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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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Full Year 1974 Top 100 Ranking Table below.

Germany 1974:

PosModel1974%/731973
1Mercedes ‘Strich 8’140,1278.4%3%3
2VW Passat132,9888.0%252%12
3Opel Kadett127,4577.7%3%5
4VW Beetle121,5117.3%-49%1
5Opel Rekord87,9745.3%-42%2
6Audi 8077,0944.6%-39%4
7VW Golf71,4034.3%new –
8Ford Taunus66,3274.0%-26%7
9Opel Ascona60,9423.7%-37%6
10BMW “-02”45,2412.7%-12%10
11Renault 444,5262.7%-9%11
12Audi 10043,3962.6%-31%8
13Ford Consul33,3172.0%-43%9
14Ford Capri29,2891.8%31%22
15BMW 5er29,0191.7%23%21
16Ford Escort28,2361.7%-21%14
17Mercedes S-Klasse27,1781.6%-16%15
18Renault 526,9591.6%5%19
19Fiat 12825,4731.5%-32%13
20Simca 110022,5641.4%
21Fiat 12722,1491.3%-13%20
22Citroen 2CV21,6961.3%9%24
23Peugeot 50418,0831.1%
24Fiat 12617,9121.1%66%
25VW Scirocco16,9671.0%
26Renault 1616,2121.0%-27%23
27Renault 613,8970.8%-14%
28Renault 1213,6560.8%-23%
29Citroen GS12,7070.8%-8%
30Alfa Romeo Alfasud12,5430.8%
31Opel Manta12,0820.7%-54%17
32Fiat 13211,7680.7%28%
33VW K7010,7390.6%-62%16
34Simca 100010,1510.6%
35Audi 509,6290.6%
36Peugeot 1049,3910.6%
37BMW 2500 / 3.39,2000.6%-41%
38Fiat 1248,6520.5%-33%
39DAF 668,2950.5%
40Volvo 1407,4560.4%-25%
41Ford Granada7,4380.4%-51%
42Peugeot 3047,2060.4%
43Simca 15017,1730.4%
44Peugeot 2046,9600.4%
45Simca 13016,4850.4%
46Opel Commodore5,7100.3%-62%
47VW 4125,6930.3%-69%25
48Autobianchi A1125,1550.3%
49Datsun Cherry4,8290.3%36%
50Datsun 12004,5250.3%10%
51Leyland-Innocenti Mini4,3160.3%
52Citroen DS/ID3,4190.2%-38%
53DAF 443,1290.2%
54Citroen Dyane3,0860.2%14%
55Austin Mini2,7920.2%
56Toyota Corolla2,7690.2%
57Renault 152,7500.2%-44%
58Fiat 5002,2840.1%-62%
59Porsche 9112,1160.1%-42%
60Alfa Romeo Alfetta2,1100.1%
61Fiat X 1/91,9560.1%
62Seat 8501,9220.1%-35%
63Chrysler 2L1,9170.1%
64Renault 171,9140.1%-61%
65Matra Bagheera1,8660.1%
66Opel Admiral/Diplomat1,6370.1%-68%
67Skoda 100 Limousine1,6060.1%-59%
68Lada “Schiguli”1,4230.1% –
69Toyota Celica13660.1%
70Datsun Bluebird1,3380.1%-17%
71Mercedes SLC1,3320.1%-72%
72Chrysler 1801,3050.1%
73VW-Porsche 9141,3030.1%-71%
74Chrysler Sunbeam1,1390.1%-58%
75Citroen Ami 81,0770.1%-22%
76NSU Ro 801,0620.1% –
77Alfa Romeo 2000 Berlina9920.1%
78Toyota Carina8530.1%
79Chrysler 1608020.0%
80Polski Fiat 125p7690.0%-59%
81Austin 13007010.0%
82Honda Civic6970.0% –
83Mercedes SL6880.0%n/a
84Porsche Carrera5910.0%
85Skoda 110 Limousine5450.0%
86Toyota Mark II5310.0%
87Austin Maxi4930.0%
88Austin Marina4890.0%
89Peugeot 4044330.0%
90Alfa Romeo Spider4240.0%
91Skoda 100 R Coupe4230.0%
92Austin Allegro3820.0%
93Datsun Violet3500.0% –
94Zastava Z-1013480.0%
95Opel GT3220.0%-88%
96VW 1813000.0%
97Volvo 2402990.0%
98Datsun 240 Z2830.0%125%
99Toyota 10002310.0%
100Alfa Romeo 1300 Coupe2170.0%

Source: Manufacturers, DC at www.autoweek.nl and Florian

This Post Has 3 Comments
  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
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