07 pm

What’s the market price for the correct lens for a 1956-58 ?

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#122 Post by Jan Kolm » Mon Feb 03, 2020 10:50 am

Richard Emerson wrote:
Sun Feb 02, 2020 6:07 pm
What’s the market price for the correct lens for a 1956-58 ?
There are three known types of Hella U.S. market lenses used between 1956-58 and the price varies greatly on condition and whether quality reproductions exist.
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Re: On headlight lenses....

#123 Post by tom collingwood » Mon Feb 03, 2020 11:20 pm

i have a lens stash... im going to dig through it and see what i have.

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#124 Post by tom collingwood » Sat Feb 08, 2020 12:05 am

here are my lenses. Any idea what year and model they are for?
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Re: On headlight lenses....

#125 Post by James Davies » Sat Feb 08, 2020 1:13 am

Hi Tom,

The lenses in IMG_8577 (left side, small Hella logo) and in IMG_8587 are correct for USA delivery cars mid-1956 through at least early 1957.

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#126 Post by Jan Kolm » Sat Feb 08, 2020 3:30 pm

Agree with James on the 1956-57 lens.
All of the "SB19 SB20 SB21" lenses are 1964 or later. VW and Porsche used the same lens.
The "1-592" lens is aftermarket "Reluma" brand.
The "E1.0671.01" VW lens is ~1957-59.
The symmetric Hella lenses are pre-1961 VW or pre-1959 356 (I'm not sure to what extent Hella was a supplier of headlights for the home market, if at all). They could also be for post-1958 RHD 356s...
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#127 Post by paul vantol » Sat Feb 15, 2020 11:19 am

Can anyone comment on what front turn signals should look like for an early 1953 car?
My understanding is that the glass should be clear plastic?
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Re: On headlight lenses....

#128 Post by James Davies » Wed Feb 19, 2020 12:35 am

Hi Paul, the first beehives on the 1953 model cars were clear plastic. Not pebbling inside. Pebbling came with the 1954 model year and the horn grills. They are short at 29mm tall.

There's a supplier for aftermarket Mercedes, which also used SWF signals. These are the closest I've found

https://www.ebay.com/itm/151719964093

I suspect this is similar

https://www.authenticclassics.com/Merce ... 003479.htm

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