By 1969, BMWs so-called Neue Klasse (New Class) of sedans was firmly in the middle-aged years of its respectable lifespan. A series of cars introduced eight years earlier, BMWs New Class had rescued the Bavarian automobile manufacturer from the scrapyard of history and set a high standard for sedan quality. The 1969 BMW 1800 was carrying the New Class torch faithfully and enjoyed respectable sales numbers, as had its predecessors. What had catapulted the 1800 series to popularity back in 1963, its first production year, was the clearly more muscular engine output in relation to its 1500 precursor. Other aspects were simply par for the course: ideal driving position, excellent visibility, classy exterior, and a stable feel when operating at higher RPMs.
The 1969 BMW 1800 did feature a few distinguishing characteristics which had resulted from the manufacturers constant refining of existing designs and engineering of prototypes. In particular, that highly regarded M10 engine which powered the 1800 had undergone a resizing which altered both the displacement (from 1773 to 1766 cc) and the stroke/bore ratio (from 0.952:1 to 0.798:1). These fairly minor adjustments aside, the 1969 BMW 1800 was otherwise an emblem of consumer-driven continuity. Markets had received the New Class early that decade and continued to vote with their wallets in favor of the series throughout the 1960s. And classic car enthusiasts looking to vote decades later with their own wallets, should lean on the knowledge of an experienced dealer before doing so.
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