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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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Land Rover Discovery Series I (Austin Maestro Van rear lights)

It might not be as upmarket as the other cars featured here, but the first-generation Discovery of 1989-on was still an expensive machine in its day – albeit one that wasn’t shy when it came to parts sharing. That’s why the earliest door handles were from the Morris Marina, while the rear lights came courtesy of the Maestro Van.

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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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