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Norway 1964: Beetle at 10,000+ sales, Ford Taunus 12M/15M #2

VW Beetle

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Up 15% on last year, the Norwegian car market passes the 50,000 annual registrations for the first time in 1964 at 55,326 units. For the 6th time in a row the VW Beetle is in pole position and thanks to sales up 25% it is the first model in the history of automobile in Norway to sell over 10,000 units in a single year at 10,092 sales and 18.2% share vs. 16.8% in 1963.

Ford Taunus 12M

The Ford Taunus 12M/15M is up a huge 147% year-on-year to land at a best-ever 2nd place with 4,538 units and 8.2%, and is followed by the Opel Rekord/Caravan at 7.1%, the Volvo Amazon at 6.2% and the Opel Kadett at 5.9%.

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Full Year 1964 Top 10 Ranking Table below.

Finland 1963-1964: Ford, Volkswagen and Fiat on top

Ford is the most popular brand in Finland in 1963 and 1964.

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New car sales in Finland gain 28.1% in 1963 to reach 52.225 registrations, and there is a new brand leader this year: Ford,  up three spots on 1962 to snap the pole position thanks to deliveries surging 89% to 15.1% share. It is followed by Volkswagen up 50% to 14.5%, Fiat up 7-fold to 7.2% and Simca up 140% to 6.9%, meaning the Top Four carmakers all frankly outpace the market this year. Leader from 1959 to 1962, Moskvitsh implodes 46% to 5th place in 1963, with Skoda (-50%) also struggling but Wartburg (+7%) managing a positive result. Volvo (+85%) enters the Finnish Top 10 for the first time since statistics began in 1956, Neckar lands directly at #11, Datsun is up 6-fold on its inaugural score to end 1963 just outside the Top 20 with 1% share and we also welcome Toyota (2 sales) and Suzuki (1 sale).

1964 is another year of spectacular growth for Finnish new car sales at +57.2% to 82.107 units. The podium remains unchanged, with Ford (+68%), Volkswagen (+32%) and Fiat (+85%) in the lead. Opel soars 147% and five ranks to snap the 4ht place while Moskvitsh (+43%), also growing slower than the market, manages to stay 5th. Both Austin (+132%) and Morris (+107%) leap into the Top 10, the first UK brands to rank inside the Finland Top 10. Volvo (+55%) and Peugeot (+41%) stay inside the Top 10 while Wartburg (-2%) and Skoda (-19%) are knocked out of it. Datsun (+294%) continues to advance and is now at #14 with Isuzu (#42) the new Japanese carmaker for the year.

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Full Year 1963 and 1964 Top 65 All-brands ranking below.

Greece (Athens) 1964: UK brands grab 40% of market!

Vauxhall Viva. Vauxhall is the #9 manufacturer in Athens in 1964.

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Thanks to Bill I can share with you the most popular car manufacturers in the Athens metropolitan area over the first 11 months of 1964. The market is up a beautiful 30% year-on-year over this time, and UK brands grab no less than 40% of the 8,427 unit-strong market: Ford UK leads the way thanks to 952 sales, with Austin at #5, Hillman at #7, Vauxhall at #9 and Morris at #10. Model-wise, the VW Beetle and Ford Cortina should be battling for the top spot, with the Ford Taunus 12M, Austin/Morris 1100, Fiat 1100 & 1300 and Vauxhall Viva also strong sellers.

Full 11 months 1964 Top 10 brands Ranking Table below.

Sweden 1961-1964: VW Beetle gives way to Volvo Amazon or PV

1962 Volvo Amazon Estate

The VW Beetle has spent the entire fifties in the lead and still held a huge 18.6% share in 1960. It led  the market again in 1961 and 1962 (market shares unknown – please get in touch if you have info) but is down to #2 in 1965. The Volvo PV 444/544 was #2 in 1960 with 14.7% share and stopped being produced in 1966, therefore being the least likely candidate for the pole position over the period. However the Volvo Amazon, only 4th at 8.1% in 1960 is the best-seller in 1965 and could have spent a couple of year on top before then.

