I’m trying to decide whether to convert my 1967 Alfa Romeo Duetto headlights to recessed Euro-spec or keep the U.S.-spec chrome trim under the plexi covers.
While admittedly a first-world problem, I have been vexed by this question since I purchased my car in 2014. My car, S/N AR661909 (and engine AR00536.09090), was delivered with both headlight covers and chrome rings around the headlights.
When I bought the car, it had lost the covers and had regular full trim rings around the headlights. However, in the trunk I found a strange “half-trim-ring cover.” I asked Jon Norman at Alfa Parts about it, and he replied that some of the cars delivered to the U.S. before the plexi headlight coverers were banned came with these unique chrome trim rings that fit under the plexi covers. (See pictures below.)
I told Jon I had one ring, and he said, “I’ve got one too! I’ve had it for years. Do you want it?”
It became mine.
At an Alfa convention on the east coast some years ago, I saw several Alfas with these same U.S.-spec rings. I understand it is also much easier to adjust the headlights that have these external chrome rings than the recessed ones. (Of course, that begs the question of how often we actually adjust our headlights these days?)
This is a different look than the Euro-spec headlights, where the headlight buckets are recessed into the fenders and a slender circular chrome bit dresses the opening. (Also pictured.)
I had Guy Recordon of Guy’s Interior Restorations install the trim rings and the covers, and my car was now correct.
But I really prefer the more-pure Euro look of the recessed headlights. Should I take my car away from the as-delivered chrome rings setup (and install flat Carellos while I am at it)?
I have a similar dilemma with my rare, U.S.-spec 1971 Citroën DS21. It does not have covered headlights or swiveling inner headlights. It would cost about $1,200 to convert the headlights to Euro-spec. To the dismay of my fellow Citroënistas, I have decided to respect the as-delivered nature of the car and leave the headlights open.
So, what’s your opinion? Leave the slightly unattractive partial chrome rings under the plexi covers and keep the Duetto as delivered, or convert to pure Euro-recessed headlights?
I look forward to your responses to this really not-very-important-but-perplexing question.