By 1965, the BMW New Class sedans had been known to the public for four years, available for purchase for three, and were ramping up for a third iteration of the popular and well-selling 1800 model. A year earlier, in 1964, BMW had slightly upgraded its 1500 model with the 1600 by which it was to be replaced. But the wind was taken from those sails to some degree by the marketplace presence of the 1800, which was the New Classs official second model. An upgrade from the 1500 in terms of power output, the 1965 BMW 1800 was essentially the New Class trend in its ascendant stages. By that point, the M10 engine which powered the 1965 BMW 1800 with its overhead camshaft configuration was a signature mechanical characteristic of New Class quality, and continued to animate BMWs centerpiece sedans for some time to come.
Those design features, which had rendered the New Class sedans marketable and unique, were reliably present in the 1965 BMW 1800. Whether it be the front disc brakes or dynamic suspension (rear independent), the 1800 chassis and structure provided a comfortable ride and was a good match for the engine power at work under the hood. The 1965 BMW 1800 was not a tremendous departure from the 1963 and 1964 models which had preceded it, but a testament to the brilliant, practical, and market worthy sedan which had been ushered in earlier that decade. From both an engineering and a historical standpoint, the 1800 model is deserving of consideration by even the most discriminating of collectors.
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