BMW 1970 Models

BMW 5-Series (E12)


The BMW E12 BMW 5-Series was made between 1972 and 1981. The E12 was the first series to bear the 5 Series name: the numeral '5' denoting BMW's fifth 'New Class'. Production was from 1972–1981 of which 699,094 cars were built.


1.8 L M42 l4
1.8 L M10B18 l4
2.0 L M17 l4, 115 hp (86 kW)
2.0 L M64 fuel injected l4, 125 Hp or 93 kW
2.0 L l6
2.5 L l6
2.8 L l6
3.0 L l6, 176 hp (131 kW)
3.5 L l6, 218 hp (163 kW)
3.0 L l6, 176 hp (131 kW)
2.8 L I6, 169 hp (126 kW)

Transmissions 4-speed and 5 speed manual gearbox Wheelbase 2,600 mm Length 4600 mm) Width 1,690 mm and Height 1,425.6 mm. The vehicle was designed by Marcell Gandini.

BMW (E24)

The E24 series was the first BMW 6 series coupe, produced by BMW between the 1976 and 1989 model years. It saw production from 1976–1989 in which time 86,216 cars were built in Dingolfing, Germany. Its predecessor was the BMW E9 and its successor the BMW E63/E64. The body style was a 2 door coupe with a 2.8 L -3.5 L engine and a 4 and 5 speed manual gearbox and also 3 and 4 speed automatic transmission. Wheelbase 2,626 mm and Length 4,755 mm and 4,923 mm, Width 1,725 mm, Height 1,365 mm and 1,354 mm (M6). The curb weight 1,450 kg–1,520 kg and the car was designed by Paul Bracq.


BMW 3 Series (E21)


The BMW E21 is the body designation for the first BMW 3 series compact executive car, produced by the BMW from 1975 to 1983. This series was the immediate successor to the BMW 2002 and was superseded by the BMW E30 2 door sedan. Production was from 1975–1983 in which time 1,364,039 cars were  manufactured. Assembled in Munich, Germany. The car was fitted with
1.6 L straight 4 cylinder engine
1.8L straight 4 cylinder engine
2.0L straight 4 cylinder engine
2.3L straight 6 cylinder engine
2.0L straight 6 cylinder engine

Engines were coupled to 3-speed automatic transmission or 4-speed manual or 5-speed manual gearboxes. Wheelbase 2,563 mm.Length 4,355 mm. Width 1,610 mm. Height 1,380 mm.


The BMW ‘New Class’ was a line of compact sedans and coupes produced by BMW starting in 1962 with the 1500 and continuing through the last of the production line 2002’s in 1977. Powered by BMW's celebrated four cylinder M10 engine, the New Class models featured an independany suspension and MacPherson front struts and front disc brakes.
Initially manufactured as 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.

BMW 1500 (4-doors)


Introduced in September 1961 the BMW 1500 was produced from 1962 - 1966. The four-door four-door saloon, was in many ways conventional, using MacPherson front suspension. Less conventional was the independent rear suspension featuring coil springs and semi-trailing wishbones pivoted from a stout cross beam which also supported the differential housing. The "oversquare" cylinder dimensions of the original 1,499 cc model, along with the overhead camshaft marked out the car's new four cylinder as a modern design, with plenty of scope for future enlargement and development.


The 1500 was able to achieve 80 hp or 60 kW and accelerated to 100 km/h in approximately 15 seconds. The engine ran smoothly and without gratuitous vibration even at speeds above 6,000 rpm. The firm suspension and correspondingly harsh ride came as a surprise to those conditioned by the BMW 501 to anticipate a more comfort oriented compromise in the handling and smoothness of balance.

The BMW 1500 was replaced in 1964 by the BMW 1600, but it was still made available in markets.
BMW 1800 (4-door)

The BMW 1800 was the second member of the New Class family, introduced in 1963 with a 90 hp or 67 kW 1.8 L engine. An 1800 TI named the Turismo Internazionale model featured components developed for the 1800 by the preferred tuning company Alpina. The upgrades included dual Solex side draft carburetors and higher than usual compression pistons for 110 Hp or 82 kW. A racing 1800 TI/SA was introduced in 1964 with dual Weber DCOE 45 mm carbs with 130 hp or 97 kW.
BMW 1600 (4-door)
The 1600, introduced in 1964, used the pistons from the 1800 to enlarge the 1500s engine to 1.6 L (1573 cc) and 85 hp (63 kW). It replaced that smaller model in 1964 and was produced through 1968 of which 29,362 were manufactured.


