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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.

Chris Paukert
Following stints in TV news production and as a record company publicist, Chris spent most of his career in automotive publishing. Mentored by Automobile Magazine founder David E. Davis Jr., Paukert succeeded Davis as editor-in-chief of Winding Road, a pioneering e-mag, before serving as Autoblog's executive editor from 2008 to 2015. Chris is a Webby and Telly award-winning video producer and has served on the jury of the North American Car and Truck of the Year awards. He joined the CNET team in 2015, bringing a small cache of odd, underappreciated cars with him.
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Historic images of Toyota's Corolla
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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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