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Toyota celebrates 50 years of the world's most popular car

Toyota's humble Corolla is not only its best-selling car ever, it's the world's best-selling automotive nameplate of all time, with over 43 million sold. See how dramatically it's evolved over 50 years by scrolling through this gallery.

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Produced from 1988 to 1992, the sixth-generation Corolla sprouted this sporty GTS notchback variant.

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50 years of Toyota Corolla

Toyota's fourth-generation Corolla range included a rather rakish Liftback model. This was produced from 1979 to 1983.

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This is the just-facelifted 2017 Toyota Corolla, in a 50th Anniversary special edition, no less.

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The 10th-generation Corolla was also available in a sportier-looking model, complete with upsized alloy wheels and a mild body kit.

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This is the second-generation Toyota Corolla, a 1973 fastback model.

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The seventh-generation Corolla, seen here in 1993 four-door sedan trim, is still a common fixture on the world's roads.

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The second-generation Corolla shown here served the masses between 1971 and 1974.

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Here's an example of the third-generation Corolla "sport coupe," offered between 1975 and 1978. This example is a 1977 SR-5.

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Built between 1984 and 1987, the fifth-generation Corolla spawned the now-legendary AE85 and AE86 rear-drive models.

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Toyota CEO Akio Toyoda proudly mugs in the driver's seat of a right-hand-drive four-door Corolla GT.

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This 2002 Toyota Corolla LE is an example of the eighth-generation model, which ran between 1998 and 2002.

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The sixth-generation Corolla, built between 1988 and 1992, this is a midrange LE example.

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This eighth-generation Corolla was available between 1998 and 2002.

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Toyota produced the fifth-generation Corolla between 1984 and 1987 in this unusually stylish two-door coupe version.

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Say "hello" to the third-generation Corolla, offered between 1975 and 1978. This is an SR5 Liftback.

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The ninth-generation Corolla was produced between 2003 and 2008.

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Here's an example of the second-generation Corolla, known as the E20 generation.

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This two-door second-generation E20 Corolla ran from 1971 to 1974.

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Here's a Corolla two-door notchback depicted in a typically American scene. This third-generation model was built between 1975 and 1978.

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The first-generation Corolla, built between 1966 and 1970, is where it all started.

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This 1600 Fastback is part of the Corolla's second generation.

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The 11th-generation Toyota is still on sale today. First solid in the US from mid-2013, this is a pre-facelift example.

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