A man named Irv Gordon bought a new Volvo P1800
roadster in 1966, and little did he know its 1.6 L inline 4 cylinder engine, with 100 horsepower and manual transmission
would outlive him
. Gordon died in 2018, after having put 3.2 million miles
on his P1800. The car still runs.
The first few decades after World War Two were especially lean in West Germany. Mercedes
couldn’t churn out luxury vehicles, so it pivoted to making incredibly strong cars like the W123
. This diesel beast sported a 2.4L 4-cylinder engine with 62 horsepower and a 4-speed manual transmission.
The Volkswagen Beetle
had an exceptional run from 1938 to 2019, renowned as one of the most reliable cars ever built. Its simple parts made it an easy choice for millions of drivers. The air-cooled engine didn’t require coolant, and it had few parts, making repairs a snap.
Toyota AE86 Corolla
This isn’t your kid’s 2003 Corolla—the Toyota
AE86 Corolla was a shifty, drifty little menace with a 1.6L 4-cylinder engine, a 5-speed manual gearbox, and 128 horsepower
. It was known for its durable body and tires. The AE86 Corolla inspired the Toyota 86.