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/
Please refrain from characterizing any two door car as a "coupe". I know it's the way nowadays, but calling the 1942-1948 Ford in your comparison a coupe is just WRONG. It's a two door (Tudor) Sedan. If it had four doors, it would be a Fordor Sedan. Traditionally, a coupe is an enclosed car with no back seat as you know. Ford blurred the line between coupe and sedan by introducing their Sedan Coupe during the same period. Since I'm the owner of a 1937 Ford Tudor Sedan, I've had to go over this every time I talk to people at shows or events. I'm also a Model T driver at Greenfield Village and it gives me great fodder for talking to guests there.
Not sure if you already did this comparison, but look at the front of the Sunbeam Alpine and the first generation Thunderbird. In my college days, I had a 1956 Bird and a fraternity brother had an Alpine. We couldn't help but notice the similarity.
In any case, a good article, as usual. Keep up the good work.
I think the 1955 Packard Clipper and the twenty years newer Gaz Chaika are a better example of a dopleganger than all of these. But I expect there's a good reason for this. Anyone care to explain these similarities?
An e24 6-series and a 10th generation Thunderturd? Hilarious and blasphemous at the same time! If a faint reference to a Hoffmeister kink makes them similar, then most cars are similar to each other in that they each have 4 black round rubber things in common. Nothing looks like an e24.
These are great examples of look-a-likes. As a former owner of a 2009 Pontiac G8 GT, I would like to add the side profile for the BMW 5-series of the same era was nearly identical from the front doors back to the G9
Perhaps the sport front end on the 75 thru 80 Chevy Monza is comparable to the third gen Camaro, which was soon to come. I believe it was a preview of things to come. The 2+2 model seemed to have a few borrowed design cues, especially with the spoiler the tail lights resemble second gen Camaro & the "bulges" on the lower wheel openings are taken from the 3rd gen Corvette. Of course I tell myself these things because I own one.
It seems to me that I read an article many tears ago basically saying that Volvo, did in fact, base the design of their car on the 42-48 Fords in order to resume car production faster after WW11. Maybe someone out there knows something about this? Tim