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Re: Help with headlights, please

Posted: Fri Apr 20, 2018 5:09 am
by Erik Thomas
I doubt these are very old, as they have the "E" mark.. as in Euro.. not sure when the stated that. I would guess them to be late production, say, from the 1990's. Also possible the lenses are newer..

Re: Help with headlights, please

Posted: Sat Apr 21, 2018 10:05 pm
by Jan Kolm
Are there any date codes (most likely 3-digit) stamped on the back of the reflector or on the bucket. I have a Hella VW lens from 1967 with nearly identical markings.

Re: On headlight lenses....

Posted: Wed May 09, 2018 2:02 pm
by Greg Bryan
Just a reminder - this headlight sticky in the Main Discussion forum (top of list) is there to compile all headlight-related issues.

Re: On headlight lenses....

Posted: Mon Apr 08, 2019 3:35 pm
by Brooks Herrick
Can someone with more knowledge than I have, provide some info. regarding the headlights in the attached photos?
This is what I think I know:
Housing and reflector stamps: 35L means the 35th week of 1953
Bezel: Single rivet means pre 1954.
What appears confusing is the lens is non fluted, yet there is a bulb (non sealed beam). And...there is a VW logo on the lens. Is it possible that on early Porsche cars, VW lenses were used? Is it possible the non fluted lens was replaced with a VW clear lens? I can not find any more info as to what all the other letters and numbers mean. The underlying question is....what do I have? Thanks in advance.


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Re: On headlight lenses....

Posted: Tue Apr 09, 2019 12:53 am
by Jan Kolm
"13 L" is 13th week of 1953. The assembly should have a symmetric fluted Hella lens with no VW logo (silver painted bucket exterior and no "SB" in the part number stamped on the bucket indicates a non-sealed beam assembly).

The sealed beam lens shown is late 1955/early 1956 VW, with no "vestigial oval" in the center of the lens.

Re: On headlight lenses....

Posted: Wed Apr 10, 2019 12:27 pm
by Brooks Herrick
Thank you Jan for identifying the headlights and calling out the mismatch that has occurred between the buckets and lenses. Would you (or anyone else) happen to have a photo of the correct lens for these headlight buckets?

Re: On headlight lenses....

Posted: Wed Apr 10, 2019 1:46 pm
by James Davies
The correct lens would be a fluted lens with a very small Hella logo in an oval at the bottom.

These Hella non-sealed beam headlights were not used on Porsches in 1953. Though a good number of the sealed-beam headlights came with the fluted lenses in 1952-53.