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. Commented 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
    Commented 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
    Commented Oct 11, 2018 at 18:00
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    Commented Oct 11, 2018 at 18:07

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