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1931 Buick headlight 60/80/90 Series


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For your consideration is an excellent original matching pair of 1931 Headlights for BIG series 60/80/90 cars. I don’t believe these were ever mounted. Lenses have etched Buick logo and chrome is very nice on both with no dings. Thanks to a very helpful AACA member for the additional information and accompanying chart. Happy to send additional pictures. Can bring to Hershey. This would be a wonderful opportunity to upgrade or complete a restoration. Asking $950. 






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Except for the Hella (German) lens, subtle difference in the shape of the black painted base, absence of badge bar socket fittings and it looks like there are 2 screws just above the black painted base this looks like a 1931 Buick lamp assembly for 60/80/90 series.  The wire harness connection is made right to the bottom of that threaded mounting pedestal as the headlight harness was routed up thru the frame sill covers, then thru the chrome tubular headlight stands to the bottom of the headlight mounting pedestal.  They measured 11" dia.  50 series cars had all chrome shells in 1931 as well with a separate hole in the chrome lamp shell and the wire harness came thru grommeted holes in the side of the radiator shell in flexible chrome conduit and plugged into the separate hole in the bottom of the shell.  These lamps were 10" dia.  Other clues are the absence of a reflector mounting screw in the rear center of the lamp shell that was used in 1930 and earlier lamps, the screw-less arrangement was unique to 1931.  In 1932 the shape of the headlamp shells changed and lenses (I think) were no longer flat.   I can't tell from your pictures due to the reflection, is there "Guide Tilt Ray Headlamp" nomenclature stamped on the shell and is it still legible?  The Hella trade mark and other differences noted could be because the headlight came from an export model car.   I'm guessing these are export lamps or German after market.  Cars made and sold in America had lenses marked "Tilt Ray Guide" on the bottom of the lens where yours are marked Hella. 


These are the serviceable parts lists for the original Tilt Ray Guide lamps for 30, 31 and 32.  Note the assembly numbers are all different year over year.

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60/80/90 (big series) lamps connect right thru the pedestal mount base with wire harnesses in the chrome headlamp stands.

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USA lenses are marked Tilt Ray Guide.

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Note shape difference in black painted bases, no screws anywhere on the lamp shells.  The badge bar sockets are in the center of the picture.   

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