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Sweden 1965: Volvo Amazon and VW Beetle lead the way

Volvo Amazon (P120)

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In 1965 the Volvo Amazon dominates the Swedish models ranking with a very imposing 15.4% market share, leading the way above the VW 1200/1300 (aka Beetle) at 11.3%.

VW Beetle

Note 1965 is the first year official car sales in Sweden show a Volvo in the lead. The reign of the Amazon may have started earlier but I don’t have any official data yet to confirm it. If you do please comment on this article!

Saab 96

The legendary Saab 96 rounds up the podium with 7.8% share ahead of the Opel Rekord, the Ford Taunus 17 M and the Opel Kadett.

Full Year 1965 Top 7 Ranking Table below.

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Argentina 1965: Ford Falcon instant best-seller

1965 Ford Falcon, Argentina spec

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Launched in 1962 in the country, the Ford Falcon is an immediate success with Argentinean consumers: it becomes the best-seller as early as in 1965 and would rank #1 at year-end at least 5 more times.

Ford Falcon Argentina 1964. Picture courtesy of of the 1964 Ford Falcon in Argentina


France 1962-1965: Renault 4L takes control

Renault 4L

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Launched in July 1961, the Renault 4L doesn’t wait and become the best-selling car in France in 1962, and stays there for four consecutive years. However for this period I only have official production rankings which differ from sales slightly. The 4L would end up being the best selling French car in history with 8,135,424 units by the end of its life in 1992.

Renault Dauphine

In 1962, the Renault 4L leads the production ranking with 197,000 units, with the Renault Dauphine resisting very well in 2nd place with 171,000 units, followd by the Simca 1000 at 154,000 units, the Citroen 2CV at 145,000 and the Peugeot 404 at 141,000.

Renault 8

In 1963, while the Renault 4L is at 233,000 units, for its first full year of sales the Renault 8 jumps 5 spots to land directly in 2nd place with 221,000 units produced. It is followed by the Peugeot 404 (174,000), Simca 1000 (169,000) and Citroen 2CV (158,000).

Peugeot 404

In 1964 if the Renault 4L is still the best-seller it is however not the most produced car in France: the Renault 8 takes the lead at 187,000 units vs. 181,000 for the 4L. The Peugeot 404 is a close #3 with 178,000 units, followed by the Citroen 2CV (168,000) and Simca 1300/1500 (157,000).

In 1965 the Renault 4L is back on top of both sales and production with 182,000 units. The Peugeot 404 (164,000) climbs to a brilliant 2nd place, ahead of the Citroen Ami 6 (158,000), Citroen 2CV (138,000) and Simca 1300/1500 (118,000), the Renault 8 falling to #7.

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Brazil 1962-1965: VW Fusca, Aero Willys & Willys Rural strong sellers

The oldest production figures published by Quatro Rodas date back to 1962, when the VW Fusca led the way with 38,259 units before becoming the first car to be produced at over 50,000 units a year in Brazil in 1964 (51,755).

Aero Willys

This period sees the success in Brazil of a few models produced by the American brand Willys-Overland: the Aero Willys, a 1952 model whose American production stopped in 1955 before the tooling was shipped to Brazil to be launched there in 1960, was #2 in the country from 1963 to 1965.

Willys Rural

The Willys Jeep, the brand’s core skill, was #2 in 1962 but dropped to #5 in 63. The Willys Rural was also very successful, ranking 4th in 1962 with 11,903 units and peaking at 14,899 units in 3rd in 1964. It would be renamed Ford Rural when Ford acquired Willys-Overland do Brasil in 1967.

Renault-Willys Gordini

A Renault-Willys joint-venture produced the Dauphine and Gordini in Brazil at that time, both models being quite popular. The VW Kombi was also strong over the whole period, ranking 3rd each year except 1964 (#4).

DKW Vemag Vemaguet

DKW Vemag Belcar

Lastly, Vemag produced DKW cars under licence in Brazil between 1958 and 1967 with some success: the DKW-Vemag Belcar was #7 in 1962 and 63 (7,280 units), #8 in 64 and #9 in 65, whereas the DKW-Vemag Vemaguet ranked 8th in 1962 and 63, 10th in 64 and 7th in 65 (8,884 units).

Full Top 15 Ranking Tables for 1962, 63, 64 and 65 below.

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