A car is approaching you on a dark, desert highway. As it moves closer, you can't help but notice that the distinctive headlights of the vehicle give it away. What kind of car is it? Take this quiz to find out if you could identify any car just from its headlights!
These days, many vehicles have LED headlights, and, let's be honest, those hurt. But, if you can keep your eyes on the approaching vehicle long enough or if you are lucky enough to get a glimpse of these cars during the day, you might just notice that the headlights are so distinctive that they are easily identifiable as being part of that car. We've all found ourselves being impressed by such a small part of a car. After all, that's why car designers get paid the big bucks. Car headlights are not just functional, they're part of the overall picture of the vehicle.
Remember the pop-up headlights? Although you don't see them very often anymore, these headlights were well known for getting stuck in the wrong position, leaving the driver with a one-eyed view of the road at night. Maybe that's why they're not widely used any longer.
Take this quiz to find out how many of these cars you can identify from their headlights!
Porsches are one of the world’s leading sport car brands and are well-known for their beautiful cars. The 991 Carrera S, introduced in 2011 is no different with some beautiful lines on display. And the headlights just compliment with their oval shape and two-light cluster, one on top of the other.
Jaguar has always produced beautiful cars and the F-type, released in 2013, is certainly no different. In fact, many think it is the most beautiful Jaguar ever designed. This sports car is available as both a 2-door roadster and fastback coupe. Both models have lights that almost look like cat's eyes, which of course makes sense for a vehicle named Jaguar!
The Clio has been a very popular compact car option within Europe for the past two decades. Available in a range of configurations, the Clio sold over 310,000 units in 2016 alone. As with many modern cars, the headlights seem to sweep backward into the body panels.
The iconic Mini first saw the light of day in 1959. This small car proved to be very popular over the next four decades, undergoing a number of upgrades. The last of these cars rolled off the production line in the late 1990s. Mini headlights were nothing spectacular but fitted the overall aesthetics of the car perfectly.
Now in its seventh generation, the 5-series was introduced in 1972. Larger than the 3-series, this was the first model to use the number naming convention employed by BMW to this day. It features headlights that sweep backward toward the side body panels with two distinct light clusters and single tube lighting for parking lights.
The Mercedes Benz A Class is a very popular option in the compact car segment. It features a sleek flowing design, with the headlights on the 2018 model noticeably slanting upward from front to back at an angle.
Not only an exceptional 4x4 off-roading vehicle but easy to drive and with tons of comfort, the Grand Cherokee Overland has large 18-inch wheels as standard. Two engine options are available, either a 2.4 liter producing 184 brake horsepower or a 3.2 liter V6 belting out 271 brake horsepower. And the headlights match the car perfectly. Rectangular in shape, they are big and bulky just like the Cherokee.
Largely acknowledged as one of the best off-roaders ever, the FJ40 Land Cruiser was produced between 1974 and 1993. It had very simple, round headlights that fitted the overall look perfectly.
A car more iconic than the Volkswagen Beetle is pretty difficult to name, right? Produced for a period of over 65 years, the last rolled off the production line in 2003 in Mexico. The Beetle, with its very unique shape for the time, had very simple headlights - round and practical.
The C Class first hit the road in 1993. Currently, the fourth generation W204 it is available as either an estate, sedan, convertible or coupe.
Alfa makes some of the most beautiful cars ever conceived, and the Quadrifoglio is no different. Even the headlights are spectacular as they narrow and taper towards the middle of the hood. And the Quadrifoglio is no slouch either. It races from 0-60 mph in under 5 seconds thanks to its 2.9-litre turbo petrol engine which produces 503 brake horsepower!
Although Volvo as a company has been in existence since 1914, it only produced its first car in 1927. Makers of some of the safest cars on the roads the Volvo V40 hatchback is certainly no different. And it looks stunning as well with beautiful flowing lines. And the headlights? Well, with many designs these days, they shape toward the back of the car, flowing into the side body panels.
Designed for the European market as well as other parts of the world, the first Fiesta was produced in 1976. Currently, the latest model, the seventh-generation Fiesta is the little brother to the Focus. The Fiesta has a unique headlight design that is longer than most and sweeps backward at almost a 45-degree angle.
