The Leslie Special's headlights are only ever turned on in two scenes of the film:
 when Leslie and Max are driving to the Baron's castle
 when Max is driving the Leslie special after Leslie has broken in to the castle.
Straight after the first scene, you see the car pull up, with the lights already turned off, and can see they look different to the rest of the movie.
There is a "modern" electric sealed beam unit inside the housing.
For the rest of the film, the housing is entirely filled by a large reflector, and a small "Y" shaped burner. These imitate genuine "Carbide acetylene" lamps of the period. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Carbide_lamp
Plainly these were too much hassle to make work in the movie car.
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