The Oldmosbile Aurora was the aesthetic predecessor to the Porsche Taycan

Founded in 1897, Oldsmobile met a sad and unfortunate end in 2004. Its legendary models such as the 442 and 88 were far in the past. The automaker went out of business making the Bravada (a Trailblazer but ugly), the Alero (an ugly Malibu), and the Silhouette (an ugly version of the Chevy Venture minivan).

Before Oldsmobile was completely reduced to a sad brand making re-bodied versions of cars that weren’t very good in the first place, they made the Aurora.

The Aurora

The Aurora was a front-engined, front wheel drive sedan. It had a four liter V8 making 250 horsepower which was mated to a four-speed automatic transmission. None of this is related to the Porsche of course, but take a closer look at the exterior.

Better go pick up a paternity test, Porsche.

 

The rooflines are both of the fast-back variety. Look at the resemblance. Simply uncanny. How could Porsche blatantly steal the design of the 1995 Oldsmobile Aurora and expect nobody to notice? You’ll also notice the Taycan has four doors, just like the Aurora. Even the proportions are similar. Fishy. Things get even more conspicuous when we move a little further around back.

  

Without a hint of doubt, Porsche just swiped the mono rear taillight, or, “heckblende” (a fancy word for a mono rear taillight) from the Aurora. Shameless. Waiting for an innovator like Oldsmobile to tread the uncertain ground of single rear taillights. They thought they could get away with stealing from a defunct automaker with a rich history. Well guess what? They did.

  

Even the front fascias look similar. Notice the recessed headlights? The dark plastic trim under both car’s noses? I can’t believe this. Frankly, it leaves me sick to see such unbridled theft. Also check out the sculpting of the Taycan’s profile, especially towards the bottom. Look familiar? 

Both car’s wheelbases and heights are also within an inch of eachother. Even the wheels; nearly the same amount of spokes. Please excuse me while I write a strongly worded email to the people at Porsche.

Oldsmobile will be livid when they hear this.

By |2020-02-03T22:29:13+00:00February 4th, 2020|Hooniverse|17 Comments

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