The 1602 (2-door) The 02 Series sports sedans came into being after the racing and rally successes of the ‘New Class’ sedans. BMW opted for a smaller, lighter and more compact 2-door version which was penned under BMW's in-house designers Georg Bertram and Manfred Rennen using the remarkable BMW M10 four cylinder engine and chassis components, the 1600 2 door coupe "1602" and "1600" made its debut at the Geneva auto show in 1966 and sold until 1975. The M10 engine was up to 96 hp or 72 kW and 123 N·m of torque.


A limited-production cabriolets were produced by Baur from 1967 through 1971. A 2-door sedan version, the 1600ti, featured the dual Solex PHH side-draft carburetors and produced 105 Hp or 78 kW for 1967 and 1968 year models.

BMW 2000C/CS


Featuring a modern coupe body by Karmann the 100 hp or 75 kW single carburetor 2000C which produced 120 Hp or 89 kW. The dual carburetor 2000CS were sold from 1965 through 1969. 'C' versions were available with a manual gearbox or an automatic transmission while 'CS' versions were only available in manual. The front of the coupe was completely changed in 1969 with the introduction of the 2800CS.
BMW 2000 (4-door)


The 100 hp BMW 2000 sedan appeared a year after the 2000C model and was sold from 1966 through 1972. The 2000 featured distinct wide taillights, more exterior trim, and unique rectangular shaped headlights. A different grille with four individual round headlights, similar to the design that BMW later used in the 2500 sedan.


A 2000TI model, similar to the 1800TI, was built with twin Solex side-drafts with 120 hp or 89 kW. However, the 2000TI retained the 1800’s taillights and headlights. A later model 2000ti lux, featured the sporty TI engine, a wooden finished dashboard leather seats.


The 'ti lux, produced 135 hp or 101 kW and or167 N·m of torque, (gross).
Finally, the 2000tii was BMW's first fuel injected model car, featuring a higher compression pistons for the 2.0L engine. 1,922 2000tii cars were built of this final New Class sedan model.
BMW 2002 (2-door)


The 2002 is one of BMW's most famous automobile models ever made for its time line period. Its popularity commanded the company's reputation for compact sports sedan cars and served as frontrunner for the BMW 3 Series with it’s 1990 cc engine which was capable opf 108 bhp or 81 kW in the 2002 model, and 130 bhp or 97 kW in the high performance 2002tii, offering a top speed of 185 km/h.


The 2002ti or Touring Internationale is a very rare car and even more so than the 2002 turbo. The 2002ti had two solex 40 mm side-draft carbs and high compression pistons which resulted in an engine producing 120 bhp or 89 kW and was made for the years 1968 - 1971. Hans Stuck won the Nurburgring 24-hour race in 1970 in a 2002 tii, but the car also won many hill-climbs and rallies. The 2002 Turbo was launched at the 1973 and saw the first BMW's as Europe's first production turbo which produced 170 hp or 127 kW at 5800 rpm with 240 N·m of torque of torque.

BMW 7 Series (E23)


The BMW E23 is the first BMW 7 series luxury car produced by BMW which came with a 2.5 L – 3.4 litre engine and 4 and 5 speed manual gearbox as well as 3 speed and 4 speed automatic transmissions. Production saw 285,029 vehicles being made, replacing the BMW E3 large family sedan, the E23 which was produced for ten full years from 1977 to 1987. The E23 was replaced by the BMW E32, 7 Series in the year of 1986.
The wheelbase was 2795 mm, length 4860 mm, width 1800 mm, height 1430 mm and the curb weight 1530 kg – 1670 kg. The car was designed by Paul Bracq.

BMW M1


The BMW M1 (E26) is a 2 door coupe, full sports super car that was produced by BMW from 1978 to 1981 of which only 456 production M1’s were built, making it one of BMW's rarest models ever. The spirit of the M1 lived on in the M635Csi and the first generation BMW M5, which shared the same, slightly modified engine.
In the late 1970s, Lamborghini entered into an agreement with BMW to build a production racing car in sufficient quantity.

The car resultant from the partnership was sold to the public from 1978 to 1981 and was called the BMW M1. It was the only mid engined BMW to be mass produced. It employed a twin cam M88/1 engine which was a 3453 cc straight-6-cylinder petrol powered engine with mechanical fuel injection. A version of this motor was later used in the South African version of the BMW 745i, built between 1984 and 1986, as well as the BMW E24 and BMW M6/M635CSi and BMW E28 M5.

The engine had six separate throttle bodies bodies, four valves per cylinder and produced 204 kW or 273 Hp in the street standard version, giving a very respectable top speed of 260 km/h. Turbo racing versions were capable of producing around 850 hp or 634 kW.


The car was equipped with a 5 speed manual gearbox with a wheel base of 2600 mm, length 4361 mm, width 1824 mm and height of 1140 mm and was designed by Giorgetto Giugiaro.


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