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Top 5: Oldest continuous nameplates

By Whichcar staff, 04 Nov 2017 Car Style

Top 5 Oldest continuous nameplates

Here are the five longest running nameplates of cars still on sale today

1. Mercedes-Benz SL - 1954

Short for ‘Sport Lightweight’, Australia’s longest-running model moniker is Mercedes-Benz’s iconic SL. It might not have the original’s gullwing doors, but it still oozes glamour today.

2. Mini Cooper - 1961

When it debut in 1959, Mini was a model name and Morris, the maker. Mini has since transitioned into an overall brand under BMW. As for Cooper, it has been slapped on sportier Minis for the past 56 years.

3. Porsche 911 - 1963

While each generation has been given its own individual model code, Porsche’s rear-engined icon has always carried the 911 name. 54 years on and it’s still one of the most loved performance road cars.

4. Toyota Corolla - 1966

Though placed fourth here, the Corolla’s popularity has given it a far more impressive record. Since its introduction, more Corollas have been sold globally than any other model – more than 44 million.

5. Honda Civic - 1972

With a potent new 228kW turbo Type-R version gaining much attention, it’s hard to believe the car that started the Civic bloodline 45 years ago had a humble 37kW 1.2-litre mill under its little bonnet.