Short for ‘Sport Lightweight’, Australia’s longest-running model moniker is Mercedes-Benz’s iconic SL. It might not have the original’s gullwing doors, but it still oozes glamour today.
2. Mini Cooper - 1961
When it debut in 1959, Mini was a model name and Morris, the maker. Mini has since transitioned into an overall brand under BMW. As for Cooper, it has been slapped on sportier Minis for the past 56 years.
3. Porsche 911 - 1963
While each generation has been given its own individual model code, Porsche’s rear-engined icon has always carried the 911 name. 54 years on and it’s still one of the most loved performance road cars.
4. Toyota Corolla - 1966
Though placed fourth here, the Corolla’s popularity has given it a far more impressive record. Since its introduction, more Corollas have been sold globally than any other model – more than 44 million.
5. Honda Civic - 1972
With a potent new 228kW turbo Type-R version gaining much attention, it’s hard to believe the car that started the Civic bloodline 45 years ago had a humble 37kW 1.2-litre mill under its little bonnet.