Should my Lusso's have a backup light?

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Should my Lusso's have a backup light?

Postby Greg Brendel » Thu Jan 05, 2017 12:12 pm

My Lusso does not have a back-up light but there is a hole in the body (and also one on the bumper) where it looks like it would go. (see pic). From all the Lusso pics I have looked at it seems like half of them have them and the other half don't have them installed. My car was classique certified without the light and also did not get a deduction at a recent show for not having one. Any insight?
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Re: Should my Lusso's have a backup light?

Postby Greg Brendel » Thu Jan 05, 2017 12:24 pm

I believe the backup lights for the Lusso and 275 are the same. Here is one for a 275 but it attaches with two screws and my Lusso has one opening. Is the opening for the electrical wire to go through? Does this light look correct? It has Carello lens number 18.550.717.
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Re: Should my Lusso's have a backup light?

Postby DWR46 » Thu Jan 05, 2017 3:07 pm

The light in the photo is correct for a Lusso.

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Re: Should my Lusso's have a backup light?

Postby John Vardanian » Fri Jan 06, 2017 1:48 am

Greg, if your Lusso came with a back-up light you might have an electric switch here instead of the brass plug, as shown in this picture. The hole in the rear valance is for a drain tube. There is a downspout on the corner of the filler neck surround (inside the trunk). You would have a green Cavis hose from that downspout to that hole in the valance, so spilled gas would drain onto the ground. Some cars had reversing lights right from the onset. I believe the German market cars were such. Hope this helps.

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Re: Should my Lusso's have a backup light?

Postby enio45 » Fri Jan 06, 2017 11:09 am

that trans is nicely detailed john....piece of art!!
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Re: Should my Lusso's have a backup light?

Postby John Vardanian » Fri Jan 06, 2017 2:11 pm

Thanks Ed, more importantly, it's nicely sealed and gots new synchros.
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Re: Should my Lusso's have a backup light?

Postby John Vardanian » Fri Jan 06, 2017 2:25 pm

Greg, another clue is this. There is a connection block on the left rear wheel arch. The trunk carpet will have a flap snap on it (looks like the flap on a country western shirt pocket). You unsnap it and you'll see this block. The vacancy means this car did not have a reversing light.

Greg, I recall when you got your car it had no bumpers. The rear bumper, if it came with the car would have the chassis number stamped on it.

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Re: Should my Lusso's have a backup light?

Postby Greg Brendel » Fri Jan 06, 2017 9:25 pm

Thanks John and Dyke. Here is the flap and all wires are there so looks like it should have had a backup light. The picture with the arrow shows a spare wire so maybe that it is.
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Re: Should my Lusso's have a backup light?

Postby John Vardanian » Fri Jan 06, 2017 9:55 pm

Greg, I see your red/black wire going thru the block, not like mine where it stops at the block. It looks like that loose end might be your reverse light. Put a test bulb to it and put the gearbox in reverse, see what happens. The ignition key needs to be on. I am curious, does your car have a separate steering lock?

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Re: Should my Lusso's have a backup light?

Postby tyang » Sat Jan 07, 2017 4:16 pm

John Vardanian wrote:Greg, I see your red/black wire going thru the block, not like mine where it stops at the block. It looks like that loose end might be your reverse light. Put a test bulb to it and put the gearbox in reverse, see what happens. The ignition key needs to be on. I am curious, does your car have a separate steering lock?

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On a 330 recently, I found the reverse light didn't go on unless the ignition was on, AND the lights were on! I think the 250s were wired differently, but if it doesn't work, check if it does with the lights on.

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Re: Should my Lusso's have a backup light?

Postby John Vardanian » Sat Jan 07, 2017 5:41 pm

Tom, these are Italian car oddities. I believe the engine bay courtesy lights are wired the same way.

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Re: Should my Lusso's have a backup light?

Postby John Vardanian » Sat Jan 07, 2017 5:55 pm

This is a very original German Lusso. It's on the market in the LA area, you might find better pictures of it on the net. You may want to use this as a guide for the mounting point.

A little anecdote about this car, before the respray, it had at least a dozen "Ferrari" bezels mounted all over it. I see they left one on the back panel. Otherwise, it is very untouched.

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