Golden Oldies - 10 of the Oldest Car Nameplates

This article looks at some of the oldest nameplates in motoring.

2y ago

Ford recently announced that they had produced the 10 millionth Mustang and that got us thinking about the car model names that have been around the longest. Whilst most names are used for a number of years and others can come and go in the blink of an eye, when a manufacturer gets is right that name will be used over and over for generations. Check out the following car nameplates that have been around the longest:

Chevrolet Suburban - 1933

​The Chevrolet Suburban is undisputed as the oldest nameplate still currently in use, as it's been around for over 85 years! The original was built specifically for the National Guard and Civilian Conservation Groups, with much of the body made from wood. It's now evolved into a huge SUV and made in Texas - because you know, everything IS bigger there!

Morgan 4/4 - 1936

Morgan has been producing the 4/4 for over 80 years, with only a short break for a little thing called World War Two. Let that one sink's practically the same car as it always has been, albeit with some modern tweaks these days. It's as impressive as things get in the motoring world.

Ford F-Series - 1948

Like the Suburban, Ford's F-Series trucks have been around for a long time and seem to have just grown and grown as the years have gone by. Many of the originals are still around, showing just how well made they were, and how well loved they are now. We fully expect the F-Series to be around until such a time that cars are made obsolete by teleportation, or when Stargates are finally declassified.

Toyota Land Cruiser - 1951

The Land Cruiser began life as a limited run model for military use...but now it's hard to go anywhere around the world without seeing one, whether that's in a built-up city or in the wilds of the Outback. It's always been a go anywhere-do anything vehicle, staying true to the idea behind the original model.

Chevrolet Corvette - 1953

Chevrolet's second entry on this list, which either means they were amazing at choosing car names back in the day, or they've been brilliantly lazy in the years since. Like many others on this list, the Corvette has got bigger, louder and faster since it was first introduced. The Corvette is probably the most extreme example of this though, with some of the new models capable of over 200mph!

Mercedes SL - 1954

The original SL was, and still is, one of the most beautiful cars ever made. The trademark gullwing doors may take centre stage but the whole car is a triumph in automotive design. The new SL models may not be held in such high regard as the original but they are magnificent machines, perfectly showcasing how far the motoring industry has come in a relatively short time.

Mini - 1959

Ok, the car may not be anywhere near the same as it once was, but the name remains. Mini is one of the most recognisable car nameplates across the world, with fans of the original and modern incarnations often coming together for shows and rally events.

Porsche 911 - 1963

The Morgan 4/4 has undoubtedly changed the least since it was first introduced but many people would say the 911 has stayed the same too! In fairness, the styling is still easily recognisable when compared with the original model, produced 55 years ago. The technology, size and speed has just kept going up and up though!

Ford Mustang - 1964

The inspiration for this article, the Mustang is a motoring icon and has roared back with mainstream success in the past few years. The new Mustang models are stunning, though for many will never fully recapture the magic of the original.

Totoya Corolla - 1966

Like the Land Cruiser, Toyota have been producing the Corolla for what seems like an eternity. It's gone through a dozen generations since it was first introduced and in 1997 overtook the VW Beetle as the best selling nameplate in the world. Over 40 million models have been made!

Have you ever owned one of these ever-lasting models? Let us know your thoughts and memories in the comments!

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Comments (7)

  • Yayyy Suburban! Name a first, I had it in a Suburban.

      2 years ago
  • Can't believe Corolla came last. It's already becoming like a classic.

      2 years ago
  • I wish we could vote on which looks better

      2 years ago
  • merc the old one for me is the best looking...

      2 years ago
  • Have had two corollas. A 2001 and a 2002. Both burned oil like the first iraq war but both refused to die. The first fell to electrical issues and the second is still running. Old Corollas never die.

      2 years ago