Can You Identify the Best-Selling Cars of the Last 50 Years?

By: J.P. Naomi
Image: YouTube

About This Quiz

In the last 50 years, more than 70 million cars were sold. Think you have what it takes to recognize these top sellers? Get your motor running up to speed and GO!

The Ford Mustang is an American-made pony, or muscle car. It was first manufactured by Ford in March 1964 and is still in production to this day, currently on its sixth generation!

The Toyota Camry was first introduced to the world in 1982, although the picture above is a 1990 model. It is still in production today, though it has grown from a compact classification into a mid-size classification!

The Volkswagen Jetta has been in production since 1979. It was originally intended to fill a sedan niche above Volkswagen's Golf hatchback offering. More than 14 million had been sold by 2014.

The Mini was classified as a city car during its years of production, 1959 - 2000. The distinctive two-door car was designed for British Motor Corporation by Sir Alec Issigonis.

The Volkswagen Beetle was officially known as the Volkswagen Type 1, also called the Käfer in German. It was manufactured as a two-door, four-passenger rear-engine vehicle from 1938 - 2003. A total of 21,529,464 were made!

The Ford Ranger was a compact pickup truck produced by the Ford Motor Company from 1982 - 2011. While introduced a year after the Chevrolet S-10, the Ranger went on to become the best-selling compact truck in the United States from 1987 to 2004.

The Mazda MX-5 has been in production since 1989. It has several times been ranked as Car of the Year, particularly in the United Kingdom.

The Oldsmobile Cutlass was a line of automobiles produced by Oldsmobile between 1961 and 1988, and again from 1997 to 1999. The first-ever Oldsmobile Cutlass was an experimental sports coupe designed in 1954!

The Pontiac Firebird was produced by General Motors from 1967 - 2002. It was designed as a pony car to compete with the Ford Mustang.

As one of the top-selling cars in Europe, Volkswagen began production on the Polo in 1975. It has been produced in five generations.

The Oldsmobile 88 was a full-sized car produced by General Motors from 1949 - 1999. It is thought of by many as the first muscle car, though others would disagree!

This is a photo of the Jeep Wrangler. Currently in its third generation, the Jeep Wrangler was first produced in 1986. In May 2009, Business Week magazine named the Wrangler One of the Most Iconic Cars of the Last 20 Years.

Nissan has been producing the Sentra since 1982. It serves the company's compact car, though the EPA believes it to be more of a mid-size car due to its interior volume!

Starting in 1989, the Chrysler Town & Country has shown itself as a luxury passenger minivan. More than 12 million have been sold worldwide!

The Impala name was first used for the full-sized 1956 General Motors Motorama show car that bore Corvette-like design cues, especially the grille. It has since gone on to more than 10 generations and is regarded by US News & World Report as the #1 Affordable Large Car.

The Volkswagen Golf has been in production since 1974. The Golf is Volkswagen's best-selling model and the world's second best-selling model, with more than 29 million built by 2012

The Ford Fiesta is a supermini vehicle marketed by Ford since 1976 over seven generations. It is manufactured globally, including in Europe, Brazil, Argentina, Mexico, China, India, Thailand and South Africa.

The Ford Galaxie was produced in the United States from 1958 - 1974, though production continued in Brazil until 1983. It was regarded as the high volume counterpart to the Chevrolet Impala.

The Volkswagen Passat has been in production since 1973. It has several other names including: the Dasher, Santana, Quantum, Magotan, Corsair and Carat!

The Honda Accord has been one of the best-selling cars in the United States since 1989. It was first manufactured by Honda in 1976.

The first Honda Civic was introduced in July 1972 as a two-door model, followed by a three-door hatchback that September. It has won various 'car of the year' awards around the world throughout its lifespan.

The VAZ 2101 was an adaptation of the Fiat 124 for the Soviet market. It was built between 1970 and 1982 with sales reaching 1 million on Dec. 21, 1973.

The Focus was primarily designed by Ford of Europe's German and British teams beginning in 1998. It comes in front and all-wheel drive options. It is the successor to the Ford Escort.

The Ford F-Series has been the best-selling vehicle in the United States since 1981 and the best-selling pickup since 1977. It is also the best-selling vehicle in all of Canada.

The Mercedes-Benz C-Class was known as a compact executive car. It was first produced in 1993 and came after the Mercedes-Benz 190 E (W201) vehicle.

