Oh, this should get interesting. I was talking with a gearhead friend yesterday about the different allegiances, loyalties, and factions in hot rodding. Somehow we got to talking about companies that had come out with ideas “similar” to other designs, ideas, or successes other companies have had in the past. For instance, lots of Ford guys jump down the throats of the LS crowd due to some of the similarities between a Cleveland head and an LS head. I have heard strange Chrysler people bemoan the fact that Chevy jumped in with the HHR and stole all of the PT Cruisers market away. Then there are whole engine families that are pretty similar. The Caddy guys will tell you that old Studebaker V8s are close to a carbon copy to earlier Caddy OHV engines and then there is NASCAR, where Toyota’s engine is basically a carbon copy of the Chevrolet.
There have been lots of cars over the year “inspired” by others. Take the Camaro. Would it exist if the Mustang wasn’t selling like free beer starting in 1964? Probably not. The Ford Excursion certainly came to life because the Suburban and Escalade craze that the country went on when everyone lost their minds and spent every nickle that they didn’t have for a decade. If we went into motorcycles, how about the Japanese manufacturers who launched a raft of bikes that looked like Harleys, complete with V-twins and everything?
Grab your pitchfork and flaming torch…this is going to be interesting!
BangShift Question Of The Day: What’s The Biggest OEM Manufacturer Rip Off From Another OEM Manufacturer Ever?