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List of best-selling cars includes some surprises

From Russia with love and an American pickup truck make all-time top-10 sales list


Henry Ford’s Model T was the first car to reach 5 million, 10 million and 15 million units sold. Between 1908 and 1927, 16.5 million of the cars were purchased by people around the world.

The car was so popular that Goodwood Road & Racing notes that in 1916, 55 percent of all motor vehicles on the roads of the world were Ford Model Ts.

It would take decades for any single model to outsell the Model T. Do you remember which car that was?

It was the Volkswagen Beetle, the first to reach 20 million sales, and with total sales of more than 21 million units. 

Believe it or not, the Beetle ranks only fifth on the all-time sales list compiled by Goodwood researchers. By the way, at least a couple of the vehicles on that list may come as a surprise.

, List of best-selling cars includes some surprises, ClassicCars.com Journal
Ford Model T

Here they are, in countdown order:

10. BMW 3 Series, with 16 million sales in 46 years of production.

9. (tie). Ford Model T and Ford Fiesta, each with 16.5 million units sold. In the Fiesta’s case, those sales took place over 45 years.

8. Lada Classic, 17.75 million units of this Russian-built version of the Fiat 126 were sold over the course of 42 years, and with the vehicle largely unchanged during that production run.

7. Opel/Vauxhall Corsa, more than 18 million sold in 39 years.

6. Volkswagen Beetle, more than 21 million.

5. Volkswagen Passat, more than 23 million since its introduction in 1973.

4. Honda Civic, more than 24 million in nearly 50 years.

3. Volkswagen Golf, more than 35 million sold.

2. Ford F-Series pickup truck, more than 41 million since 1948.

1. Toyota Corolla, more than 50 million in 55 years.

, List of best-selling cars includes some surprises, ClassicCars.com Journal
Toyota Corolla
Larry Edsall
Larry Edsall
A former daily newspaper sports editor, Larry Edsall spent a dozen years as an editor at AutoWeek magazine before making the transition to writing for the web and becoming the author of more than 15 automotive books. In addition to being founding editor at ClassicCars.com, Larry has written for The New York Times and The Detroit News and was an adjunct honors professor at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University.


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