1948 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 USP.
1950 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.
1979 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.
1984 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.
1996 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.