1967 BMW Glas 3000 V8

Two names appear in this post that aren’t nearly as widely recognized as they should be. The first is Andreas Glas, the proprietor of Hans Glas GmbH. In the 1960s, this company briefly moved away from its bonds as constructor of sewing machines and licensed Goggomobils to produce some seriously pretty coupes; the 1300GT and 1700GT were the first and better known, but the 2600 and 3000V8 were no less striking. That’s because of the second name involved in this post; Pietro Frua.

Frua isn’t nearly as well known as the other great Italian designers of the 1960s, but he had a unique style all his own. Well before Gandini and Giugiaro capitalized on the angular wedge era of automotive design, Frua’s low, long and flat lines stood sharply apart from the rounded arches that dominated Pininfarina, Ghia and Vignale. Glas used the designs, along with the pioneering use of timing belts, to offer a slightly different vision of German transportation. It was more emotive, more flowing and, frankly, more pretty than just about anything else in period from the major manufacturers. Indeed, many compared Frua’s work on the 2600 to the Maserati Sebring – exotic company, indeed, and fitting given that the designer went on to work on several of the Trident’s designs.

But Hans Glas GmbH was bought out outright by BMW, mostly for the procurement of the Dingolfing plant and engineering crew. Before BMW closed the chapter, though, they updated a few of the Glas designs with new Munich power, stuck some BMW badges on them and Viola! A new catalog of cars! This 1967 BMW Glas 3000 V8 is an example of the seldom seen period of BMW history:

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1966 Glas 1700GT

Glas was one of those German automotive brands with limited reach that eventually got bought up by a larger company (BMW). But in the process, they were not only an innovator but created some attractive sports cars towards the end of their existence. The 1700GT was a larger engine derivative of the earlier 1300GT that debuted at the Frankfurt Motor Show in 1963, packing the same four cylinder that appeared in the BMW 1600. These coupes bodies were designed by Frua, perfectly proportioned and appearing much larger than they actually were in person. Nowadays, these are a rather obscure classic but they have a bit of a cult following in Europe. This 1966 1700GT for sale in The Netherlands would be the final year this car would be badged as a Glas, as it would become the BMW 1600GT until its demise in 1968.

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1968 Glas 1304CL

I’ve slotted this car into the following categories of “never seen one” and “didn’t know existed.” While Glas is a rather obscure marque to some, I was well aware of the microcars and GT series of sports coupes they produced before being taken over by BMW in the 1960s. But this 1304CL for sale near Hanover, Germany left me scratching my head. After doing some research, I found out that the car we see here, the 1304CL, was a derivative of an earlier variant, the 1004 range, with the CL denoting “Combi Limousine.” Liftgates were still rather uncommon in the 1960s, but it wasn’t enough to interest customers. However, this car did survive for a bit after Glas was absorbed by BMW. It was also an inspiration for a later and much more loved variant of the 2002, the Touring.

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1967 BMW Glas 3000 V8

Noted for their Goggomobil micro cars of the 1950s and 1960s, Hans Glas GmbH delved into sports car production in the early 1960s with the 1300GT. Glas was the first manufacturer to use a timing belt with an overhead cam engine, part of the reason why BMW decided to take over the company after it fell into financial hardship in the mid 1960s. But before the Glas name was retired, they had one last trick up their sleeve in the form of the 2600 V8. Eventually the engine was enlarged to 3.0 liters in the 3000 V8, when a BMW badge would appear on the car. These sports coupes weren’t enough to save the company, though and in 1968, Glas was no more.

The company’s legacy lives on, as BMW’s Dingolfing production facility was formerly owned by Glas. This factory is BMW’s largest facility. This Glas 3000 V8 was brought to our attention from our reader Paul is for sale in Freiburg, west of the Black Forest near the French and Swiss borders.

Year: 1967
Model: 3000 V8
Engine: 3.0 liter V8
Transmission: 4-speed manual
Mileage: 72,493 km (~ 45,045 mi)
Price: €75,000 (~ $100,177 USD)

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Radio Becker, trailer hitch (from Glas/BMW V-8 3000 were only built 418 copies, of which 71 are under the direction of BMW. This car is in very nice restored condition. The interior is still completely original, with a very nice patina. Historically, this car is seen as probably the only originally registered car by Hans Glas GmbH and the second owner being Bavarian-Motoren-Werke AG. Miles are original, as is the complete history of the vehicle. A car whose rarity is unquestionable, since few of the 418 copies have survived.

