Cars with the Longest Running Nameplates

By on May 7, 2015

#4: Toyota Land Cruiser

First Model Year: 1951

The Toyota Land Cruiser has been around since 1951, despite not entering the United States auto market until 9 years later, in 1960. Nonetheless, the nameplate on the Land Cruiser has existed for 64 years, making it the 4th-longest in the world right now.

Originally designed as a military vehicle, the Land Cruiser quickly earned a reputation for durability and longevity, and those qualities still serve to make it one of the longest-lasting models today. Make no mistake, though, the Land Cruiser has been plenty fancied-up since its debut in the 1950s, and today, the car is just as luxurious as it is rugged.

Still one of the largest and most durable off-road vehicles around, the Land Cruiser continues to be a favorite of outdoor enthusiasts and big families who want a safe vehicle alike.

With 60+ years of excellent performance, it seems a lock that the Land Cruiser will keep on impressing customers for years to come.


#3: Volkswagen Beetle

First Model Year: 1949

Long known as one of the most reliable cars on the road and as one of the most recognizable, the Volkswagen Beetle nameplate has been in existence since the car’s first model year way back in 1949. Technically, the car was not formally called the Beetle at the time by Volkswagen – it was officially called the Type 1. However, the car has been colloquially referred to as such since this time, and the company adopted the Beetle as the official name in the 1960s.

The Beetle is one of the world’s most famous cars, due to its subcompact size and shape, which continue to stand out as particularly unique – after all, if another company copied the Beetle’s design it would be incredibly lame.

Consistently rated one of the best cars for performance, longevity, and reliability, the Beetle has undergone a fair share of changes over the years, but the car continues to thrive. The Beetle nameplate seems to be safe for as long as we all may live.

One Comment

  1. Chris Kingan

    June 12, 2015 at 10:22 pm

    I stumbled acrossed the article “Cars with the Longest Running Nameplates” and noticed that a mistake was made. At #5 was the Chevy Corvette, stating that it has been in production since 1953. The Corvette’s inaugural year was 1953, but there were no Corvettes produced in 1983.

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