Cars with the Longest Running Nameplates

By on May 7, 2015

#2: Ford F-Series

First Model Year: 1948

The Ford F-Series line of trucks has been going strong since 1948, when the F-1, F-2, and F-3 models were introduced. The same Ford pickup naming convention has been in place since the car’s second generation, and the company has been producing some of the best trucks in the world for over 67 years now.

Ford F-Series trucks are known for being able to handle every job – they are a favorite of construction companies and handymen everywhere. These big, burly trucks seem extremely unlikely to go anywhere anytime soon, as they continue to score high in reliability and are made to last, just like the F-Series nameplate has.

The F-Series trucks continue to excel, and are now on the car’s thirteenth generation – a truly impressive feat. The 2015 Ford F-150 is the latest model in the line of wildly successful trucks, and it continues to be a favorite of drivers that need some towing and carrying power. Unless things change drastically, it seems that there will always be a place for Ford F-Series trucks.


#1: Chevrolet Suburban

First Model Year: 1935

By far the longest-running nameplate, the Chevrolet Suburban has existed in some capacity for an astonishing 80 years as of 2015. This versatile SUV has undergone many changes since its debut in the 1930s, but there is something to be said for the same model of car existing for such an incredibly long time.

The original Suburbans were essentially station wagons built on truck frames, and have been redesigned and improved over the many, many years that the vehicle has been on the road. Today, the Chevrolet Suburban is one of the largest, most powerful passenger vehicles on the road, and is a favorite of everyone from large families to outdoor adventurers and small business owners that need to haul a decent amount of cargo.

Chevrolet Suburbans are truly iconic American vehicles, and even as American car producers get a bad rep for some of their less successful models, the Chevrolet Suburban continues to persevere decade after decade. The reliability and durability of the Chevrolet Suburban is what has allowed the nameplate to live on for an incredible EIGHTY years.

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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