Originally Posted by driverjohn2005
Originally Posted by willwren
Those are European Export light configurations, and not the first we've seen of them.
Lighting regulations were different in the US which entitled US cars to have different headlights, not the standard "square" or "round" sealed beam. European countires followed suit shortly after.
That doesn't sound right. Here in Europe we have been using different shaped headlamps years before they were allowed in the US, which was 1986 IIRC. This is obvious when you look at the US and European spec cars from the '60s and '70s.
Citroen SM (European spec):
Citroen SM (US spec):
Mercedes 280SE (European spec):
Mercedes 280SE (US spec):
Jaguar XJS (European spec):
Jaguar XJS (US spec):
You get the idea. For that reason I doubt it is because the black SSE is Euro spec. I also think that if it was euro spec it would have a Euro-sized (elongated) licence plate recess. Were Bonnevilles actually sold in Europe through official dealers in the late 80s/early 90s? I know the Grand Prix and the Trans Sport were sold in Europe but I'm not sure about the Bonneville.