These long-life car models are nothing like the original first generation

Some models have been with us for years, many years. And over time, they have evolved and adapted. Often the changes are gradual, and at other times they are almost a clean break from the past. Sometimes we wonder how the current vehicle has anything to do with its original ancestor. Sometimes we wonder what sense it is to keep using the old nameplate.

Sometimes the model can change and adapt while remaining true to its original demographic and intended use. At other times, it has morphed into something completely different and pursuing a completely different market segment. But one thing most will agree is that these newer car models don’t have much in common with their ancestors. Let’s see how long they will last.


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Mini


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The Mini was a British car that suited the narrow streets of Europe, it was very cheap and small (hence the name Mini). He was light on gas during the oil crisis.


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Today the Mini Cooper is completely different and almost everything that made the Mini the Mini is gone. It even now comes in a five-door hatchback version that has nothing to do with the original Mini except that it vaguely resembles it superficially.

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Ford F Series


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Ford’s F series has been in production since 1948 and is the most popular vehicle on the market today. In fact, they’re the best-selling pickup truck since 1977 and the best-selling pickup overall since 1981.


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Today, they look nothing like the first generation. The original F series was small and intended more than actual utility vehicles. Today (in their fourteenth generation) they are mainly used as passenger vehicles.

Related: The Evolution Of Ford’s F-Series Trucks In Pictures

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Chevrolet Suburban


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The Chevrolet Suburban is one of America’s most iconic nameplates. But damn it is old! It has been around since 1934 and has hardly anything in common with its first generation. It is in fact the oldest nameplate still in use today.


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Today, it is a full-size SUV, and it has won a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for appearing in 1,750 movies and TV shows since 1952. It has been very popular with politicians.

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Toyota land cruiser


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The Toyota Land Cruiser is one of the world’s most popular off-road 4x4s, dominating places like the Middle East, Australia and New Zealand. And this nameplate has also been around for a long time.


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The first generation Land Cruiser debuted in 1951 and has almost nothing in common with the comfortable passenger SUV as its current generation. It is appreciated around the world for its amazing reliability and affordability.

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Chevrolet Corvette


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Perhaps among the vehicles on this list, the Chevrolet Corvette has managed to stay more true to its ancestor. Perhaps this is a consequence of the design limitation of having to keep a Corvette.


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The Chevrolet Corvette first saw the light of day in 1953 and is now in its eighth generation. Chevrolet actually adopted the word “corvette” from the Navy because it was looking for a new name to describe a new type of car. The Corvette has gone from a low-powered front six-cylinder engine to an extremely powerful V8 mounted just behind the driver.

Related: Here’s What The Ford F-Series Looked Like In The Year You Were Born

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Ford Mustang


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The Ford Mustang was one of America’s muscle cars and sold an impressive 10 million vehicles in 2018. It spurred the development of other pony cars like the Dodge Challenger and the Chevy Camaro.


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If we count the new Mustang Mach E crossover, it is now unrecognizable. It remains to be seen whether many of Mustang’s regular customers will buy the new Mach E, or if it will mostly attract new customers.

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Toyota corolla


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The Toyota Corolla is a subcompact and compact line of cars that has long been a favorite among those looking for a cheap, affordable, yet reliable car.


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In production since 1966, the modern, twelfth-generation Corolla bears no resemblance to the old car from the 1960s. It represents one of Japan’s most conservative, affordable and reliable engineering designs, and is beloved in the industry. the whole world for this reliability.

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Honda Civic


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The history of the Honda Civic is much the same as that of the Toyota Corolla rival. It debuted in 1977 and is now in its eleventh generation. The Honda Civic is available in a range of options and configurations, including a sedan or a hatchback.


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It’s generally an uninspiring car that appeals to those who want a car that will drive them reliably from A to B. However, the Type R version will have reducers’ hearts racing, decked out in tons of aero and a powerful turbocharged engine hidden under the hood.

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Porsche 911


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Some would say that the Porsche 911 is still the same, but nothing could be further from the truth. The Porsche 911 has been in production since 1964 and started life very differently from an air-cooled sports car. The technology of its engine under the hood has certainly changed dramatically over the years.


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Being a sports car, it wasn’t made in the same numbers as some of the other vehicles we’ve seen (the Beetle for example sold over 21 million vehicles). However, in 2017, due to being in production for so long, it made its millionth car.

Related: Looking Back at the Porsche 911’s First Year

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Hummer VE


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While the next Hummer EV won’t be significantly different from the old Hummer H2 in appearance, the very fact that it’s fully electric earns it a spot on this list. It is therefore undoubtedly one of the most different.


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In short, the longer the car is in production, the more likely it is to change. While it’s not rocket science, it’s fun to see how this actually happened.


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