The Longest-Running Classic and Collectible Cars
New cars today just don’t seem to last. Production runs and product lifecycles aren’t what they used to be, with a few exceptions. Some collectible and classic cars have been around for decades and these are the brands and names that collectors love. A legacy is important to brand recognition, loyalty, and collectability.
According to a ranking by Fox News, the Volkswagen Beetle is one of the longest-running nameplates. The Beetle has a sinister origin as a car commissioned the Nazi part in Germany. It was intended to be a car for the people, and one that could get around on the newly built Autobahn. After the war, the car continued to be produced and the rest is history. Beetles from the 1960s are particularly popular with Volkswagen collectors.
Stateside, the Mustang is a brand that has been in production since 1964. Among sporty American cars, only the Chevy Corvette beats it with a continuous run since 1953. Both the original pony car and the classic sports car are hugely collectible today. Both, of course, are still in production and remain popular new cars as well.
For truck enthusiasts, there are a few modern vehicles that have a legendary history. The Toyota Land Cruiser, a favorite with off-roaders and collectors alike, has been in production by the Japanese car maker since 1951. Even older is the Jeep, which originated as an Army vehicle and eventually became a civilian favorite. There have been different models of the Jeep, but the basic idea has remained unchanged over the decades.
As reported at MSN Autos, the longest-running car brand is yet another truck, the Chevrolet Suburban. First introduced as a wagon in 1933, the Suburban has been in production for a whopping 80 years. Older versions of the Suburban are unique collectibles. Because they have been around for so long, you can get a Suburban that represents your favorite automotive decade.