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SVS Codatronca
Lamborghini Estoque and SVS Codatronca – Click either image for high-res gallery

We here at Autoblog have millions of kilograms, nay liters and liters, of respect for our friends at Automobili Lamborghini, and the upcoming Aventador will no doubt alter our lives when we drive it. We also root hard for the little shops in and around Turin that changed the world of car design in the 1950s, '60s, and '70s, and nobly carry on today as best they can.

We were recently going through various photos and started juxtaposing the front end of the Lamborghini Estoque sedan concept seen at the 2008 Paris Motor Show with that of the one-off SVS Codatronca Turismo Sportivo (or TS). The latter was developed near Turin between 2005 and 2008 by the small shop named SpadaConcept SpadaVettureSport, led by legendary designer Ercole Spada and his son Paolo. The latter carrozzeria just unveiled their roofless 710-horsepower barchetta version at the Top Marques Monaco show, called the Codatronca Monza. All Codatronca models so far are based on a supercharged Corvette Z06 chassis (it makes sense that we also see a little bit of 1967-1982 C3 in there, too).

We're not insinuating anything here, and these sorts of coincidences do happen fairly easily. But the likeness is uncanny. Who's doin' who? Or is nobody doin' anyone? Talk amongst yourselves, and see the two cars in full high-res glory in our galleries below.

[Lead images: Lamborghini/Matt Davis/Carrstudio/AOL]

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      • 3 Years Ago
      I went to Art Center over a decade ago and decided that I really didn't want to design cars, after all. I saw a couple of super-talented folks graduate each semester and wondered what would happen to the rest...

      The answer is that the J.V.-level designers go on to design supercars. I have no idea how there is so much money to be thrown at new supercar start-up companies, but Autoblog displays a steady stream of useless, ugly supercars. It's amazing.

      It's almost as if these ridiculous attempts are some sort of tax shelters for the mega-rich. Start a company on a $70k salary for the designer, produce a $200K prototype, and write off millions. That has to be it, right?!
      • 3 Years Ago
      Besides some insignificant visual semblance, the Lambo look insignificantly less stupid and ugly than that other car.
      • 3 Years Ago
      well to be fair both borrowed cues from the US military Planes...
      • 3 Years Ago
      The Codatronca borrows more from the old Corvette Stingray than it does the Estoque. It's easy to look at trapezoidal forms in the grille and draw similarities, but really, the SpadaConcept car is just a chaotic mishmash of borrowed ideas.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Nope! The Murciélago LP 640 came out in 2006 and the Codatronca copied the front intakes as released in 2007 at the Top Marques Show.
      • 3 Years Ago
      The SVS is a mess of borrowed designs. And not only has Lambo been showing this style of design for some time now but they also have it looking better.
        • 3 Years Ago

        A perfect analogy would be the Toyota Camry and Honda Accord.

        No pun intended.
        • 3 Years Ago
        The codeatronca looks like the batmobile. I prefer the lamborghini.
        • 3 Years Ago
        IMO There are only a few cars that can one-up the Estoque's design that SVS isn't even close. Even with just the front view alone, I would always leap for the Estoque in a heart beat, every time.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Of the two, I like the Viper better. Hiss,Hiss!!!
      • 3 Years Ago
      I cant believe the same guy who designed the Aston Martin DB4GT Zagato started the same company. It's so wrong...
      • 3 Years Ago
      that codatronca is terrible! It looks like it was made for a half assed sci fi movie with lame looking futuristic cars
      • 3 Years Ago
      I am sure Lamborghini is excited to have their car in a side by side comparison pic with this...
      • 3 Years Ago
      They both took the front from the Reventon.
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