This photo hasn’t quite given me sleepless nights, but it’s given me plenty to think about. Those Marylin Manson tail lamps are causing me some problems with a car that I’ve already come to be quite fond of.
The thing that troubled me most was these looked so thick and so…finished. The major cause for concern was that the reflection of the fence in the black section of the plastic indicated that there wasn’t any tape on the outside of these lamps. Normally, anything that they want to cover up gets plastered with tape. We’ve seen that on the grille and the headlights. We’ve seen this black tape used to create bumps strips that weren’t really there and as cover for those vents in the front spoiler.
Yesterday I received some correspondence telling me to relax a little about the rear lights, which was a big relief, but it still raised questions in my mind. How come they do look so finished and what else is there going to be?
I don’t know the answer to the second part, but maybe I’ve got an answer to the first.
The first thing I thought of that supports the ‘relax’ theory is that these lights do actually look a bit different to the convertible tail lights we saw a few weeks ago thanks to Auto Motor and Sport……
…..although maybe they have more in common with the sedan tail lamps as seen and snapped by a Trollhattan local a short time later:
The black area on these latest tail lamps (top photo) is inconsistent with those above in that it’s a lot thicker. Either they haven’t got their final product nailed yet (not likely) or all three of these are man-made. But then why the reflections in that top shot?
In a waking moment of dazzling brilliance (cue trumpets) it dawned on me: the tape is on the inside (see comments to note that I’m not the first one to think of this).
Being on the inside of the lens it still covers that which needs to be covered whilst looking like a finished product because it doesn’t alter the consistency of the outside appearance in the light (down trumpets).
I still don’t know what it’s covering up but somehow now I feel a bit more confident that whatever’s there isn’t necessarily going to be this thick black outline that we see in the Sport Sedan at the top.
Which means I can love this car unconditionally again.