|Luxor Le Martelé taillight. Photo by J Ferguson|
Unfortunately, modern taillights are invariably plastic and utilitarian in nature. Compass Bicycles had a recent post bemoaning the indifference to elegance in contemporary taillight offerings. If you want a nicely designed light suitable for your modern classical build, you're looking at acquiring something vintage (these options from Kimura notwithstanding). If you're into classic randonneuring bikes, then vintage options can get very expensive.
Although I'm partial to the fender-mounted teardrop-shaped Luxor lights, I also really like the JOS tail lamps, especially the Fu model. Here is a beautiful example from Flickr:
|JOS Fu taillight. Photo by spoke sniffer.|
This would obviously be equipped with an LED, so the protruding bulb holder with it's knurled binding post isn't required, although it might be nice to incorporate it. The bracket might be a bit of a challenge to have made, but the body could be turned on a lathe without much trouble. The lens, on the other hand, would have to be injection molded, which is associated with high setup costs for unrealistically large volumes. Perhaps a 3D printer could produce something that might work. For now, my classically inspired taillight design will have to remain in silico. What do you think? Does the world need a new taillight?