BMWs That Will Be Missed: BMW 1800

After BMW launched the 1500 in 1961, in 1963, just 2 years later, the Bavarian manufacturer released the 1800.
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This new car from BMW also had 4 doors and was the second member of the New Class family. It shared the M10 engine the 1500 had with some modifications. The bore and stroke sizes were modified reaching a total capacity of 1,773 cc for the 1800.

This increase in capacity allowed the German engineers to increase the car's power to 90 HP and the torque to 130 Nm. The transmission remained the same, using the rear axle to propel the car forward with the same gearbox.

There were a couple of variants of the 1800 available in its 8 years of production. The 1800 TI (Turismo Internazionale) had components developed by Alpina (it was 1963!) like dual Solex PHH side-draft carburetors and higher-compression pistons. That meant that the 1800TI had 110 HP and 136 Nm of torque.

In 1964 a special TI/SA edition was developed. This one had 130 HP and 144 Nm of torque due to dual Weber DCOE-45 carburetors and a higher compression ratio. The TI/SA version had thicker anti-roll bars and larger-diameter brake disks than the standard TI. However, only 200 of these were made.

Overall a total of 156,130 of 1800s were manufactured, out of which 134,814 were standard 1800 models, 21,116 were 1800TIs and 200 were 1800TI/SA.
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