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Top 10: Expensive cars with mainstream parts

Nissan headlamps on a Lamborghini? Volkswagen tail lights on an Aston Martin? Manufacturers of prestigious models (from sportsters to supercars) are renowned for using components from the mass-produced car market.

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TVR Griffith (Vauxhall Cavalier MkIII rear lights)

One of the most successful TVRs of the ’90s was the Griffith, a model that combined sensational styling with raw power, featuring upgraded versions of the ex-Rover V8 in 4.0- and 5.0-litre forms – with up to 340bhp on tap. For motoring nerds, however, an even more interesting fact is that the Griffith’s rear lamps were upturned units from the MkIII Cavalier.

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Read our Vauxhall Cavalier MkIII review here


JH72    on 18 September 2017

The Aston DB7 used Mazda 323F rear lights

GGEO1UK    on 20 January 2019

Also McLaren F1 has FWD Lotus Elan indicators and Lotus Esprit up to S4 has Morris Marina door handles ??

djmgw    on 21 January 2019

Citroen CX wing mirrors on many low volume cars in the 80's being pedestal mounted, electrically adjusted and heated.

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