The New Class sedans first previewed by BMW in 1961 would enjoy 15 years of production from 1962-1977, with several variations on the basic design coming to pass throughout that period. And though in 1972 the New Class line had another half-decade of manufacturing ahead of it, that year nevertheless marked the end of an era. In 1966, the 2000 models were introduced as a stronger and more elegant alternative to the otherwise solid 1800 series. Nearly as successful as the 1800 from a sales perspective, the 2000 was produced in comparable quantities (around 150,000) and proved itself a successful entry in the New Class lineup. And the 1972 BMW 2000 Sedan was the final model of this line, as even the most well-received and best-selling of vehicles have a shelf life.
The unavoidable reality is that by 1972 BMW, hugely innovative and pioneering Bavarian automobile manufacturer that it is, had another round of successor vehicles poised for release. But the 1972 BMW 2000 Sedan ensured the 2000 series would not go quietly into the night. With its well-known chassis and those subtle distinctions (additional trim, wide taillights, a distinctive grill) that separated the 2000 from earlier New Class models, the 1972 BMW 2000 Sedan muscled its way around highways and interstates with the 100+ horsepower M10 SOHC (M05 variant) which had awed consumers and automobile critics six years earlier. Buyers looking to own their piece of BMW history would do well in considering the 1972 2000, if only because of its unique place as the last of its kind.
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