Prince Skyline 1500 Deluxe (1963)
One of the most interesting generation timelines is the Skyline’s.
This was the generation that deeply defined what a Skyline looked like for more than 30 years, although performance was pretty standard: the 1500cc engine was good enough for around 70bhp.
Abarth 1500 Bertone Biposto (1952)
“Abarth realised that, if anything, an Abarth labelled car would be a very powerful marketing tool for his ‘go fast’ products. He also knew that the best way to attract attention was with an eye-catching body. With their very promising designer Franco Scaglione, Bertone would be an ideal partner for this project. Nobody at the time could have known that the Bertone bodied Abarth would form the basis for a series of three legendary show cars.”
Fiat 1500C advertisement (1940)
A car, a horse, some women, visible back seats, and a voyeurist. Oh 1940’s Fiat, we loved you.
Fiat 1500 Spider advertisement.
Triumph Spitfire 1500 (1974)
A revised MKIV, with a slightly bigger engine, allowing it to reach the 100mph mark.
“She waits for you. She’s Mazda 1500.
Beautifully curved with long flowing lines, smooth silken motion.
Feline in beauty, catlike in response, she’s capable of accelerating in 19.6 seconds to a quarter mile.”
I don’t think Mazda had a great writing department in the late 60’s.
Suddenly I don’t know if its the women or the car who can accelerate
in 19 seconds to a quarter mile.
But still, gorgeous and underrated vehicle, the 1500.
BMW 1500 (1962 - 1972)
The car that pushed BMW into the starlight again. It featured gorgeous looks and proper BMW engineering, which began gaining its reputation with the 1500. It wasn’t underpowered, its 4 cylinder engine developed 80bhp which was good enough for its weight of just a ton. A very desirable family car.