Blast From The Past: The Bestselling Classic Cars of All Time


Which classic cars are the bestselling of all time? Which models drove up sales as they were being driven out of showrooms? Revving up for contention, here are 25 of the makes and models that have combined popularity with commercial success.

(25) Peugeot 504 (1968-2005)


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This spacious family classic won the European Car of the Year award in 1969. 3,713,400 sold.

(24) Fiat 127 (1971-1983)


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A lovely little supermini, the Fiat 127 was Fiat’s favourite baby until the Uno ousted it. 3,750,000 sold.

(23) Citroen 2CV (1948-1990)


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Magnificent engineering with a distinctive body, the Citroen 2CV is a much loved classic. 3,900,000 sold.

(22) Fiat 500 (1957-)


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The original city car, the Fiat 500 became every urban driver’s small car of choice. 3,900,000 sold.

(21) Pontiac Grand Am (1973-2005)

The American challenge to European sport sedans, the first generation of the Pontiac Grand Am are much sought after. 4,000,000 sold.

(20) Ford Cortina (1962-1982)


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Britain’s bestselling car of the 70s, the Cortina was a big winner for Ford. 4,279,079 sold.

(19) Ford Model A (1927-31)


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Another great success for Henry Ford, the Model A is an American icon often seen in period set movies. 4,320,446 sold.

(18) Chevrolet Camaro (1967-2002)


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A challenge to the Ford Mustang, the Camaro was immortalised as Bumblebee in Transformers. 4,800,000 sold.

(17) Ford E Series (1961-)

An extremely popular van, the line continues to this day. 5,200,000 sold.

(16) Toyota Land Cruiser (1953-)


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Toyota’s jeep-styled Land Cruiser is particularly popular down under, where it is the best selling 4×4. 5,300,000 sold.

(15) Ford Crown Victoria (1980-2012)

This popular Ford model will be discontinued in 2012, marking the end of an era. 5,500,000 sold.

(14) Mitsubishi Galant (1969-)

The Galant has evolved somewhat over the years and continues to sell well. 5,500,000 sold.

(13) Buick Le Sabre (1959-2005)


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A beautiful vehicle, the Buick Le Sabre featured cutting edge design elements. 6,000,000 sold.

(12) Chevrolet Cavalier (1982-2005)

The Cavalier was one of the all time bestsellers in the US while they were in production. 6,200,000 sold.

(11) BMC/BL/BMW Mini (1959-)


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A British icon of the Swinging 60s, this is a beloved little beauty. 6,700,000 sold.

(10) Renault 4 (1961-1992)


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This economy hatchback was a big hit in France and across Europe. 8,150,000 sold.

(9) Ford Mustang (1964-)


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Sizzling hot and a true American classic, the Mustang ushered in the pony car class. 8,300,000 sold.

(8) Renault 5 (1972-1996)


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An incredibly popular supermini, the Renault 5 sold well throughout Europe and the States. 8,800,000 sold.

(7) BMW 3 Series (1977-)


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The multi-award winning BMW 3 series greatly increased BMW’s sales figures and became a classic compact executive. 9,800,000 sold.

(6) Oldsmobile Cutlass (1961-99)

Starting as an experimental sports coupe, the Oldsmobile Cutlass was a cut above. 11,900,000 sold.

(5) Chevrolet Impala (1958-)


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A wonderfully designed car and of America’s top selling Sedans of all time. 14,000,000 sold.

(4) Ford Model T (1908-1927)


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Where it all really began, Henry Ford’s affordable car was an influential inspiration. 16,500,000 sold.

(3) Honda Civic (1972-)


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From humble subcompact and compact beginnings the Honda Civic has evolved into a classy car. 17,730,000 sold.

(2) Volkswagen Beetle (1938-)


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Made even more famous by Herbie, the Volkswagen Beetle is the longest running car design still manufactured today.

(1)Ford F Series (1948-)

Holding the crown for bestselling truck for 34 years, the Ford F Series is another American classic. 30,000,000 sold.

This is a guest post from the car hire company Vroom Vroom Vroom.