I can remember my parents having these little oval lights with the Oldsmobile emblem printed on them installed on the C pillar (on the vinyl top no less) of our 1977 Oldsmobile Cutlass. I can remember the lights had an odd name, but I have no idea what they were called back then and its driving me nuts.

Additionally, this wasn't limited to oldsmobiles. It was a trend to have these little oval or rectangular lights on the side of the car.

  • I believe the lights you describe were added to these vehicles as side markers so would assume that is the legislation under which they would fall. Oct 10, 2018 at 14:38

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I recall calling them opera lights. Maybe carriage lights as well.

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There were also opera windows.

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    Well remembered. Carriage lights, as a carry-over from the days of horse drawn carriages.
    – fred_dot_u
    Oct 10, 2018 at 14:54
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    Good memory. I honestly don't remember calling them this, but I was probably 10 years old at the time my parents were talking about them.
    – CarComp
    Oct 11, 2018 at 18:00
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    Oct 11, 2018 at 18:07

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