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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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Panther De Ville (Austin Maxi doors)

If anybody was wealthy enough to afford a Panther de Ville, they were in exalted company; just 60 cars were produced between the De Ville’s debut in 1974 and its demise eleven years later. The four-door version bore a list price higher than that of a contemporary Rolls-Royce, which makes the fact that it employed Austin Maxi (and 'Landcrab') doors seem rather comical.

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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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