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Top five oldest cars still on sale

26 Feb 2016 Car Style

Top five oldest cars still on sale

Some cars just keep on keeping on. Meet the veterans of the automotive world; the enduring nameplates that have seen it all.

LAND ROVER DEFENDER
Manufactured since 1948

Land Rover Defender

OK, the latest Defender gets a modern engine, but the basics of the soon-to-be-discontinued model kicked off after WWII with the original Land Rover. Immense off-road ability remains its unique selling point.

MORGAN PLUS 4
Manufactured since 1950

Morgan Plus 4

Others in the low-volume Morgan range could fill this list, but the Plus 4 is the oldest, stretching back 66 years. The original Vanguard engine has made way for a modern Ford four-pot.

MERCEDES-BENZ G-WAGEN
Manufactured since 1979

Mercedes-Benz G-Wagen

It’s the only Merc without a scheduled end date. And no wonder – each year sales of the boxy off-roader keep getting better, and Benz wants to build it as long as it can.'

TOYOTA LANDCRUISER 70-SERIES
Manufactured since 1984

Toyota Landcruiser 70 series

Toyota’s answer to the Defender is a hit in the Aussie bush – mainly because it’s unkillable. Gets a grunty single-turbo version of the 4.5-litre turbo-diesel V8, but rough and rugged elsewhere.

LOTUS ELISE
Manufactured since 1996

Lotus Elise

The Elise being produced these days is slicker looking than the original that was hand-finished in England 20 years ago. But it’s essentially the same old girl underneath, albeit with more reliable engines.