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7 Best Taillights of all Time

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As a young kid, I remember riding in my mom's Honda Accord. It was a routine drive home, much like what I had done every day for the preceding months. Except for one thing. I hear a rumble in the distance, and soon a distinctive v10 howl blasts past my window. I see a flash of red as a pair of very recognizable taillights hove into view. A Huracan. That tri-bar design stuck with me, and it has me thinking. What is the best set of taillights of all time? That one you can easily spot out the few times you may see them. Here are my top 7 in order.

1981 model shown

1981 model shown

7: DELOREAN DMC-12

Maybe not what you were all expecting, but these are one of the most recognizable taillights you will ever see. Whether we've seen one in person or just on the silver screen, these lights invoke a certain emotional response. While there are many headlights in this style, I thought these were most distinctive, alongside the 86' Camaro. I hope to see this style reincorporated in modern design somehow.

2017 model shown

2017 model shown

6: 6th Generation Ford Mustang

The Mustang was one of the first options on my mind when I was creating this list. The three vertical light configuration has been one of the defining characteristics of the Mustang, alongside the hooded headlights and impeccable crowd control. The models that have been released in recent years have been given a function recognizable by many. Instead of a tradition yellow signal, the three lights turn on from the inside out to signal a turn. This seems to have made them even more recognizable.

2017 model shown

2017 model shown

5: 2017 Ford GT

Yup. I had to do it. I may be a little biased to this car, because I think its one of the best looking cars from the 2010's, but this car had to make an appearance on this list. One thing that seems to make these lights so evocative is not just their shape. Its their glow. I am not sure how Ford did it, but these taillights glow a red-orange I have never seen on another car. This makes them instantly recognizable, despite their common circular shape.

1991 model shown

1991 model shown

4: 1990 Honda NSX

A personal JDM favorite, the early 90's NSX is easily recognizable by its taillights. While they may have seemed like a quirk back in the day, those small upturned corners are a crucial part to this design. They perfectly outline the spoiler and echo the sleek super car silhouette. The NSX kept this design faithfully throughout its 15 yer run. When a new NSX was rumored years ago, I hoped to see this classic piece of design to yet again make an appearance, but it was to no avail. Sad, but at least we got this sweet design while we could.

2005 Model Shown

2005 Model Shown

3: 2005 TVR Sagaris

This may come as a surprise to some of you, that this is so high on my list or that it is on my list at all. These taillights are often overshadowed by the Maserati Coupe from the early 2000s. I chose the Sagaris over the Coupe for two main reasons. For one, I think that any car with LEDs back then tends to look very outdated now. And two, The car as a whole looks better. It doesn't matter if a car has an amazing back end if the front is as lackluster as the Maserati's. Hopefully you all agree.

2017 model shown

2017 model shown

2: Alpine A110

This could have very easily been my number one choice. the sleek shape somehow saves this cars design. while the twin headlights that adorn the front are okay, these taillights are stunning. While the designers could have chosen to fill the lights with a solid red, as most do, they decided to use a dualistic parallel design that shouldn't work but somehow does. They took a bland design and made it memorable.

2015 model shown

2015 model shown

1: McLaren P1 GT Longtail

Look at it. I mean REALLY look at it. Mclaren took such a simple one-layer design and turned it into a masterpiece. It has a menacingly beautiful quality to it. its seemingly terrifying, but it draws you in. Whenever I see this car, chill runs throughout my body leaving me always the slightest bit shaken. That is the reason it occupies the number one spot. It makes me feel like a little kid again.

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Comments (25)

  • Italian asses... Not everyone's favorite but marked my automotive history when I was a kid.

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  • Hope you all liked it!

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  • I didn't even know that the P1 GT Longtail even existed but it looks quite capable

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  • Very nice list!

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  • The IE’s taillights are way better than the Sagaris’s

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