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Old 11-08-2014, 12:24 AM
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Ok, I've been sitting on this idea for ages and keeping it for myself. But unfortunately for me they're not legal in my local state, indeed most if not all of Australia.

Cadillac Tail Lights

Now unfortunately the auction on eBay isn't active anymore, besides, they're in NSW, Australia (and even local to me), but I had the idea of sharing the idea with you guys since I can't uses them here. And I'm sure you could find a pair much cheaper over there as well.

As to why they're not legal here, the indicator isn't amber. As they're US tail lights, they're red not orange. At the least the indicator needs to be clear with an amber bulb to be road legal.

These lights are 16" long, each. Now they're vertical in the donor car I'm fairly sure, but horizontal across the back of a Sterling, they should look great I think.

And here's one in the US, for $30.
Cadillac DeVille or Fleetwood.




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Old 11-08-2014, 08:33 PM
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Yep, thought about those many times myself. I think they'd work.
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Old 11-08-2014, 10:11 PM
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Turned sideways I think these would look cool too.

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Old 11-14-2014, 10:59 AM
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Yep, thought about those many times myself. I think they'd work.
I looked at those when I was searching for tail lights. If I remember they were a little too long for what I was looking for and they had an arch to them that didn't fit the curves of the body.
I see them all the time in the yards here, if you want any dimensions from them let me know and next time I go I'll get them. They go for $16.50 here

The other day I was looking at tail lights because I was thinking of changing what I have for something that would look better with the new look of the back and came across these.

1997 Camry
They are about 4" wide and I think about 17" long(don't hold me to that).
The corner curve looks real close to that of the sterlings
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These pop up now and then in the yard so they aren't to hard to find and mounting isn't that bad. They are a pretty compact unit.
The right side has a hole for the trunk key/lock and I was thinking of using that for a lock for the engine cover.
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Old 11-14-2014, 12:19 PM
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I think those Camary lights fit the straight across styling of the Sterling rear nicely. If the wrap around portion fits the body lines it looks like a winner. I was looking on the way home from work yesterday at various car taillights. There was a late model Audi that caught my eye - looked like it had possibilities? Might have been an A6? Couldn't catch the model (4-door), but had a fairly narrow rectangular light shape.
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Old 11-14-2014, 12:33 PM
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Maybe the vintage 70's Chevy Monza lights would work? A little hard to find these days, but looked good on the Manta Montage.
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looked good on the Manta Montage.
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Old 11-14-2014, 11:31 PM
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I like early style Buick Century taillights as used on this car
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Old 11-15-2014, 05:23 PM
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Another idea: '79-87 El Camino tail light assemblies. I bet they would be near perfect!

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Old 11-15-2014, 05:30 PM
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These ideas are all good.
However, what i see when I see these choices are hard to find lights that are quickly moving or having already moved into the Classic car market. This would make finding them more and more difficult and expensive as time goes on. Why not shop for sources a little newer, cheaper, and more plentiful?
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