560SEC European light upgrade

This post is a flashback to 2009 when I upgraded the lights on my 1988 560SEC I owned while living in Michigan.

When I moved to Michigan in 2007, I bought a 560SEC.  The car was a bit rough, but Detroit is not a city you can really live in without a car, and it wasn’t expensive.  Being a midwest car, it was already a little rusty, but had been upgraded to the European headlights.

After two more Michigan winters and a few people hitting the car in bad weather, I purchased a very nice 560SEC from California to use in the summer, and the original 560SEC became my winter car. Once I had the new 560SEC, I transferred a couple of the nicer trim pieces from the winter car to the good one, and having seen how catastrophically bad the US headlights were, wanted to swap them also.  I did a lot of road trips in the new 560SEC and the US spec headlights are so dim I would consider them seriously dangerous. The euro lights on the other hand, are what the car was designed for in the first place.

Before the swap The crappy car on the right, and the good one on the left.

Headlight assemblyLeft is European, right is USA spec.

WiringThe wiring is slightly different, but can be adapted fairly easily.

Cross EyedThe difference is fairly apparent with one side done.

RustyThe midwestern car was quite rusty

FinishedFinished.  Technically the wipers are wrong, but the point is you can actually see where you want to drive.

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