Date: Sun, 17 Sep 2006 13:16:59 GMT
From: "Walt Kienzle" <>
Subject: Re: 9000 CS model: Additional backup lights in front indicator lights??

"Greg Farris" <> wrote in message news:eej29v$2n94$ > In article <c162g2djoumut7l6b6nbrrokssikgnhf81nospamcom>, > says... > >> >>...yes, and probably the orignal 9000 that have the bigger two colour >>(900 like) front indicator lights set must have had them too. At least >>for the North American market. In the old world side marker lights and >>cornering lights were illegal in most countries... Imported north >>American cars used to have to be adapted before being issued a license >>plate. >> >>But the later model 9K with the flatter nose has a smaller turning > > > That sounds backwards to me. My recollection is that European cars > imported to > the US had to b fitted with crappy "sealed-beam" headlights because all > their > high-performance halogen lights were illegal in the US. Cars like Citroen, > with > mechanical cornering lights had to be substantially modified for US > import. > Can't think of a North American car with cornering lights. > > GF > Maybe this is a difference in the definition of "cornering lights". By US standards, both my 1991 9000 and my 1990 Ford Taurus have cornering lights. These are fixed lights (they don't move as on Citroen) on the side of the car at the front of the wing/fender (not forward facing) which illuminate steadily when the turn signal is activated. Cadillac also offers this feature and has since the 1960's. Maybe I missed this earlier in the thread, but the lamp assembly in my 9000 that has the cornering lights also has lamps that come on while backing up. I believe that a change in the lamp design eliminated this feature around 1993. The Chevrolet Corvette is the only other car I know of that has side illumination while backing up - but they put it toward the rear of the car. Walt Kienzle 1991 9000 T (currently disabled with a blown slave cylinder)

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