By 1964, the Neue Klasse (New Class) of BMW vehicles had pulled a struggling company back from the financial brink. Its 1500 model, the first of the New Class which enjoyed production from 1962-1964 after a 1961 debut, had restored public trust in BMW and set a new quality standard which all subsequent materials would match or surpass. It follows that by 1964 BMW had a high bar to overcome; it did not disappoint. In fact, 1964 was a transitional year for the manufacturer. It was the final year of the 1500 (which was slightly improved over the 1962/63 models) and was actually the second production year of the anticipated and popular BMW 1800. With its 1.8-liter engine, the 1800 outperformed, in terms of power, both the BMW 1500 and its direct successor the BMW 1600, and was met with acclaim for that reason and several others.
In terms of raw numbers, the BMW 1800 relied on 5,250 RPMs to yield 90 horsepower, an increase over the 1500s comparatively slight 80 horsepower. As the BMW 1500s had already laid the groundwork for BMWs return to form, the 1800 series was simply continuing an upward trend. And having used its time well following the 1961 1500 presentation, the 1800 offered a comprehensive upgrade by almost any reasonable standard. If you are in the market for of the BMW New Class vehicles, a visit to the Beverly Hills Car Club would be an excellent place to see that ambition through.
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