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BMW Neue Klasse / 4 Doors of Fun

Yes, a predecessor to the forever iconic 2002 and e9 models that started production in 1962 with the 1500 model. This model is considered the one that saved the nearly bankrupt company. The 1500 ultimately turned into the 1600, 1800, and 2000 models, these model numbers represent the engine displacement. And speaking of engines, this is where the M10 / four cylinder engine was born. This engine was placed within BMW cars up until 1988, what a run!

The resemblance to the 4 door 1600 and 2002 models is evident by glancing at the front nose. But after that, it starts to change a bit – 4 doors, wider stance, and a flat panel trunk lid are the initial things one will notice.

Good Times at the Track –
In 1965 they introduced the 1800 TISA. Only 200 of this model were made with more that a few finding their way to the racetrack……even taking first place at the Spa 24 Hours Race. Here is a short list of parts that set this model apart from the others –

Dual 45 DCOE Weber carburetors

10.5:1 compression

Longer duration cam

150+ Horsepower (as opposed to 120 bhp for the 1800 TI and 102 for the standard 1800)

5 speed close ratio transmission

Rear disc brakes

Special sports seats

Tachometer that extends from dash out toward driver

Wooden steering wheel

Designer –
Giovanni Michelotti is the pen and paper behind this car, a known car designer of the 20th century, having contributed to BMW, Lancia, Maserati, Triumph, and more. You can see the Italian influence in the overall design of the BMW NK series, from the four doors up to the 2002 model.

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