A front-wheel-drive car's mechanical design is so different from a rear-wheel-drive car's that their evolutionary paths would surely never cross. But, twice in history to my knowledge, they have. The recent example is Ford's Transit van: front-drive for the lighter-load versions, rear-drive for the heavy stuff.
John Simister: The curious heritage of the Triumph Dolomite Sprint
A deep concern for the planet's welfare ensures that the cars in John Simister's current assemblage of classics all have engines of under a litre, including a two-stroke Saab which causes the road behind to disappear from view after a cold start. This squares well with John's status as a Car of the Year jury member and a writer both on modern cars and old ones, the latter for Octane and Practical Classics. He has been a journalist since 1984, and lives in the Chiltern Hills with his wife Deborah and a dog called Sprocket.