1960s Foreign Cars — A Story of Their Growth

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Some 1960’s European

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In the 1960s BMW realized that by on sports sedans and compact cars, it could compete with Mercedes-Benz in the luxury-car of Europe and the United States. at the Frankfurt, Germany, auto in September 1961, BMW introduced a of a car it called the New Class sedan. The New was so good that it would the blueprint for virtually every car BMW produced until the 1990’s.

in 1961, the BMW 1500 was the first of the New generation. The 1500 was the first BMW with a four-cylinder engine. It out in 1963 with a top speed of 148 These 1960 foreign also featured front brakes and 4-wheel independent The BMW 1500 was only available as a sedan. The car was well-received and BMW couldn’t up with the demand. With for high performance, the 1500 into the Classic BMW 2002, was Car magazines and the public were in their praise for the modern in the 1500 and were eager to buy

BMW manufacturing plants couldn’t up with the demand of these 1960s foreign cars, and 23,807 vehicles were between 1962 and 1964. The was a middle-class family sedan, but the market demanded a car with performance. They did not have to long, for BMW’s engineers the 1500 to further development, into the classic BMW 2002, these 1960s foreign were first released in 1968. In-between models the 1800 which had a 90 hp engine. The model was released in February and consumers were buying Car and Driver called it the best sedan we ever drove as as the best economy car ever to an undeserving American public. It was ($2,500), fast (102 mph and seconds to 60 mph), economical (up to 30 mpg on the and reliable.

The BMW Isetta Bubble Car was popular as a car with a 300CC motorbike giving 80MPG and a top speed of 55

Bmw 1602

Volvo

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Volvo’s sports car was the P1800 . first in 1960 it went into the following year and by 1963, with the model Amazon, its market was the US which was the largest market by far. Volvo oned by Ford ) was fourth on the of 1960s foreign cars in the US. An touring car with its sleek lines, the P1800 found in The Saint TV series with Moore behind the wheel.

1965, saw a new model of the Amazon . the released, but the difference between model and the standard two-door was not particularly striking. In 1966 144 was released. This new car model had keeping Volvo’s design occupied for so long was, in of safety, extremely advanced. It had brakes all round, had a split column and it came with a new on the three-point safety belts. The had energy-absorbing crumple zones at the and rear. Even the door had a safety design. The 144 came a dual-circuit brake system. The car had two circuits and, if one of them 80% of braking effect was still making these 1960s cars among the safest to on.

Two years later, the Volvo 144 was a success abroad, including the US these 1960s foreign complied with the new safety

In 1968, more models on the 144 were produced, including the 164, the 140 series, the Volvo 144 In Great Britain, Volvo’s rose by 70% during the year. The year, a number of minor to the new 140 Series models were They included head on the front seats, safety for three passengers in the rear and an electrically-heated rear window. 1960s foreign cars will see more safety during the subsequent decades, its reputation as a builder of strong and cars.

1968 Volvo 144


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