If your inspectors are being that harsh, what if you upgraded the front end, hood, grille and head lights to the 94/95 E. Give the Euro look, with somewhat improved lighting. A bit expensive, but should do the trick.
Other option, move out of Viginia and install genuine Euro lights.
'73 280SEL 4.5 (9/72)- RIP
Only 8,173 units built from 5/71 thru 11/72
'02 CLK320 Cabriolet - wifey's mid-life crisis
2012 VW Jetta Sportwagon TDI...at least its a diesel
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