Classic Cars

A Salute to the BMW 1500\1800\2000 Series

The world got its first look at BMW's 1500 in 1961 at the 40th Annual Frankfurt International Motor Show in Germany. This "Neue Klass" mid-sizer was the result of years of work on a new model designed to join in between the entry-level one and two cylinder cars and the more expensive six and eight cylinder ones. The 1500 came to be a stylish four door sedan with a 75-horsepower inline four engine that took its design styles from Italian saloons.

By 1963, BMW added two 1.8-liter models to the range after the wild success of the 1500. These were in the form of the 90-horsepower 1800 and the 110-hp 1800 ti. By 1965, in honor of the 100,000th "Neue Klasse", BMW introduced the 100-horsepower, 2.0-liter 2000 model. In all, between 1963 and 1972, over 350,000 "Neue Klasse" models ranging from the 1500 to the 2000 were built by the Bavarian automaker.

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