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.
NEW! From a call from Germany, the car collector told they are only 300 examples remaining at the world and at the club register! The BMW 1600 GT is a very rare car after the 507 convertible model! A very good investment !
Pietro Frua designed the Maserati, Lamborghini and the Glas 2300 the famous “Glaserati”
This is a healthy car collectors item!
Pietro Frua design in your garage!!!!
The silver is clearly the nicer version, especially inside, though I’m guessing a lot of the extra $20k on the price is for the numbers-matching collector bait. Cute cars and one would definitely be a fun vintage kind-of-Bimmer to cruise around in, but $40-$60k before transcontinental shipping makes them more of a fun thought experiment than a reasonable purchase.