Sunday, September 23, 2007

Hotshot and Sprite: Car Cousins or Passing Resemblence?

Sometimes you just have to wonder how much influence earlier vehicles can have an auto's design. Even though the Crosley Hotshot (left) and Austin-Healy Sprite aren't directly related, but you can't help but look twice when you see those bug-eyed (forg-eyed to you Brits) facades and swooping lines. Although classic and sports car mavens can spot a variety of differences in the two, people who aren't car fans get them confused all the time.

The Hotshot ended production in 1952, and the Sprite began in 1958. The Sprite was designed by Englishman Donald Healey, who has a Crosley connection through Austin--a subject for another post. (Click for larger image.)

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