2019 is a bumper year for automotive anniversaries. From the birth of a company to the introduction of a new model that captured the imagination, more than a dozen car companies have something to celebrate this year. Some have created limited-edition models to mark their motoring milestones while others are just pleased to know that their car creations have stood the test of time.
Here are some who are celebrating this year:
Bentley 100 Years: W.O. Bentley founded Bentley Motors in 1919 in order to “build a fast car, a good car, the best in its class”. That desire has remained at the heart of Bentley’s vision ever since. As Bentley enters its 100th year it has created the Mulsanne W.O. Edition by Mulliner to pay tribute to Bentley’s founder. With a production run limited to just 100 cars, it provides an opportunity to own a priceless piece of Bentley’s story.
Lincoln 80 Years: Lincoln began as a custom luxury vehicle hand-crafted by chief stylist Eugene T. Gregorie for Edsel Ford in 1939. Years later, the 1961 Continental introduced the unique center-opening doors and a chrome-accented upper shoulder line that established a signature look for Lincoln. Today, six decades later, Lincoln is bringing back a modern version of these iconic center-opening doors with the introduction of the Lincoln Continental 80th Anniversary Coach Door Edition. A limited run of just 80 units will be produced.
ABARTH 70 Years: After seven legendary decades, the Abarth name remains synonymous with speed, performance and style. Adopting his star sign, Scorpio, as its logo, this company produced extraordinary cars and modification kits that enhanced speed, power and overall performance of production cars. The legend continues with the 70th Anniversary range which brings something special to the 2019 Abarth models. The new Abarth 595 and Abarth 124 are recognizable by their distinctive 70th Anniversary logo.
Honda 60 Years in N.A.: Honda opened its first U.S. storefront in Los Angeles, CA, in 1959. What began as a nimble operation with eight industrious associates would quickly grow to astounding heights. For nearly four decades Honda has worked to create a safer, smarter world in which people experience the joy of mobility. The N600 was Honda’s first step into the U.S. automobile industry with a network of 58 dealers.
INFINITI 30 Years: In 1989 INFINITI launched with 51 dealers in the United States. There were 2 available models: the spacious yet powerful Q45 sedan and the performance-oriented M30 coupe. INFINITI quickly gain recognition as a leader in customer satisfaction.
Lexus 30 Years: Lexus launched with two sedans, the LS 400 and ES 250, and a commitment to pursue perfection. Since that time, Lexus has expanded its line-up to meet the needs of global luxury customers.
Mercedes G-Wagen 40 Years: After 40 years of conquering terrain on every continent, the G-Class journey advances. Along with its signature 4-wheel drive and three lockable differentials, virtually every measure of its off-road ability, from climbing to fording depth, is improved for 2019.
Chrysler Minivan 35 Years: Chryslers is celebrating the 35th anniversary of the minivan as the originator and leading innovator in the segment it created in 1984, with a 35th Anniversary edition that is available on Chrysler Pacifica, Pacifica Hybrid and Dodge Grand Caravan models. The first modern minivan was unveiled in 1983, sparking a new segment of people movers that rose in popularity very quickly, transporting millions of moms, dads and kids, and becoming part of their families.
Audi TT 20 Years: It’s hard to believe the delectable Audi TT has been on the road for 20 years. To mark this special occasion Audi is celebrating the life of the small two-seater with a special 20thAnniversary Edition.
Mazda MX-5 30 Years: In 1989 Mazda debuted the MX-5 Miata. Now, 30 years later, Mazda is proud to unveil the 2019 Mazda MX-5 Miata 30th Anniversary edition. This special edition is meant to commemorate all the milestones and the important people that have been part of this special journey, especially Mazda’s enthusiastic fans.
Nissan Z Celebrates 50 Years: The first-ever Datsun Z was launched at the New York Auto Show in 1969. To celebrate the icon’s 50th anniversary, Nissan is unveiling a special anniversary edition at the Show. NYIAS is also commemorating the occasion with a parade of 50 Zs from 1969 to today on Opening Day, Saturday, April 20.