Brake lights are one of the biggest unsung heroes of motoring. Think of all those rear ends you’ve not thoughtlessly slammed into thanks to a couple of little light bulbs nestled behind a lens of red plastic. As with almost everything, somewhere out there there is a Best One, and for brake lights, I think it has to be the set installed on the 1969 Chevrolet Manta Ray concept car.
The 1969 Manta Ray concept was an evolution of the Corvette styling concept cars started in 1963 with the Mako Shark concept. Another concept, the 1965 Mako Shark II further developed the design that would eventually become the C3 Corvette’s design.