Glas 3000 V8
- only 2 owners in the last 35 years
- extensively restored
- German first delivery
- fresh service in 12/2022
- TÜV until 11/2024
The BMW Glas 3000 V8 is one of the rarest and most exclusive vehicles from German production.
The company Hans Glas GmbH was founded in 1883 as an agricultural machinery factory and was very successful. When the demand for agricultural machinery declined in the 1940s, the company initially concentrated on the production of motor scooters.
When customers were looking for a more comfortable alternative due to increasing prosperity, Glas launched the famous Goggomobil. It was enormously successful and 270,000 vehicles were sold. Since even the Goggomobil was still a small car and buyers were increasingly looking for more comfort, Glas GmbH increasingly expanded its product range. In addition to the smaller models, Glas offered a sporty saloon in the form of the 1700, which was even supplemented by a first coupé in the form of the accompanying 1300 GT / 1700 GT.
As the Glas company was still relatively small compared to the competition, the idea of being profitable as a manufacturer of premium vehicles even with smaller quantities matured in 1964. Therefore, the decision was made to develop an exclusive eight-cylinder coupé. Based on the cylinder heads of the 1300 four-cylinder engine, a modern 2,600 cc V8 engine was developed. This had cylinder heads made of light metal, home-spherical combustion chambers, a 5-bearing crankshaft and was one of the first engines to have a camshaft drive by toothed belt. It initially produced 150 hp / 110 kw.
The chassis was also based on the modern chassis of the 1700, with a modern independent suspension at the front and a DeDion rear axle in contrast to the smaller models. A special feature of the Glas V8 were the Hydromat suspension struts developed by Boge for Daimler Benz and Glas. Here, the suspension strut and shock absorber are integrated into one component.
The body was designed by the Italian designer Pietro Frua, with whom Boge had already worked for the 1700 and the GT. As Pietro Frua had also designed numerous bodies for Maserati, there are some similarities. This is how the car got its nickname “Glaserati”, given to it by none other than the renown car journalist Fritz B. Busch.
So the new big Glas was launched in 1965 at the IAA in Frankfurt as the Glas 2600 V8. The press response was very positive and newspaper wrote about the “pike in the carp pond” and “the big rocket from Dingolfing”.
Due to the high purchase price of 18,000 DM and the positioning as a luxury sports car alone, the number of units remained low. Only 300 Glass 2600 V8s were produced.
The enormously high development costs of the new models and the first economic crisis in 1966 led Glas to decide that they needed a strong partner, which they found in BMW. BMW took over the Glas company for 9.1 million DM on 10 November 1966.
The 2600 V8 model was further developed under Glas’s direction into the 3000 V8 with a 3.0 litre engine. This had an output of 160 hp / 118 kW.
BMW then took over the Glas 3000 V8 into their own model range and sold the exclusive coupé as a BMW. Especially since the discontinuation of the 3200 CS, which was still based on the old BMW V8, meant that there was no longer a high-performance luxury coupé of its own on offer.
However, the price was now significantly higher than before and so the 3000 V8 cost 23,848 DM. Even the 2.6 litre V8 could still be ordered. However, as this was only marginally cheaper, hardly anyone opted for this option.
Only 418 of the BMW Glas 3000 V8 were built and found some prominent buyers such as Franz Beckenbauer.
The example we are offering here was delivered to the dealer Mumenthaler in Marburg on 8 September 1968. The original colour was Chamonix-white. The first registration was on 09.04.1969.
In 1988, the car was bought by a real fan of the Glas brand from Homberg / Ohm, who restored it extensively from 1990 onwards. He dismantled the car as far as possible, had the bodywork sandblasted, repaired, primed and repainted in BMW Stratos blue metallic.
In addition, the car received a cavity sealant. All chrome parts were re-chromed and the stainless steel parts (such as the bumpers) were polished. The engine was partially disassembled, cleaned and the valves were reworked. The chassis was also overhauled. The upholstery was reupholstered and the headliner and boot were relined.
The gentleman was also active in the Glass Club with the car. For example, he took part in the Concours d’elegance in Schwetzingen with the car and the car was even featured on the cover of the Glas Club magazine in 2004.
In 2006, he sold the car through a reputable dealer to the current owner from Germany, who has now given the car to me to sell after 17 years in his possession.
Fresh for sale, the car has had a comprehensive service in December 2022 including new timing belt, new tyres
The car can be viewed at our premises in 33415 Verl at any time by arrangement. A lifting platform is of course available for this purpose.
Please contact us if you are interested in further information.
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