Car Show Outtake: Twin City

The local office of the company I work for happens to be located in Twinsburg, Ohio. Every year in August Twinsburg hosts its Twins Day Festival, one of the largest gatherings of twins in the country. In honor of twins everywhere, I’m sharing some pictures of automotive twins that I have taken at car shows over the years (alas none were actually photographed in Twinsburg).

First up, this matched set of deuce coupes (actually if you look closely, one is a pickup). I’ve often wondered what would compel someone to buy two identical copies of the same car. After all, you can only drive one at a time, amiright? Is one a spare or backup in case the other gets lost or damaged?


No such mystery exists in the case of the “His and Hers” Mustangs pictured in the lead and photo above. The rationale is abundantly clear. I am reminded of a line I first heard in the movie Contact (although I’m sure the expression is far older): The first rule of government procurement is why buy one when you can get two at twice the price?


Next up, is this pair of almost identical Monte Carlo SS’s. Notice that a third Monte Carlo is photobombing in the back, making this a three-Carlo Monte.

This photo reminds me of the age-old car show debate: Hoods up, or hoods down? I personally prefer hood down, as a raised hood obscures part of the car and detracts from the car’s lines, but I can understand the desire for some people to be able to see (and show off) the engine as well. With twins, one could conceivably do both – One car with a hood up, and the other hood closed.


Here we have a not-quite-identical pair of yellow Firebirds. The one on the right is a 1977 or 78 model, while the one on the left is a slightly newer 1979-81 model. Once again there is a pesky photobomber in the background, this time a yellow fourth-generation Firebird. Coincidence? Who knows.


Lastly, we have what is undoubtedly the most expensive pairing in this post (assuming they are authentic). Plymouth Superbirds can easily fetch over six figures in top nick, which both of the examples appear to be. Someone clearly likes Superbirds and has the resources to fully indulge in their habit.