1965 Glas 1700 GT

During the late 1960s, my father was a Russian translator with the American Army at Bad Aibling, just north of the Austrian border. While he was stationed there, he helped curry favor amongst the local population by organizing hillclimbs and rallys that was open to both military personnel and civilians. There were a lot of interesting cars and manufacturers that existed then which are no longer with us, but one car that caught his attention was the Glas GT.

Hans Glas GmbH was a manufacturer that started out making farm machinery and evolved into a producer of motorscooters and automobiles. BMW would acquire Glas in 1966, a move motivated by their desire to access the smaller company’s patents. The GT was initially introduced in 1964 with a body designed and built by Frua and shipped for final assembly to the Glas factory in Dingolfing, Germany. This lithe coupe was initially offered with a 1.3 liter four cylinder, a larger 1.7 liter engine became available in 1965, producing 100 bhp, good for a 115 mph top speed. This 1700GT is for sale in Freiburg, Germany and had a complete restoration in 2004.

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Year: 1965
Model: 1700 GT
Engine: 1.7 liter inline four
Transmission: 5-speed manual
Mileage: 802 km (~ 498 miles)
Price: €45,000 (~ $60,192 USD)

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Blaupunkt Cologne stereo radio, light alloy wheels with 175/70R14 tires, MiniLite 51/2×14. This Glas 1700 GT was completely and fully restored in 2003/04. The car is now in top-notch condition, since it was restored only driven 802 km. All historical documents including statements by the former Glas dealers are available. Only 1,680 of these 1700 GTs were built, of which fewer remain. A car with a beautiful body, unique history and great handling with high potential for appreciation.

Seeing Double: Two rare 1968 BMW 1600 GTs for sale

It’s always fun to find some strange on eBay motors. Today’s oddities come in the form of the petite and rare BMW 1600 GT, the product of BMW acquiring funky scooter- and car-maker Glas for their patents. They liked the look of the Glas 1700GT, threw in the 2.0L from the 2002-preceding 1600, and boom, a BMW 1600 GT looking like the bastard child of 60s-era Audi and Fiat. They’re cute bastards though, and could be a fun piece of BMW weirdness if you felt like shipping one of them from Brazil.

The seller’s description for the silver:

I’m selling a very rare BMW 1600 GT designed by Pietro Frua for Hans Glas from the Glas Factory in Digolfing-Germany. Hans Glas was a famous owner of the Glas factory and was producing the Gogomobile cars, and the Glas 1300 and 1700 designed by Pietro Frua ( Maserati, Rolls Royce Corniche, and other cars designer). When BMW bought the factory from Hans Glas, the engineers looked at the Glas 1700, changed the engine for the BMW 1600 and renamed the car as BMW 1600 GT.
Only 1209 cars were made. Today it is the car that collectors and museums dream of.

The car has the matching numbers engine, run and drive very well, just restaured car. The BMW 1600 GT is restaured with some features like the new inox gas tank, red original new leather, new Continental EcoContact 3 175/70 R 14 84T tyres, window chromes are not re-chromed (originals), and paint has a little dots.

The car is in São Paulo- Brazil, and I’m selling as-is, without warranty. I can help to send worldwide with very good professionals at your expense.

1968 BMW 1600GT

Growing up, I heard a lot of stories about Europe and the cars over there, as my father was stationed in southern Germany for the US Army Defense Language Institute. One of the cars that made a favorable impression on him was the Glas. An interesting company that brought us the Gogomobile and the first application of a timing belt in conjunction with an overhead cam engine, BMW bought the Dingolfing based company in 1966, phasing out production in the latter part of the decade.

I have rarely seen any Glas for sale that is so complete, let alone in this kind of condition. While it is located in Brazil, this probably won’t be an issue for the serious collector. You can’t exactly find one of these for sale right around the corner.

1968 BMW 1600GT For Sale:

The seller states:

I’m selling a very rare BMW 1600 GT designed by Pietro Frua for Hans Glas from the Glas Factory in Digolfing-Germany. Hans Glas was a famous owner of the Glas factory and was producing the Gogomobile cars, and the Glas 1300 and 1700 designed by Pietro Frua (Maserati, Rolls Royce Corniche, and other cars designer). When BMW bought the factory from Hans Glas, the engineers looked at the Glas 1700, changed the engine for the BMW 1600 and renamed the car as BMW 1600 GT. Only 1209 cars were made. Today it is the car that collectors and museums dream of.

The car has the matching numbers engine, run and drive very well, just restaured car. The BMW 1600 GT is restaured with some features like the new inox gas tank, red original new leather, new Continental EcoContact 3 175/70 R 14 84T tyres, window chromes are not re-chromed (originals), and paint has a little dots.

From a call from Germany, the car collector told they are only 300 examples remaining at the world and at the club register!