* See ‘Read more’ for the Top 20 best-selling models – many thanks to Florian for the data! *
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.
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.
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.