Like many products, modern marketing techniques have encouraged car manufacturers to create a wide range of different models and designs. Some cars have withstood the test of time and have been in production for decades.
Also, these models provide insight into the history of automotive design, as each new generation represents the era in which it was created.
That is why we decided to review 7 cars that are the longestlived, by explaining their development over the years, to become the cars we know today. According to the “Budget Direct Car Insurance” website.
Honda Civic (1972 present)
Before launching the Civic, Honda was actually considering quitting auto manufacturing altogether. But that all changed in 1972, and the small Civic succeeded globally, due to its reliable engine and great fuel efficiency.
The Civic has gone through ten generations of modifications, which also have seen it showcase Honda’s renowned engine manufacturing capabilities, as it has been powered over the years by the popular CVCC, VTEC, K engines.
Ford Mustang (1964 present)
The Ford Mustang was introduced in the mid1960s and ushered in the glory of American “pony” cars, with sporty and elegant twoseater seats on an affordable, compact car chassis.
The Mustang has become a symbol of American tradition, and is often used in popular culture as evidence of youthful rebellion.
Named after a WWII fighter jet, the Mustang broke many sales records upon its release. Although it was expected to sell less than 100,000 models annually, it ended up shipping more than 1 million cars in the first 18 months.
Mercedes SL (1954 present)
Mercedes’ SL (Sport Leicht or Sport Lightweight) range is one of the longest running sports cars ever created.
The car definitely cemented Mercedes’ position as a luxury automotive brand.
It currently has some serious power with engine options toped out by the impressive 6liter V12. The highperformance version of the AMG is particularly appreciated by the experts.
Toyota Corolla (1966 present)
This reliable family car became one of the best built cars in the world, and the bestselling car of all time, in 1997, when it surpassed the Volkswagen Beetle.
Corolla has gone through 11 generations, so it’s a perfect way to see how car styles have changed over the past five decades.
The car was the archetype of Japanese engine engineering, showing how massproduced cars could be built cheaply, yet still remain stylish and reliable.
Jaguar XJ (1968 present)
The elegant Jaguar XJ has distinguished British motoring style for generations, with its racing green coloration that evokes images of the English countryside.
About 12,000 XJs are sold each year making it Jaguar’s flagship model.
The XJ was the last Jaguar to receive input from the legendary founder of the company, Sir William Lyons, and its place in British culture is noteworthy because it is the car driven by the royal family and the prime minister.
Mini Cooper (1959 present)
The aptly named mini Mini is another huge British automotive symbol. It was originally created by the British Motor Corporation in the late 1950s, as a response to fuel shortages and petrol rationing at the time.
Given its size and the lack of heavy interior fittings, it was also a surprisingly cool car, as most famously depicted in The Italian Job.
Chevrolet Corvette (1953 present)
Although it was originally designed as a show car only, it proved so popular that General Motors decided to actually produce it.
It has always been a highperformance sports car, with the first version offering the option of a 4.3liter V8, and the current generation is capable of speeds in excess of 200 mph.
However, due to its high cost, it was generally a car for the wealthy, unlike the more affordable Ford Mustang. This is evidenced by the fact that the average age of Corvette owners is 53 years.