10 more sets of automotive doppelgängers | Hagerty Media
A year ago, we assembled 20 pairs of cars that looked a lot-or at least somewhat-alike. Many of these cars were separated by decades, or by continents, while others were direct competitors with each other in period. Some of our pairings were more well-received than others, but many in the Hagerty Community became interested enough to offer up their own suggestions. https://www.hagerty.com/media/lists/10-more-sets-of-automotive-doppelgangers/
It's pretty well known that Tom Matano explicitly based the styling of the the original Miata on the Elan.
While the Miata looks like the Elan, what's not as well known is that under the skin, the Toyota 2000GT is a mechanical twin of the Elan, except for having an inline six rather than a four. The backbone chassis and suspension of the 2000GT are near copies of the Elan.
Original VW Beetle and Tatra 97. Both Fiat and Alfa Romeo produced vehicles very similar to the Series II Land Rover. ZAZ produced cars heavily influenced by the Fiat 500/600 and then the NSU Prinz. Chinese manufacturers - countless examples....
I disagree. Back when BMW came out with the 850i I did not like it and commented to many people that I thought that Ford did a better job redesigning the 6 series (t-bird) than BMW did with the design of the 8 series. I always thought that the T-Bird foof line looked like a 6 series BMW.
I have to agree with you. That was clearly a comparison born out of deadline pressure. Besides, after all the "redesigns" that the T-Bird went through before Ford was successful in completely destroying the marque, you could compare a T-Bird to almost everything from a sports car to a Lincoln to a Fairmont to a Mustang.
The Ferrari / 124 Spider comparison would look a lot better if you had a picture of an original early Fiat spider rather than one that is a restomod with a poor bumper backdate. Although the Fiat 124 spider clearly shared the same design studio and takes many front end design cues from the 275 GTS, the back of the Fiat comes from the Pininfarina Rondine prototype. That resemblance is unmistakable.
I hadn't thought of it until this article, but BMW seems to have taken its styling for the original 2 series (1600 / 2002) from the NSU Prinz (only with single lights). The Prinz looks a lot more like a 2002 than it does a Corvair in my opinion.
I agree with the assessments except for the two nisson similars since it was obvious they were penned by the same company designers, kind of a no brainer. BUT the others are hilarious to recall and I actually owned three of the "doppelgängers" myself and loved them .
My first two cars were 544 volvos and drove them for many miles even though they had over 100K when I first got them. The Fiat 124 Spyder was a 71 model which was arguably the best of the lot and no surprise the similarity to ferrari similarity and if you want even more a copy look at the first dino before the race looking one , as they were all penned by Pinin Farina . Then there was the Thunderbird/ I bought a 94 Thunderbird because I always wanted a BMW coupe six series which a client of mine drove and found the bird to be a good substitute. Ironically all three cars in my history were long long long term rides which were owned for many years. The latest fiat spyder is a good recreation of that classic shape from the 124 years . Fun article bravo
lest i forget to mention, the current model Mustang Bullitt ford is very similar to the Aston Vanquish particularly in profile. This is from someone who loves both cars and actually bought the Bullitt recently as I could not resist the package and reminiscence of the Aston arguably the most beautiful GT sport car ever penned. Current iterations not withstanding.
These comparisons remind me of a question I've had for years. Given that design language is always evolving and trending in ways that can be predicted, and that design elements take years to be introduced to mass production, how do major manufacturers know they won't introduce an element (e.g., a grill or tail light) that looks exactly the same as another manufacturer's? Do they ever share info about what's going to hit the market in a year or two?
A buddy in high school had the Volvo and even back then I thought it was a 48 Ford left out in the rain!!!! He had big 50 series tires on the back with muffler clamps on the shocks to keep the car off the tires. It was a TOUGH little car!!! Now I own a 46 Ford and have come full circle.