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You ever meet two people, and it's like, "oh hey you two look just alike, let's hope you're not adopted and secretly siblings because that would be weird LOL," and then you carry on with your day? Yeah, sometimes cars are like that too.


Earlier this week, Jason Torchinsky (of the California Torchinskys) took a look at the Subaru SVX, and how some seriously distinctive design cues seemed to have found their way over from the Ghia/Vignale concept. Was it actually stolen? Maybe, maybe not, though it does remind me of a podcast where Joan Rivers told Terry Gross she never went to see new comics, for fear of forgetting where she heard a really great joke, thinking that she came up with it, and then telling it on stage as if it were her own.


Oh, Joan. Joan Joan Joan. You may have many fears in life, but you should never fear being unoriginal.

Car designers don't have that luxury, though. Everywhere you go in the modern world you see cars, and sometimes one just slips through the gates of your mind, and out you go designing the Subaru SVX as if it were your own.

Thus we get a case of what I call "Unnatural Automotive Twins." Whether completely intentional or totally unintentional, sometimes two cars look exactly alike. Like the Volkswagen Jetta and the Suzuki Kizashi. Suzuki did make some nice little cars when they were still selling them here in the US, although sometimes they were a little unoriginal.


So that's what we're looking for here. The ground rules are as follows:

  • No remakes. That means you can't just go "Oh look! The Ford GT looks exactly like the Ford GT40!" That sort of thing is just too easy and ridiculous.
  • No thefts as a result of corporate silliness. That rules out the Lamborghini Diablo and the Cizeta-Moroder V16T, which was created as a result of a spat between the designer, Marcello Gandini, and Chrysler, which owned Lamborghini at the time. Chrysler didn't like his original design, so he said "screw that" and took his drawings elsewhere. Like I said, no corporate silliness.
  • No two cars from the same company. This is unnatural twins.

Show us your best unnatural automotive twins in the comments below!

Photo credits: Rojer/M 93

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