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20 pairs of doppelgänger cars

Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, right? If that’s the case, there must be plenty of automotive designers doing an awful lot of blushing, because we managed to outline a long list of cars that share more than a passing resemblance to totally different models. We’re skipping badge-engineered cars or captive imports—that’s just cheating. Without further ado, here are 20 sets of cars, trucks, and SUVs that look a lot alike, whether by accident or by intent.


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New Driver

To begin with PLEASE don't us cut off photos of the various cars; especially where one of the photos is full view and the other is cutoff on front of back or both.....irritating to say the least!

Several more:  The first series Corvair's wraparound belt line molding was copied by European and Japanese designers: BMW's Neue Klasse sedans (1962), and later the '02 series, the VW Karmann Ghia 1600, the NSU Prinz, Mazda Familia and even the Russian GAZ 966.


Auto Union (DKW)'s SP 1000 was a direct crib of Ford's original two seat Thunderbird.


And the copying crossed the Atlantic in the other direction with Ford's 10th generation Thunderbird (1989) whose silhouette, roof line and distinctive Hoffmeister Kink on the C-pillar was copied from BMW's E24 Six series.  


One more--although they were developed almost simultaneously:  Renault's 4CV and the postwar Morris Minor...

New Driver

Scouts sold petty well in Michigan's Upper Peninsula when I was growing up in the 1960s. Some doctors even splurged on their Suburban-competitor big brother, the Travelall. I remember radio ads with the mini-jingle:  "International Scout! Anything else .. is just a car." 

New Driver

1979 Mazda RX7 vs 924 Porsche.


Every car on the road today and every other car on the road today.


It's fascinating. Thank you.

New Driver

I've wanted to put gull wing doors on a Karmann Ghia as it bears a certain resemblance to the Mercedes 300SL.
Pit Crew

Holleyhell... I NEED whatever drugs you're on. They're not even CLOSE to looking similar.

New Driver

Also, the 2008 Nissan Altima Coupe and the Bentley Continental GT, especially the rear end.

Pit Crew

Please don't drink and type.