Don’t say I didn’t warn you – once you are aware of these, they truly cannot be unseen!
I’m talking about part sharing, in particular, light units that are shared across different cars. Some of these are well known, while others could well catch you by surprise..
McLaren's F1 and a coach..
The rear lights of the McLaren F1 actually came from a Bova coach. Yup, seriously, enlarge the picture above and see for yourself.. Stranger still, the F1 received front indicators from the Lotus Elan – the thinnest available – apparently. For more gloriously geeky facts about the F1, you really should watch this video from Evo’s Henry Catchpole.
TVR Griffith and Vauxhall Cavalier
TVR’s Griffith lights should look familiar to anyone who’s up on their 90’s Vauxhalls. They’re actually upturned units from the mk3 Cavalier.
Jaguar XJ220 and Rover 200
Jaguar might’ve hidden the lenses behind a big old grille but there’s no hiding the fact that they were originally placed on the back of various Rover 200s.
Noble M12 and Ford Mondeo
The Noble M12 GTO used rear lights from the first Ford Mondeo. The parts in these photos aren’t identical, but you get the idea..
The M12’s V6 engine and gearbox were also sourced from the Mondeo, along with an interior that also raided the Ford parts bin.
Ford RS200 and Sierra
Less surprising is Ford’s group B homologation special, the RS200, which sported lights straight from a 3dr Sierra. Its windows were also trimmed Sierra parts.
TVR Cerbera and Ford Fiesta
TVR always found plenty of use for parts from other manufacturers but the heavily smoked light clusters used in its early Cerbera models were actually a flipped Ford part from the mk3 Fiesta.
Simca 1000 and Ford GT40
The mk1 Ford GT40 shared its rear lamps with a much more modest vehicle – Simca’s little 1000. Lancia’s Stratos and 037 also used the same design – as did the Fiat 850 and plenty of other vehicles.
Editor’s note: It turns out that the Simca 1000 rear lamps (made by SEV Marchal) shared with the GT40 are actually different to the Fiat 850 rear lamps (made by Seima) which are used by the Stratos, thanks to Glenn, an eagle-eyed reader for pointing this out.
BMW M1 & 6 series
Another homologation special to get somewhat ordinary rear lights, was BMW’s M1 supercar. Below the distinctive BMW roundels at either side of the M1 tailgate, was a light cluster from BMW’s shark-nose E24 6 series.
Big thanks to Pistonheads forum, in particular this thread which is full of discussion on this topic.
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- BMW M1 by nakhon100 used under CC BY 2.0
- 1988 BMW 6 Series 635CSI (E24) by Charlie used under CC BY 2.0
- Simca image by JOHN LLOYD used under CC BY 2.0
- 1969 Ford GT40 by Nathan Bittinger used under CC BY 2.0
- 1991 Ford Fiesta 1.1 Popular Plus by Kieran White used under CC BY 2.0
- 1997 TVR Chimaera 4.0 by The Car Spy used under CC BY 2.0
- Ford Sierra by fudgeass/photobucket
- Ford RS200 by Kieran White used under CC BY 2.0
- Noble M12 GTO by Brian Snelson used under CC BY 2.0
- 1996 Ford Mondeo LX by Kieran White used under CC BY 2.0
- Rover 220 Coupe by Mic used under CC BY 2.0
- Jaguar XJ220 20th anniversary by Jaguar MENA used under CC BY 2.0
- McLaren F1 by Alex Starr used under CC BY 2.0
- Avalon X584BYD by Graham Richardson used under CC BY 2.0
- TVR Griffith 400 by The Car Spy used under CC BY 2.0
- Vauxhall Cavalier GL 1.8 by Charlie used under CC BY 2.0