You know how people like to complain that all cars look alike today? I mean, when I’m driving behind three metallic gray crossovers from companies headquartered on three different continents and the cars look pretty much indistinguishable, I do the same thing. But this just isn’t new. Cars tend to look a lot like other cars of their eras, at least many of them do. Even cars that become iconic and distinctive had doppelgängers in their time, like the famous VW Microbus. There were so many vehicles that looked a hell of a lot like it, including this 1962 Ford Taunus Transit.
From the profile, damn, it looks a lot like a VW Type 2, doesn’t it? And the various body styles it was offered in mirror VW’s offerings as well. Look:
Of course, the key difference here, despite having an extremely similar van, pickup and double-cab pickup is that the Taunus Transit had its engine, a water-cooled inline 4 (this is not one of the V4 Taunuses), between the front seats instead of tucked out back like VW’s flat-four.
Also, the face has a grille, so this part at least is obviously different. Still, amazing convergent evolution at work here!