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Were the lozenge lenses on 50's/60's controversial when new?

I always read about how the fins were "controversial" on the old finnies when they were knew, and not really sure why since they came at the end of the fin era in the US, unless they are referring to "a Mercedes" having fins specifically. I'm surprised to have never read about the headlamp configuration causing similar remarks, until then most headlights were simply round with the very rare exception of an Auburn with the slit units or a Cord with pop-up, and those cars were much earlier. It would seem that the original configuration of the Euro-spec lozenge lenses would stir up a firestorm in the press and public, I mean even the W210 E-class was widely noted for it's innovative large and small headlamp setup when they debuted. The US stacked headlights were also somewhat wild since the last time they were seen was on the truly exotic Facel Vega just a couple of years prior.

Anyone know of any period reporting to that affect, or better yet are old enough to remember when these cars came out new?


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