cibie biode headlamps

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AndyPen
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Re: cibie biode headlamps

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Ronnie wrote: Tue Aug 30, 2022 7:49 pm
AndyPen wrote: Tue Aug 30, 2022 7:27 pm
Rolandino wrote: Tue Aug 30, 2022 3:14 pm Bit expensive but try : https://www.retro-uk.com/page013a.htm
Thanks, I will definitely follow that up ;-)

... and you may well find me selling a few things by the looks of it!!!!
They are sort after for works Escorts also £££ Andy I believe Wpac also did a twin reflector HL unit they were only really necessary if you were maintaining your dipped beam with your main beam (both bulbs) using a relay especially with extra high wattage bulbs.
Cheers Ronnie, I have got the old relays and some of the loom, but it is all a bit mixed up as we also had 7 inch Lucas spots at one point too. I'll be doing my own bit of spaghetti unravelling soon!! We took the front wing out in 82 I think, hence the loss of a light. Prior to that the spots were used, so I can always revert to standard as I think the Biodes were only fitted in the early 70s???
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Re: cibie biode headlamps

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Rolandino wrote: Tue Aug 30, 2022 3:14 pm Bit expensive but try : https://www.retro-uk.com/page013a.htm
Andy, think the above listing is a bit over the top in price. I sourced my Cibie Biodes from Japan, which were in less expensive price when we are talking about 500-600 a pair. The reason is the Mini Delta(famous Mini company) had some of these Biodes reproduced few years ago, so some NOS items can still be buy!
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Re: cibie biode headlamps

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And talking about biode headlights, you can have an alternative choice of Marchal Amplilux!
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AndyPen
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Re: cibie biode headlamps

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Thanks everyone, I simply want to try and get back to the original look that the car had in period. These biodes are so very distinctive, even though they were not fitted until the early 70s as far as I know, so standard pre focus lights are equally appropriate if used with the Lucas 7 inch spots.

Yes indeed Ted, silly money and I am having second thoughts now.
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I’m sure delta minis in Japan started reproducing them about 15 years ago? Let me take a look!

Edit: my suspicions were confirmed. But couldn’t find them
On their site.

https://www.theminiforum.co.uk/forums/t ... into-mini/
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Re: cibie biode headlamps

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I heard they originally stopped selling them as there was a fire at Cibie,s factory . Even the 7 inch Z180 and H180 are now out of production as well . No good headlights available now .
8662 FN Austin Mini

Yes I know it’s not original

My wife says I don’t listen to her or something like that !
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Re: cibie biode headlamps

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I've just seen this (as don't visit the forum too often)

As was mentioned by another poster...these were the preferred lights for the Ex-Works Mk1 Escorts (amongst others) and as such command a high premium nowadays, indeed...I run these very lights in my own car !

If I read correctly though...you possibly still have 1 and so only really need one more to make the pair. Is that correct ? I'm not 100% sure but I may have an odd one that I could possibly part with (at a not too silly price). Would have to check on the condition as I picked it up as a spare should I ever need it.

Did you need one with the sidelight built in or not as both versions were available in period ?
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Re: cibie biode headlamps

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Hi and a big thanks for replying.

The one remaining isn't so great, so looking for a pair ideally. Think I am sorted now, but will know for sure next week.
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