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BMW Neue Klasse - production 1962–1977 Owners and tuning Club

The BMW New Class (German: Neue Klasse) was a line of compact sedans and coupes produced by German automaker BMW between 1962 and 1977. The New Class ensured BMW's solvency after the company's financial crises of the 1950s and established the identity of BMW automobiles as sports sedans. The term New Class referred to the 1.5–2–liter class of automobiles from which BMW had been absent since World War II.

The New Class began in 1962 with the 1500, a new automobile with a new engine. The 1500, and all subsequent New Class cars, had a unit body, fully independent suspension with MacPherson struts in front and semi-trailing arms at the rear, front disc brakes, and a front-mounted four-cylinder M10 engine.

Initially a series of four-door sedans, the New Class line was broadened to include the 2000C and 2000CS two-door coupes at the high end in 1965 and the 1600-2 two-door economy sedan at the low end in 1966. The 1600-2, later renamed the 1602, was itself expanded into the 02 Series 1600 and 2002. Using the engine and suspension of the original four-door design in a smaller and lighter two-door unit body, the 02 series, especially the 2002, caught auto enthusiasts' attention and established BMW as an international brand.

Replacement of the New Class line of cars began with the upscale 2000C and 2000CS coupes, which were replaced by the six-cylinder BMW E9 starting with the 2800CS in 1969. The New Class four-door sedans were replaced by the larger BMW 5 Series in 1972. The 02 Series was replaced by the BMW 3 Series in 1975, except for the economy 1502 model which continued until 1977.

The “New Class”: 1500 – 2000, 2000 Coupé.

These modern four-door midsize Saloons had 4-cylinder in-line engines featuring an overhead camshaft, McPherson spring strut front axle, semi-trailing arm rear axle and disc brakes at the front. The large model variety was due to different engines and power ratings.

NEUE KLASSE (1962-1977)

Arguably the single most important model in BMW’s storied 100- year history, the Neue Klasse sedan — made in various guises and sporting various displacements from 1962 through 1977 — came after the 700 saved the company. Rather than a rear-engined, aircooled economy car, the Neue Klasse ticked the boxes of what we think about a BMW sedan to this day: unitized body and chassis, front-engined, rear-wheel drive, MacPherson front struts, semitrailing arms in the rear, coil springs all around and disc brakes up front. It was a recipe for creating the sports sedan that could handle without beating up its passengers. Under the hood of every Neue Klasse, right up to the very end, was a version of BMW’s M10 OHC four-cylinder engine, a powerplant that motivated everything from the 2002 to the 320i and even spawned a Formula 1-winning derivative.

2002 – 02-Series (1967-1975)

If the Neue Klasse marked the invention of the sports sedan, the two-door 2002 (itself part of that New Class lineup) bridged the gap between such an animal and the dedicated sports car. Indeed, rivaling the outright speed around a road course that many contemporary sports cars could muster, the 2002 inspired a legion of sports car afi cionados to consider a BMW.

Writers waxed poetic, BMW’s sales— particularly in the USA — surged, and those in the know would flash their round headlamps at each other when passing. While not nearly as quick as the muscle cars of the day, a well-driven 2002 could be hustled around corners faster than any of them. With the sporty, fuel-injected 2002 Tii, BMW put even more hustle into its winning formula. With just over 400,000 made, many 2002s remain, continuing to be enjoyed on back roads and road courses alike by their drivers.

BMW 1500, 1962 – 64 4-cyl. ohc 1499 cc 59 kW (80 hp)
BMW 1800, 1963 – 68 4-cyl. ohc 1773 cc 66 kW (90 hp)
BMW 1800 TI, 1964 – 68 4-cyl. ohc 1773 cc 81 kW (110 hp)
BMW 2000, 1966 – 72 4-cyl. ohc 1990 cc 74 kW (100 hp)
BMW 2000 tii, 1970 – 71 4-cyl. ohc 1990 cc 96 kW (130 hp)
BMW 1600, 1964 – 66 4-cyl. ohc 1573 cc 61 kW (83 hp)
BMW 1800 CS, 1968 – 71 4-cyl. ohc 1766 cc 66 kW (90 hp)
BMW 1800 TI/SA, 1965 4-cyl. ohc 1773 cc 96 kW (130 hp)
BMW 2000 TI/tilux, 1966 – 71 4-cyl. ohc 1990 cc 88 kW (120 hp)

1962 – 1972
BMW 1500
BMW 1600
BMW 1800
BMW 1800 TI
BMW 1800 TI/SA
BMW 2000
BMW 2000 TI/tilux
BMW 2000 tii
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