If you do have sales data for Sweden over the period please ensure you get in touch by commenting on this article.

Greece (Athens) 1963: Ford leads thanks to Cortina

Ford Cortina

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Thanks to Bill, today we go back in time 50 years to explore the best-selling brands in Athens, Greece in July 1963! A long time ago indeed. Ford leads the way by far with 149 sales and 16.9% share, thanks to the all-new Cortina, very popular in the country at the time. It is followed by Fiat at 13%, Volkswagen at 11.5% and Peugeot at 7.7%. We now have data for the 11 months of the year and the Top 4 is unchanged, with Ford up to a fantastic 18.1% market share.

Full July Top 7 and 11 months 1963 Top 4 brands Ranking Table below.

Germany 1962-1963: Beetle & Opel Rekord on top, Kadett lands

Opel Rekord

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The German car market is back on the up in 1962 at +11% and 1,217,440 units and in 1963 at +4% and 1,271,000 registrations. The VW Beetle is again distant leader over the period and celebrates 15 years on top of the German ranking in 1962 with 321,288 sales and 26.4% then sells 269,632 units in 1963 for a still extremely impressive 21.2% market share.

Ford 17M

The Opel Rekord stays #2 both years with 146,499 sales and 12% in 1962 and 168,176 and 13.2% in 1963, taking advantage of the arrival of the new generation. The Ford 17M ranks 3rd in 1962 and with 100,879 units it is only the third car in the history of German automobile to see over 100,000 units in a single year, however it drops to #5 and 83,605 sales in 1963.

Opel Kadett

In 1962 the first units of what would become a legendary nameplate, the Opel Kadett, are sold but the model really takes off in 1963 when it reaches an excellent third place with 96,186 sales and 7.6% share. The Ford 12M is also in strong progression that year at #4 and 93,242 units (+66%). Notice the Mercedes W110 and NSU Prinz stable at #7 and #8 and the DKW F 12 landing directly in 9th position in 1963.

Full Year 1962 and 1963 Top 20 Ranking Tables below.

Italy 1956-1963: Fiat 600 the people’s favourite UPDATED

Fiat 600

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Launched in 1955, the Fiat 600 is an instant success with Italian consumers. It would be the best-selling car in the country for 8 years in a row between 1956 and 1963. If you have more detailed information about Italian car sales by model during this period please make sure to get in touch!

Thanks to the team at UNRAE I can now share with you a ranking by brand for Italy from 1960 to 1963. It’s a time of exponential growth for the Italian market: going from 381,385 sales in 1960 to 951,704 in 1963!

Next year: Italy 1964-1968: Fiat 500 takes the relay

Full Year 1960-1963 Top 20 brands Ranking Tables below.

Norway 1963: VW Beetle and Ford Cortina dominate

Ford Cortina

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Car sales in Norway are up 8% in 1963 to 48,031 registrations. The VW Beetle is the best-selling model in the country for the 5th year in a row with 8,079 sales and 16.8%, ahead of the Ford Cortina delivering an amazing first full year with 5,747 units sold and a huge 12% share.

Like in 1962, the Opel Rekord/Caravan rounds up the podium at 3,449 sales and 7.2%. The Volvo Amazon gains 66% to rank #4 at 6% while the Opel Kadett makes its first appearance in the Norwegian Top 10 at #5 and the Ford Taurus 12M/15M is up to #6. Notice also the Fiat 1100/1300/1500 at #10, a very rare appearance of the Italian brand at this level in the country.

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Full Year 1963 Top 10 Ranking Table below.

Argentina 1962: Locally produced IKA-Renault Dauphine most popular

IKA-Renault Dauphine

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In 1960, Industrias Kaiser Argentina (IKA) and Renault start manufacturing the Dauphine locally in the Santa Isabel factory. The model is similar to the one sold in the USA, and will continue its career in Argentina until 1970. In 1962, it is the best-selling model in the country. .

IKA-Renault Dauphine logo