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From the Holden Monaro, to the VT Commodore and the Toyota HiLux, we look in the rear-view to see which cars have made the biggest impression on us as a nation over the decades.
Every decade there’s a car that’s a star. It’s more than a top-selling vehicle; it’s a car that reflects our needs and aspirations, and shapes our culture.
Although affordability and availability influence our choices of makes and models, our favourite cars over the decades also reflect our love of innovation, eye for style, and desire for reliability and high-performance. Sometimes disruptions, such trade restrictions, tariffs and import quotas, have limited our choices, but we’ve always kept abreast of world trends.
Picking the best car for each decade since the 1950s, when car ownership became a reality for one in 10 households, is tricky. Sometimes the cars we loved pioneered new technology, sometimes they were the perfect size for families, and sometimes they had design features we couldn’t resist.
So, taking sales figures, cultural significance, and iconic status into account, what follows is a list of Australia’s favourite cars over the decades since the 1950s.