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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Almost every car has a doppelganger. There's a lot more conformity than originality in the entire car industry. Tesla is currently the only innovative company doing something others haven't already done. They are not the first electric car but they are the first one to really make it work. Chevy came close with the EV1 and you have to wonder if they shut it down because it was a threat to the largest car company in the world.
EV1 engineers started Tesla to my understanding. Big leaps of faith in battery tech improving is a reasonable short answer for GM getting cold feet and killing the program. Elon came in after with money and hype (which a start-up needs).
Tesla Roadster innovative sure... Model 3 looks like every other jellybean since Ford Taurus went that route.
I dunno. I would have picked the Porsche 924 to be matched with the Gen II RX-7, not the MOPAR product you show here. I owned two of the RX-7s over the years and it was frequently compared to the Porsche, and several times mistakenly ID'd as the Porsche product. (Having driven both, I would pick the RX-7, considering the cost of ownership. If someone else was picking up the tab for maintenance, then the Porsche would be my pick)
On my first job after high school, I worked at a large construction site that had both a first gen Bronco and International Scout. Got to drive both in demanding and extremely muddy situations. The Bronco was best for light work and tight spaces. Seemed more nimble but fell down in heavy mud. I can remember pulling the Bronco out of a mud pit with the Scout. One time I got totally bogged down in a mud pit with the Scout and the Bronco came to pull me out, only to get totally mired to the point the doors wouldn't open. We both got pulled out by a D8. Took hours to wash off the sticky south Texas mud.
I favored the Scout for its better A/C, standard shift transmission and seemingly better 4WD system. I liked taking the Bronco home when I could as it was a better driving truck on roads, had an automatic and a decent radio.
One oddball thing with the Scout was the gas tanks. There's a switch on the floor controlling which tank gets the gas. The first week I drove the thing, I ran it out of gas because that little detail was left out when I got instructions on how to drive the thing. It was quite embarrassing to have to be rescued by the maintenance guy who merely flipped a switch and the engine started again. Never made that mistake again.
Both trucks were tough and strong. Both were useful on the job site and both could take a lot of punishment by a teenage idiot (me), and dozens of others.
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."
Um, the 2nd Gen EX-7 is a doppleganger of the Porsche 944, not the Starion. And if you want to compare small japanese 4x4, the Daihatsu F20 and the first gen Suzuki Jimny were separated at birth.
As I was scrolling through the list I was internally nodding, yep I see that, oh ya definitely,... until I reached the Pacer/928 and then broke out in laughter! Thanks, I needed that one
There is actually a car design magazine that did an interview with Richard Teague, the head of the design department at AMC and the main designer of the Pacer, that mentions the Porsche drawing influence from the Pacer design. "Influence" isn't the same as "looks alike" (doppleganger) though, so I wouldn't have included this one. One similarity isn't enough...
The 1953 Hudson Jet was a scaled down copy of the 1953 Ford, right down to the taillights. Actually, it was one of the first "compact cars", and looked great. Unfortunately, the independents couldn't compete with the "Big Three", and went the way of history.
You missed: 53 Studebaker Starliner and 70 1/2 Camaro/Firebird. Look at the side profiles.
Bob Bourke designed the personal coupe 12 years before the Mustang.
There is an error here: the Mustang look-alike Celica pictured is the 1976-77 model. The '73 was the first generation Celica and, while pony-car-esque in profile, looked nothing like a Mustang.
I'm very surprised to see the Puma on here - I thought I was the only one who remembered them. And now that you mentioned it there is definitely some Dino cues in the design. But (squared-off rear quarter window notwithstanding), it has more in common looks-wise - and engine/drive-line-wise) with the earlier Porsche 911.
Another doppelganger that I noticed way back in a 1978 issue of Car & Driver was the then-new 1st-gen RX7 and the Porsche 924. The 7 was (IMHO) the better looking, better handling and better performing of the two at around half the price - and sounded far more intoxicatingly smooth. I've owned six of those 1st-gens - all of them series two and three versions, and all with the GSL (GX in Canada until the 1983 model year) option package and 12A. Never did get my hands on a pristine '84-85 13b-powered GSL-SE...
Celica Liftback was introduced in 1973 for Japan and 1974 for export. This has the bumpers of liftback earlier than 1976. I would say 74 or 75 due to steering wheel on left