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West Germany 1974: Mercedes ‘Strich 8′ surprise best-seller

Mercedes Strich 8

* See 'Read more' for the Top 100 best-selling models! Thanks DC & Florian for the data *

Another trip down memory lane today, this time to West Germany in 1974, which is a relatively weak year in terms of sales volume at 1,662,384 registrations. For the first time since 1938, it is not a Volkswagen that tops the models ranking but a Mercedes! Taking advantage of a changeover year between the Beetle and the Golf, the Mercedes Strich 8 finishes the year in pole position with 140,127 sales and 8.4% share, up 2 spots and 3% on 1973.

VW Passat

The VW Passat flamboyantly takes the 2nd spot for its first full year of sales in the country at 132,988 units and 8%, ahead of the Opel Kadett, up 2 spots and 3% with 127,457 sales and 7.7%. The VW Beetle falls by 49% to 4th position at 121,511 units and 7.3% and is followed by the Opel Rekord (-42%) and Audi 80 (-39%).

Datsun Cherry

1974 sees the birth of the legendary VW Golf, landing directly in 7th place with 71,403 sales and 4.3% share. The BMW "-02" holds well at #10 and 45,241 units and the Renault 4 still best-selling foreign model at #11 with 44,526 sales. The Renault 5 takes the 2nd spot at #18, followed by the Fiat 128 (#19) and Simca 1100 (#20).

Further down the ranking, notice the Citroen 2CV at #22, the Peugeot 504 at #23, the Datsun Cherry best-selling Japanese model at #49 with 4,829 sales, followed by the Datsun 1200 (#50), Toyota Corolla (#56) and Datsun Bluebird (#70).

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  1. October 27th, 2011 at 07:26 | #1

    TOP 15 BEST SELLING CARS IN GERMANY IN 1977
    1 – OPEL KADETT
    2 – VOLKSWAGEN GOLF MKI
    3 – FORD TAUNUS
    4 – VOLKSWAGEN PASSAT MKI
    5 – MERCEDES BENZ W 123
    6 – FORD FIESTA MKI
    7 – FORD GRANADA
    8 – OPEL ASCONA
    9 – BMW 3.16/3.23i
    10 – OPEL REKORD
    11 – VOLKSWAGEN POLO/DERBY
    12 – BMW SERIE 5
    13 – AUDI 100
    14 – FORD ESCORT
    15 – RENAULT 4
    9 -

  2. October 26th, 2011 at 22:01 | #2

    The Alfasud was really a huge success from Alfa!

  3. mohamed
    October 26th, 2011 at 20:09 | #3

    where is egypt septemper 2011 ?

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