Developed in conjunction with the Formula 1 team, McLaren, the SLR made its debut in 2003 and was built until 2010. With a 5.4 L supercharged M155 SLR V8 under the hood and a manual gearbox, the SLR was somewhat of a monster and generated over 600 brake horsepower! And with that monster under the hood, if anyone saw your headlights they would have noticed the unique figure 8 design!
A Chevrolet global brand, the Cruze (second generation) is also available in the United States where it is a fairly popular model. It is powered by a 1400 cc petrol engine that produces an impressive 154 brake horsepower. Style-wise, it's your run-of-the-mill modern sedan although it has impressively long and slanting headlights.
The Escape forms part of the very competitive compact crossover market. But it's not only in the United States the Escape is popular. Marketed under the name Kuga, the vehicle is sold in Europe, South African and Australia to name a few overseas markets. It has those rugged looks and sleek lines you would expect from a modern SUV. And nothing special for the headlights, just big and bulky while remaining fairly sleek.
The muscle car revolution of the 1960s brought about the iconic Dodge Charger. Still today, the Charger, in its seventh generation, takes on its traditional rivals, the Corvette and the Mustang. And it's not always just about the grunt, it's about looks as well. The current Charger certainly looks the part with headlights that almost seem to form part of the front grill.
The two-door Barracuda was a muscle car and was manufactured between 1964 and 1974. The first generation was noted for its wraparound back window. As for headlights, nothing fancy, just two regular round headlights set in the front grill.
The Model T put a car within reach of ordinary people. Thanks to Henry Ford using interchangeable parts and a production line, the price for the Model T made it affordable. Of course, today we look back and wonder how people rode around in something so ungainly. But this is a true classic.
The brainchild of Carroll Shelby, the Cobra first revved in anger in 1962. It was based on a lightweight body that he imported from the AC Cars and bolted a Ford 260 engine to it. And the rest is history! In the years that followed, Shelby used bigger engines which brought about a car with nimble handling and lots and lots of power.
After initially competing in the crossover (mid-sized) category from its introduction in 2004, the 2018 model of the Equinox will now feature in the compact crossover class. The Equinox is available with either 1500 cc or 2000 cc petrol engine or a 1600 turbo diesel powerplant. The 2000 cc petrol motor produces an impressive 252 brake horsepower.
With its four box-like headlights, massive air scoop and sleek lines, the Pontiac Firebird Trans Am certainly looked the part. And car lovers bought it in droves with over 100,000 sold in 1979 alone.
Sturdy round rugged headlights set into body panels for a sturdy, tough truck!
Sadly discontinued in 2009, Pontiac, a General Motors brand has produced some iconic names in motoring and none more so than its GTO. The first models, released in 1964, were available in a convertible, hardtop and coupe.
Remember "Wayne's World," that iconic slacker movie from the 1990s? Remember Garth's car? Yes, that was a Pacer! Thanks to that one appearance, the Pacer has developed quite a cult following.
A civilian version of the Humvee military vehicle, the Hummer H1 hit the roads in 1992. This big, blocky vehicle had small round lights that were swallowed up by its huge grill!
Based on the same platform of two of Toyota’s excellent off-roading options, the 4Runner and the FJ Cruiser, the GX likes to be off-road as much as on it. And headlights are important when flying through the mud, not only for your visibility but for others. The GX features two large lights which will no doubt help with visibility both ways.
Since the Golf Mk 1 hit the roads in 1974, this iconic German brand has continued to thrill motorists the world over. The Mk 1 was a classic box design where all those angles were offset by the use of round headlights.
Introduced by BMW in 1975, the 3-series is one of the German car makers top selling brands. In fact, worldwide, over two million of these vehicles have been sold in the last 60 months. And it’s not difficult to see why. This model has everything you would expect from a BMW plus a whole lot more.
A four-door luxury sedan, Porsche introduced the Panamera in 2009. Don’t worry, the German sports car makers aren’t selling out. The Panamera still has that German power that you associate with the brand. In fact, the S model includes a 4.8 liter turbo engine producing 542 brake horse power.
