In 1967, the model range was renamed to comprise the 240 and 340, with the 3.8-litre available only by special order.
The power of the 2.4 was boosted at the same time, while slimmer bumpers were the main external change.
Cost-saving measures, including front foglights becoming an optional extra and a switch from standard leather to Ambla upholstery, had occurred just prior to these changes introduced for the last two years of production.
Alfa Romeo Giulia, 1962-’76
The Alfa Romeo 1300 TI feels light on its feet
The 105-series Giulia saloon wasn’t just Alfa Romeo’s most successful model to date, with 542,085 of all variants built and spawning the Spider, the GT series of coupés and the 1750/2000 Berlina, but proved the basis of Alfa Romeo’s identity for the rest of the 20th century.
Based on the running gear of the Giulietta saloon, the Giulia incorporated crucial changes to make the car less of a specialist product – no longer did the suspension need regular greasing, while great strides were made in improving refinement.
The styling not only looked fresh, but the boxy four-door was deceptively aerodynamic thanks to the benefit of wind-tunnel testing, with a Cd of 0.33 – as good as many cars on sale today.
The 105-series Giulia saloon was the foundation for Alfa Romeo’s future
The range was launched as the TI with a 1.6-litre engine, soon joined by a 1.3-litre, with the 1300 TI proving the most popular model and accounting for nearly half of all Giulia saloon production.
There was significant simplification to the front and rear bodywork for the 1974 Nuova, while a 55bhp Perkins diesel engine was fitted to 6582 of these final cars.
BMW ‘Neue Klasse’, 1962-’75
The BMW’s competent chassis allows you to exploit the 1.8-litre M10 engine
BMW cut a confused image prior to the Neue Klasse range, building licensed copies of the Italian Isetta, its extremely expensive (and loss-inducing) 501 and 507, and a tiny economy car, the 700.
But with this fresh model range the firm found the identity it is known for today.
An all-new design with a new engine to boot, the Neue Klasse made its debut as the 1500, though the 1800 soon joined the line-up and proved the most successful version.
The 1600, 1800Ti, 1800TiSA, 2000 and 2000Ti models followed. In all, 348,681 were built.
The BMW’s boxy shape contains excellent packaging
The Neue Klasse spawned the ’02 series, a shortened two-door version, and these models proved crucial in establishing BMW in America and other key export markets.
The car’s design language would also inspire the ‘New Six’ range of saloons, known to enthusiasts as the E3.
These three ranges would, in subsequent generations, become known as the 3, 5 and 7 Series.
Jaguar Mk2 2.4