Twos and Fours

by kfrego

The farmhouse our family rented in 1958 was in the center of a long straight stretch on a paved rural road between Winthrop and Raymondville. There was steady traffic on the road. We would usually see a car every fifteen to twenty minutes up until about nine at night. We didn’t play near the road, but could see cars coming from a good distance in each direction. One of our constant activities after dark was watching for specific cars.

Prior to 1958 all cars had one headlight on each side and most had only one tail light on each side. The new 1958 Chevrolet completely changed the headlight and tail light configurations. The 1958 Chevrolet had a new and distinct body style like no other car. The 1958 was the only year for this body style. It is very recognizable if you see one today. The car had large chrome bumpers, wide grilles, and lots of trim chrome. It was the lights that helped make this car so unique and different from every other car on the road.

The 1958 Chevrolet had two headlights on each side. They were something to appreciate during the day. When you saw the car coming after dark with all four headlights shining it was a wonderful experience. When somebody hollered, “Here comes a new Chevy”, we would all run to a vantage point to watch the car approach from a distance. This four headlight deal was something to fascinate all of us. No one had seen this many lights on a car before. We would be lucky to see one at night every few days. It was a big event to our yard full of kids.

As the cars passed we got an extension of excitement because there were also two or three tail lights on each side in the rear of the car. Mr. Chevrolet sure had some beautiful new cars. The adventure of these fantastic cars and their lights has always stayed with me. Little did we know they were the precursors for what became standard equipment on most manufacturers cars in the next model year.

Chevy engineers hit the jackpot in 1958………how many cars can you recognize from a distance by their headlights shining today?

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