This morning, my seven-year-old asked me a question. A question a child would ask, but not a childish question: “Do any trucks have pop-up headlights?” Normally, I can answer his car questions pretty easily—how many wheels did an Isetta have, are there new Pontiacs, and so on. But this one stopped me cold. Did anyone make a truck with pop-up headlights?

Nope. Not even the Rampage.

I’m sure there’s plenty of custom and modified trucks out there rocking hidden headlights, but I’m thinking factory-built trucks. No full-size pickup truck I’m aware of ever used them, and even most car-based trucks that seem like the most probable candidate for pop-up lights (I’m saying pop-up, but thanks to outrage in the comments, I should qualify that I’m counting hidden, covered, or any sort of light that disappears in some mechanical manner), like a Dodge Rampage, always wore their lights proud and exposed.

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Still, the automotive universe is vast and mysterious—there must have been at least one attempt to bring the magic of hidden lights to a pickup truck, right?

And there was. I know it’s a risky thing to say anything definitive about cars or trucks, especially with the disturbingly well-informed readership we have, but I’m pretty sure there’s only been one mainstream, mass-market, mass-produced, factory-built truck-like vehicle that came with hidden headlights, and that vehicle is the fifth-generation Ford Ranchero, made from 1970-1971.

That era of Ranchero had a bunch of stylish options, including fake wood trim (the Ranchero Squire) and that holy truck grail, an optional grille with covered headlights.

Look at that lack of visible headlights. I seem to mostly see the covered lights with the synthwood-enhanced Squire trim, so perhaps it was commonly included with that package?

So, from what I can tell, if you want a pickup truck with factory hidden/pop-up headlights, you have precisely one model and two years of production available: A 1970 or ‘71 Ford Ranchero. That’s it.

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I’m sort of hoping one of you will prove me wrong and find something I’ve missed, but I’m racking my brain and e-racking the internet’s brain and so far, this is all I’ve got.

So, Otto, I guess the answer is yes, there were trucks with pop-up headlights. But just barely.