It really depend on how one defines "car." The Corolla is mostly the one
sold with the same name, but the Corollas sold today are not the same
vehicles that were sold in the past. In fact current ones sold as a
different car, depending on which county one finds one.
There are two that I can think of that were sold as the original vehicle, on
the same basic chassis, for many years and they are the Ford model "T" and
the VW Beetle, with the Beetle selling in larger numbers and the "T"
selling for more years, as I recall
I'm sure if one really wanted to know a search could lead to the definitive
The 21,529,464 VW Beetles were made over a period of 65 years (1938 to 2003)
vs. 16,500,000 Ford Model T's over 19 year (1908 to 1927). VW made the
Beetles alongside new Beetle in Mexico until the end. In addition, VW made
them in Brasil for a long time, until around 2000.
Although I wouldn't call Wikipedia definitive, I think in this case, it is
It is hard to keep this sort of list updated and many vehicles are missing.
I think the AMC Concord/Eagle, Ford Contour/Mercury Mistake/Ford Mondeo,
Dodge Ram, Ford Econoline, Chevy C10/Silverado & GMC pickup series, Renault
R5/Le Car (in US), as well as some odd vehicles like Thomas Built Buses
(Saf-T-Liner series), maybe some Mack Trucks or International/Navistar
trucks, WWII Jeeps, and many other vehicles are missing and should be in the
I know somebody would do the search, but the site used is well know for
inaccuracies or for not being up to date. I.E. There were "Ts" before 1908
and the F150 has been number one seller for 30 years not 23 ;)
You need to expand your searches. If you do you will find there were "Ts"
before 1908. Go to the Ford Museum and you will see an early sixties model
Mercury convertible with the WRONG model year on the information referring
to it. ;)
I'd fancy the Land Rover Defender (59 years and counting) to beat
that, although the sales are obviously much smaller. Again it would
depend how strict one was, as the Land Rover has developed slowly over
the years. But it's still the same basic shape from the same factory.
I don't know if there were major differences between the VW Beetles made
before and after WWII, but after WWII, the VW Beetles were pretty much the
same until they stopped production 4 years ago. Same basic engine and parts.
I don't know if you could say that for the Land Rove or not.
But, either way, this speaks to the durability of the vehicle, built by Ford
No, in that case they have changed more than the Beetle did, but if
you put a 1948 and a 2007 Land Rover side by side and removed all the
badges etc, you would tell straight away they were the same vehicle.
The chassis and bodywork are very similar. You couldn't say that about
a Corolla, for instance.
The Peugeot 504 that is pictured as still for sale at www.peugeot.co.ke
looks identical to the one that I learned to drive in in 1981. According to
wikipedia, the 504 is the 53rd best-selling car of all time (tied) - I know
because I just added the entry. The wikipedia article says in some places
that it is still being made and other places says that it ceased production
in 2006. So who knows?
I would guess that the Peugeot 504 that was last produced was the same basic
design as the original, but with a new engine and transmission, but probably
the same body and 4-wheel independent suspension as the original. So it is
an updated version of the original model rather than an all new model like
Yamaha XT-450, only one cylinder, used probably can be had for under
$3000, dirt cheap insurance. Small, fuel efficient, nimble and goes
most places modern SUVs cannot. I think they get between 40 to 50 mpg.
While that is true, there is no reason why a 3.5 HP engine has to produce
more pollution (NOx and SOx) than a current car engine. There is no reason
why you can't put the same pollution controls on a 3.5 HP motor that are on
a 3.8 V6.
Ditto a 40 HP engine that would power a small car.
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