Longevity in the auto industry is a standard which every car make and model aspires to reach. When a car model has been on the road for decades, it is usually a pretty good sign that the model has been a roaring success, and has consistently needed only a few tweaks to continue performing optimally.
It is pretty rare when a car’s nameplate continues for decades on end, as rebranding and new innovations tend to push older car models into discontinuation in lieu of newer, sexier cars.
When a nameplate endures the test of time, it is a sign that the specific model is so good and so popular that the consumer population would be in utter revolt if the car was discontinued.
The five cars below have nameplates that have been around longer than when many of us were born, becoming etched into the fabric of the automotive industry forever. These five car models have persevered through the changing landscape of the car world and seem exceedingly unlikely to get discontinued any time soon.
Here are the five cars whose nameplates have been around the longest!
#5: Chevrolet Corvette
First Model Year: 1953
The Chevrolet Corvette is one of the most iconic American sports cars, and has retained its place on the road since 1953.
The first Corvette, the C1, came only in convertible form and offered an inline V6 or V8 engine. It took a decade of the Corvette’s popularity to persuade Chevy to introduce a Corvette coupe, dubbed the C2, in 1963. Since then, the rest is history.
Seven generations and 62 years later, the Chevrolet Corvette is still going strong. 2015’s model is the finest iteration yet, featuring 650 horsepower and an 8-speed automatic transmission, amongst other luxury bells and whistles. Corvette classifies their latest Corvette as a supercar, and it has a price to match, starting at an MSRP of $79,000. For reference, the original, 1953 Corvette cost $3,498.
While the price has gone up juuuuust a tad, the Corvette remains one of the longest-lasting cars on the industry, as the nameplate turned 62 years old this year.