In 1997, the Toyota Corolla became the best-selling nameplate in the world, surpassing the Volkswagen Beetle! Toyota has sold more than 40 million Corollas since 1966.

The Ford Cortina was produced by Ford UK and Hyundai from 1962 - 1982. It was the United Kingdom's best-selling car of the 1970s.

Manufactured by British Leyland from 1971 - 1980, the Morris Marina became the number one selling car in the United Kingdom. It regularly took third or fourth place in the following year.

The Mazda Familia, also marketed prominently as the Mazda 323 and Mazda Protegé, was a small family car that was manufactured by Mazda between 1963 and 2003. The Familia line was replaced by the Mazda3/Axela in 2004.

The Austin Allegro was manufactured by British Leyland from 1973 - 1982. In total, 642,350 Austin Allegros were produced during its ten-year production life.

The Ford Capri was in production from 1968 - 1986. It was designed by Philip T. Clark, who was also involved in the design of the Ford Mustang.

As the successor to the 02 Series, the BMW 3 Series is an entry-level luxury car manufactured by the German automaker BMW since May 1975. The 3 Series is BMW's best-selling model, accounting for around 30% of the BMW brand's annual total sales!

The Austin 1100/1300 was a variant of the British Motor Company ADO16. The ADO16 was the UK's best selling vehicle following its launch in 1962.

The Ford Sierra was built by Ford Europe from 1982 to 1993. It was designed by Uwe Bahnsen, Robert Lutz and Patrick le Quément. The Sierra was the 1983 Semperit Irish Car of the Year in Ireland.

The Vauxhall Cavalier was a large family car that was manufactured by Vauxhall from 1975 - 1995. A total of more than 1,800,000 Cavaliers were sold in three generations, making it the fifth most popular car ever sold in Britain.

The Ford Taurus began production in 1985 and is now in its sixth generation. It won many awards, most notably being named to the 1986 Car and Driver Ten Best List and becoming the 1986 Motor Trend Car of the Year.

A product of General Motors since 1953, the Chevrolet Corvette was first introduced at the GM Motorama in 1953 as a concept show car. It has won many awards over the years including North American Car of the Year in 2014.

The Renault Clio is classified as a supermini car. French manufacturer Renault began production on the Clio in 1990 and continues to this day. It is a front-engine, front-wheel-drive vehicle.

The Buick LeSabre was a full-size car made by General Motors from 1959-2005. The car was designed by Harley Earl, first head of design at General Motors.

The very distinct Volkswagen Type 2 was manufactured between 1949 and 2013! It was one of the top-selling vehicles during the "counterculture" movement of the 1960s, earning itself the nickname "hippie van"!

This image is of a Nissan Z-car, manufactured by Nissan from 1969 - 2000, and again from 2002 to present day. It is also called the Nissan Fairlady Z in Japan!

A successful vehicle of General Motors, the Cadillac De Ville was produced from 1958 - 2005. The De Ville was the largest car in the Cadillac model range at the time of its last model in 2005.

A full hybrid electric automobile developed by Toyota, the Prius has been in production since 1997. The United States Environmental Protection Agency and California Air Resources Board (CARB) rate the Prius as among the cleanest vehicles sold in the United States based on smog-forming emissions.

Although it has never been sold in the United States or Canada, the Opel Corsa has been a top-selling vehicle throughout Europe beginning in 1983 to the present.

The Subaru Legacy is Subaru's flagship car. It has been in production since 1989 and more than 3.6 million have been built since its introduction.

Pontiac Grand Am was produced in three different runs. From 1973 - 1975, 1978 - 1980 and again from 1985 - 2005. It was Pontiac's best-selling car and was later replaced by the Pontiac G6.

French manufacturer Peugeot began production on the 206 in 1998. It is still in production in Iran by Iran Khodro today. Since 1998, more than 10 million have been sold worldwide.

The Lancer has been produced by Mitsubishi Motors since 1973. Between its introduction in 1973 and 2008, over six million units had been sold, including nine generations.

About HowStuffWorks Play

How much do you know about dinosaurs? What is an octane rating? And how do you use a proper noun? Lucky for you, HowStuffWorks Play is here to help. Our award-winning website offers reliable, easy-to-understand explanations about how the world works. From fun quizzes that bring joy to your day, to compelling photography and fascinating lists, HowStuffWorks Play offers something for everyone. Sometimes we explain how stuff works, other times, we ask you, but we’re always exploring in the name of fun! Because learning is fun, so stick with us!

Explore More Quizzes