Top ten list of the best selling American, European and Japanese automobiles.
Best Selling Cars of All Time
Some cars are just so good they just keep selling and selling over the decades. Here we’ll look at the best selling cars of all time, including American made, European made and Japanese made.
American Made Cars
American car manufacturers build cars to last, and the top 10 are no exception. Starting at the bottom of the list, the Buick LeSabre sold 6 million models between 1959 and 2005. Just above the LeSabre is the Ford Taurus, which sold even more cars in a shorter period of time: 7.4 million from 1986 to today.
Ford is popular on the American list. The Mustang has sold 9 million models from 1964 to today. Moving on up the list: the Oldsmobile Cutlass sold 11.9 million models between 1961 and 1999, when Oldsmobile stopped making the vehicle.
There were 12 million Chrysler Minivans sold between 1984 and today, and the Ford Fiesta sold 12 million models as well from 1976 to the present. The Chevrolet Impala, always a favorite, has sold 13 million cars from 1958 to today.
Now we’re moving into the final stretch. The Ford Model T did better in a 19 year period (1908 to 1927) than any other car on the list (or in history for that matter). 16.5 million vehicles were sold in that period.
Coming in at number two on our list is the Ford Escort. While no longer being manufactured, 20 million people bought Escorts from 1968 to 2003.
And at number one, yet another Ford. They must be doing something right. The most popular, best selling American made vehicle of all time is the Ford F-Series, which has sold 32 million models since 1948!
European Made Cars
Europe has some heavy hitters too, when it comes to best selling cars. At the bottom of the list is the Renault Clio, which sold 8 million cars from 1990 to 2005. Next is Fiat’s Uno, which sold 8.8 million from 1983 to today. The BMW 3 Series, a favorite worldwide, has sold 9.5 million cars since 1977.
We’re not as familiar with some European brands here in the States, like the Opel Corsa, at number 7 on our list. It sold 11 million models between 1982 and now. Opel also has the Kadett, which sold 12 million cars between 1962 and 1991. Other lesser known brands include Lada, who manufactured 13.5 million models of the Riva between 1980 and today.
Volkswagen is a brand we do know, and its Passat has been purchased 15 million times since 1973. Starting our top 3, we have the Fiat 124, which has sold 20 million models since 1966. At number 2, the classic Volkswagen Beetle, reaching 21.5 million sales between 1938 and 2003, when VW stopped producing them.
The best selling European car of all time is the Volkswagen Golf. This car has been sold to 26 million people since 1974.
Japanese Made Cars
Japanese cars are popular in the U.S. as well as in other countries. Let’s take a look at their best sold cars.
At number 10, the Subaru Legacy barely makes the list, selling 3 million cars from 1988 to present. The Toyota Land Cruiser has sold 4 million models since 1953. Then the Mitsubishi Gallant, a favorite compact car, manufactured 5 million cars from 1969 to today. Mitsubishi has also sold 6 million Lancers since 1973.
The Honda Accord, known for its stability, has sold 8 million models since 1976. The Toyota Camry, a good competitor for the Accord, has produced 10 million cars since 1983.
Mazda makes one appearance on this list at number 4 with the Protégé. It sold 10 million cars from 1963 to 2003. The Nissan Sentra also makes an appearance at number 3, selling 16 million cars from 1966 to today.
Honda does two things well: the Accord and the Civic. 16.5 million people have purchased Civics since 1972. And at number one on the Japan list: the Toyota Corolla. 37 million have been sold since 1966.