The BMW New Class
(German: Neue Klasse
) was a line of compact sedan
and coupes produced by German automaker BMW
starting with the 1962 1500 and continuing through the last 2002s in 1977.
Powered by BMW's celebrated four-cylinder M10
engine, the New Class models featured a fully independent suspension
, MacPherson struts
in front, and front disc brakes. Initially a family of four-door sedans and two-door coupes, the New Class line was broadened to two-door sports sedans with the addition of the 02 Series
1600 and 2002 in 1966.
Sharing little in common with the rest of the line beyond the power train, the sporty siblings caught auto enthusiasts' attention and established BMW as an international brand. Precursors to the famed BMW 3 Series
, the two-doors' success cemented the firm's future as an upper tier performance car maker.
New Class four-doors with numbers ending in "0" were replaced by the larger BMW 5 Series
in 1972. The upscale 2000C and 2000CS coupes were replaced by the six-cylinder BMW E9
, introduced in 1969 with the 2800CS. The 1600 two-door was discontinued in 1975, the 2002 replaced by the 320i in 1975.
==1500 (4-doors)==<!-- This section is linked from BMW
-->Introduced in September 1961 at the Frankfurt Motor Show
, the 1500 was produced from 1962 through 1966.
The four door monocoque three-box
four door saloon, though modern to the eye, was in many ways conventional, using MacPherson strut
front suspension which by this time was becoming... Read More