The iconic Mercedes Benz company came about in 1925 with the merger of Benz & Cie and the Daimler-Motoren-Gesellschaft (DMG) company. The company has produced many models over the years, but the B Class is one of their newer ones first introduced in 2005. This sports tourer features some sleek lines and is a very different-looking model to many of the other Mercedes efforts.
Like its smaller counterpart the Fiesta, the Ford Focus was designed for the European market, The Focus is available in a host of models with the top of the range ST a real boy racer!
A hybrid sports car introduced in 2014, the i8 not only is impressive in terms of what it does on the road, it also looks spectacular!
Launched in 2012, the Opel Adam competes in the city car class. This three-door hatchback has three powerplant options from 1.0 liter to 1.4 liter. Although the name may seem a little strange, the Adam is named after the founder of the company, Adam Opel. In terms of headlights, the Adam has nothing special. In fact, they are very similar to a range of other European designs. But who is copying who?
A two-seat rear wheel drive sports car from Porsche, the Cayman was introduced in 2006.
Built by Italian firm Pagani, the Zonda sports car had a unique look when introduced in 1999. This was partly thanks to its interesting profile and also thanks to its headlights, which almost looked like four sets of bug eyes.
1,311 Ferrari F40s were produced between 1987 and 1991. Many consider this to be the finest Ferrari ever. The F40 was powered by a 2.9 liter twin turbo V12 capable of producing 471 brake horsepower. If we were honest, it might have looked a little cooler with pop up headlights. It was the '80s after all.
The history of this model traces back to 1963, but the current generation, the VI, really stands out. The top of the range model features a 3.8-liter twin-turbo V8 that pushes out an astonishing 523 brake horsepower ... for a sedan!
Since its inception in 1953, the Corvette brand has been the jewel in the Chevrolet crown. Perhaps the most famous of all the generation of the Corvette is the Mk II Stingray, which was produced by the company between 1963 and 1967. And of course, this is a classic thanks to its awesome pop-up headlights.
Arguably the most iconic muscle car ever, the Mustang was first released in 1964. It proved one of the most popular debuts ever and within a year, 400,000 units had been sold, which quadrupled Ford’s sale estimates.
There is no doubt that the Vanquish in an incredible car to look at. And while many aspects of it add to that look, it's the headlights that really give it a sense of unique styling and even speed while standing still. This is thanks to the way they spread backward and seem to go on forever. Break one of those lenses and it's going to cost you, however.
A compact crossover SUV, the Range Rover Evoque was first launched in 2011. There is no doubt that this is one stylish car, with its sloping roof most notable. That said, it has some impressive-looking, funky headlights as well. Over 88,000 were sold in Europe in the first 12 months.
One of the most iconic vehicles ever produced by Chevrolet was the Belair. Manufactured between 1955 and 1957, it will always be remembered for its fantastic trim and those beautiful pointy tailfins.
A large part of any Porsche design is the headlights, and the Spyder is no different. And there is nothing fancy here, just large, understated headlights. But they do everything to make the Spyder look even better.
This Lexus SUV has been in production since 1995. Currently in its third generation, over the years, the vehicle featured a number of components that have made it a more than capable off-roader. These include crawl control and an anti-locking system for multiple terrains and hill-start assists.
The Cayenne, a luxury crossover SUV, certainly raised eyebrows when it was released in 2002. It produced a number of first for the company in that it was the first four-door vehicle ever produced and the first off-road machine designed and built by Porsche.
The CTS is a beautiful-looking car, no doubt helped by its headlights. Like many other modern cars, the headlights extend backward. These do it on the top and not on the side, however.
Lamborghini makes incredibly beautiful cars and the Gallardo could be the best of all. Produced between 2003 and 2013, the second generation of the car was powered by a 5.2-liter V10. Lamborghini even released a convertible, the Spyder, with a fully automated soft top.
First manufactured in 1967, the Camaro is one of the most popular Chevrolet models ever. This muscle car has seen six different generations although there was a break in production from 2002 to 2010. The current Camaro offers three different engine configurations, with the SS sporting a 6.2 liter V8 capable of producing 455 brake horsepower.
There is no doubt the Cascada has a unique-looking front end. That is partly due to the grill, the design and angles used as well as the headlights that taper backward and seem to go on for miles.