One of Charles Caleb Colton’s most famous quotes is imitation is the sincerest form of flattery. In the automotive world, there have been many a designer who may have felt flattered to see certain elements of their work show up on the designs of others, but I think the response to the discovery would most likely be seriously?
Sometimes one car’s attempt to emulate another is very subtle – the double bubble rooflines of the Viper and Corvette echoing Zagato tropes from decades past – while other times they are explicit and blatant. An example of the latter is the original Toyota Celica liftback which takes a little more DNA from the ’68-’70 Mustang than I bet Ford felt warranted.
But hey, share and share alike, right? After all it’s not like one manufacturer is stealing an entire car from another, it’s just a little snip here and a flourish there. And the question for today is which maker has done the best job of that petty left of design cues. What do you think, which car best pulls off another’s iconic styling element?