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1MERCEDESBENZ SL

1954 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.

2MINI 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.

3PORSCHE 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.

4TOYOTA 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.

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.